How To Enable EPEL Repository on AlmaLinux 8

Enable EPEL Repository on AlmaLinux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to enable the EPEL repository on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) is a repository with a high-quality set of additional packages for Enterprise Linux operating systems such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, and Scientific Linux (SL), Oracle Linux (OL), AlmaLinux, and any other Linux distribution from the RHEL family. Once you set up the EPEL repository, you can use dnf command to install any of close to 7,000 EPEL packages.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step added EPEL repository on AlmaLinux 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: AlmaLinux 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Enable EPEL Repository on AlmaLinux 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Enable EPEL Repository on AlmaLinux 8.

Just like CentOS 8, now we run the simple following command to get EPEL enabled:

sudo dnf install epel-release

Another method, run the command below to install EPEL Repository on AlmaLinux OS 8:

sudo dnf install

Once done, check the current list of repositories on AlmaLinux OS 8 to confirm EPEL is available:

sudo dnf repolist


repo id                                              repo name                                                             status
*epel                                                Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 8 - x86_64                        1,238
google-cloud-sdk                                     Google Cloud SDK                                                        906
google-compute-engine                                Google Compute Engine                                                     6
rhui-codeready-builder-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rhui-rpms   Red Hat CodeReady Linux Builder for RHEL 8 x86_64 (RPMs) from RHUI    1,526
rhui-rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-rhui-rpms           Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - AppStream from RHUI (RPMs)    6,003
rhui-rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-rhui-rpms              Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - BaseOS from RHUI (RPMs)       2,172

Congratulations! You have successfully enabled the EPEL repo. Thanks for using this tutorial to add the EPEL repository to your AlmaLinux 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official EPEL website.

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