How To Enable PowerTools Repository on AlmaLinux 8

Enable PowerTools Repository on AlmaLinux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to enable the PowerTools repository on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, PowerTools is another repository that is meant to supply mostly developer-related packages, tools, and libraries. This one is also created for RedHat and its derivatives such as CentOS, AlmaLinux, and others. Most repositories rely on the PowerTools to be enabled, including the most popular Extra packages for the Enterprise Linux repository.

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 the step-by-step setup PowerTools Repository on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: AlmaLinux or RHEL-based.
  • 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 user or 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 PowerTools Repository on AlmaLinux 8

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

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install dnf-plugins-core

Step 2. Enable EPEL repository.

You need to enable EPEL since while installing a package being provided by the PowerTools repository, there might be some dependencies required and provided by the EPEL:

sudo dnf install epel-release

For additional resources on installing EPEL, read the post below:

Step 3. Enable PowerTools Repository on AlmaLinux.

By default, PowerTools is not available on AlmaLinux 8 base repository. Now run the following command below to enable the PowerTools repo to your AlmaLinux system:

sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled powertools

Verify that PowerTools is successfully enabled:

sudo dnf repolist

To see a list of packages available from the PowerTools repository:

sudo dnf repo-pkgs powertools list

To make sure the system has recognized the newly added repo and let it install if any update is available through these two repositories, run the system update command once:

sudo dnf update

Congratulations! You have successfully set up the PowerTools repository. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the PowerTools repository on your AlmaLinux 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official AlmaLinux website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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