Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
User Guide for Linux Instances

Installing Software Packages

The yum package manager is a great tool for installing software, because it can search all of your enabled repositories for different software packages and also handle any dependencies in the software installation process.


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 repository, use the yum install package command, replacing package with the name of the software to install. For example, to install the links text-based web browser, enter the following command.

[ec2-user ~]$ sudo yum install links

To install a group of packages, use the yum groupinstall Group Name command, replacing Group Name with the name of the group you would like to install. For example, to install the "Performance Tools" group, enter the following command.

[ec2-user ~]$ sudo yum groupinstall "Performance Tools"

By default, yum will only install the mandatory and default packages in the group listing. If you would like to install the optional packages in the group also, you can set the group_package_types configuration parameter in the command when you execute it that adds the optional packages.

[ec2-user ~]$ sudo yum --setopt=group_package_types=mandatory,default,optional groupinstall "Performance Tools"

You can also use yum install to install RPM package files that you have downloaded from the Internet. To do this, simply append the path name of an RPM file to the installation command instead of a repository package name.

[ec2-user ~]$ sudo yum install my-package.rpm