Additional Repositories for CentOS Linux

CentOS is a super solid Linux distro. However, its default repository’s packages are limited compared to Fedora. Even Fedora needs some additional repositories to have software packages for daily usage, such as MPlayer, ffmpeg. Fortunately, some community maintained repositories provides these software. In this post, we introduce theses additional common repositories and how to install them into CentOS.

For the installation method, we use CentOS 7 as an example.



EPEL, or Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux, is community effort from the Fedora project to create a repository of high-quality packages for RHEL. It is compatible CentOS.

How to enable it:

# rpm -Uvh


Nux Dextop

A desktop and multimedia oriented RPM repository for EL. It contains a lot of graphical programs such as Ardour, but also text based apps line Cone.

How to enable it:

First, enable the EPEL repository. Then run,

# rpm -Uvh


Google Chrome repository

Add the yum repository for installing Google Chrome from Google:

# echo "[google-chrome]
" > /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo

Install Google Chrome:

# yum install google-chrome-stable -y

Eric Z Ma

Eric is a father and systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.


    1. You can do this:

      1. enable epel repository
      2. `yum install fuse-sshfs`

      When the epel repository has an updated packages for it, `yum update` will also update for you too.

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