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How to use yum to download a package without installing it

Updated 2014-11-19T07:24:56+00:00


  • How do I use yum to download a package without installing it?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5


There are two ways to download a package without installing it.

One is using the "downloadonly" plugin for yum, the other is using "yumdownloader" utility.

Downloadonly plugin for yum

  1. Install the package including "downloadonly" plugin:

    # yum install yum-downloadonly
    # yum install yum-plugin-downloadonly
  2. Run yum command with "--downloadonly" option as follows:

    # yum install --downloadonly --downloaddir=<directory> <package>
  3. Confirm the RPM files are available in the specified download directory.


  • Before using the plugin, check /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/downloadonly.conf to confirm that this plugin is "enabled=1"
  • This is applicable for "yum install/yum update" and not for "yum groupinstall". Use "yum groupinfo" to identify packages within a specific group.
  • If only the package name is specified, the latest available package is downloaded (such as sshd). Otherwise, you can specify the full package name and version (such as httpd-2.2.3-22.el5).
  • If you do not use the --downloaddir option, files are saved by default in /var/cache/yum/ in rhel-{arch}-channel/packages
  • If desired, you can download multiple packages on the same command.
  • You still need to re-download the repodata if the repodata expires before you re-use the cache. By default it takes two hours to expire.


If downloading a installed package, "yumdownloader" is useful.

  1. Install the yum-utils package:

    # yum install yum-utils
  2. Run the command followed by the desired package:

    # yumdownloader <package>


  • The package is saved in the current working directly by default; use the --destdir option to specify an alternate location.
  • Be sure to add --resolve if you need to download dependencies.