Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
User Guide for Linux Instances

Adding Repositories

By default, Amazon Linux instances launch with two repositories enabled: amzn-main and amzn-updates. While there are many packages available in these repositories that are updated by Amazon Web Services, there may be a package that you wish to install that is contained in another repository.


These procedures are intended for use with Amazon Linux. For more information about other distributions, see their specific documentation.

To install a package from a different repository with yum, you need to add the repository information to the /etc/yum.conf file or to its own repository.repo file in the /etc/yum.repos.d directory. You can do this manually, but most yum repositories provide their own repository.repo file at their repository URL.

To determine what yum repositories are already installed

  • List the installed yum repositories with the following command:

    [ec2-user ~]$ yum repolist all

    The resulting output lists the installed repositories and reports the status of each. Enabled repositories display the number of packages they contain.

    repo id                             repo name                                                                status
    !amzn-main/latest                   amzn-main-Base                                                           enabled: 5,612
    amzn-main-debuginfo/latest          amzn-main-debuginfo                                                      disabled
    amzn-main-source/latest             amzn-main-source                                                         disabled
    amzn-nosrc/latest                   amzn-nosrc-Base                                                          disabled
    amzn-preview/latest                 amzn-preview-Base                                                        disabled
    amzn-preview-debuginfo/latest       amzn-preview-debuginfo                                                   disabled
    amzn-preview-source/latest          amzn-preview-source                                                      disabled
    !amzn-updates/latest                amzn-updates-Base                                                        enabled: 1,152
    amzn-updates-debuginfo/latest       amzn-updates-debuginfo                                                   disabled
    amzn-updates-source/latest          amzn-updates-source                                                      disabled
    epel/x86_64                         Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - x86_64                           disabled
    epel-debuginfo/x86_64               Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - x86_64 - Debug                   disabled
    epel-source/x86_64                  Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - x86_64 - Source                  disabled
    epel-testing/x86_64                 Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - Testing - x86_64                 disabled
    epel-testing-debuginfo/x86_64       Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - Testing - x86_64 - Debug         disabled
    epel-testing-source/x86_64          Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - Testing - x86_64 - Source        disabled 

To add a yum repository to /etc/yum.repos.d

  1. Find the location of the .repo file. This will vary depending on the repository you are adding. In this example, the .repo file is at

  2. Add the repository with the yum-config-manager command.

    [ec2-user ~]$ sudo yum-config-manager --add-repo Loaded plugins: priorities, update-motd, upgrade-helper adding repo from: grabbing file to /etc/yum.repos.d/repository.repo repository.repo | 4.0 kB 00:00 repo saved to /etc/yum.repos.d/repository.repo

After you install a repository, you must enable it as described in the next procedure.

To enable a yum repository in /etc/yum.repos.d

  • Use the yum-config-manager command with the --enable repository flag. The following command enables the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository from the Fedora project. By default, this repository is present in /etc/yum.repos.d on Amazon Linux instances, but it is not enabled.

    [ec2-user ~]$ sudo yum-config-manager --enable epel


For information on enabling the EPEL repository on other distributions, such as Red Hat and CentOS, see the EPEL documentation at