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How do I search for and install software packages in Fedora?

asked 2013-02-02 03:20:22 -0500

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updated 2014-09-28 11:02:48 -0500

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Hello i m new to this OS and am having lots of problems regarding installation of softwares eg. NS2..etc alsoother software packages...where would i get all the packages which are compatible with fedora and procedures how to install them...

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I'm struggling with installing a media player on Fedora because the default installation of GNOME's builtin player cannot handle the file format of video file I want to watch. I've tried npm install $PACKAGE, where PACKAGE is either vlc, mplayer, etc. Why on earth can't I did this?

Nordlöw gravatar imageNordlöw ( 2015-10-26 16:08:45 -0500 )edit

NOTE: For Fedora 22+, please replace yum with dnf.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-12-09 10:34:38 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-02-02 04:30:29 -0500

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updated 2013-02-02 05:13:45 -0500

Which kind of software do you mean? If you mean free software (open source) it is mostly already available in Fedora. You can search it in the package manager.

Or you can do it in a terminal by typing

yum search NameOfSoftware

for example

yum search firefox


yum search burn

And then, when you have found it (e.g. a program for burning CDs and DVDs)

su -c 'yum install k3b'

(k3b is a disc burning program).

There are some additional software packages, that are not available in Fedora directly after install. Some of them are not compatible with the free software licence Fedora uses, others have patent problems in some countries, where software patents exist.

Go to and add this so called repository with a lot of additional packages. RPMfusion has mplayer, VLC, mp3 support for many programs and many more.

If you search for Chrome browser, you wouldn’t find it there either. You can get the open source version, called Chromium, here: For short:

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
su -c 'wget'
su -c 'yum install -y chromium'

If you want Chrome, go to the Website and download it. The same for Google-Earth and so on.

PS: Please vote up, if you liked my answer.

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answered 2013-02-25 08:59:42 -0500

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updated 2013-02-25 09:04:29 -0500

There are two ways to search for and install new software to Fedora. The first is using the Software tool that is installed by default in Fedora. The second is using the yum command on in the Terminal.

Note that to install new packages on the system your user needs to have Administrator permissions (sudo), or you need to know the root password. (this is dependant on how your system is set up.)

Method 1: Using the 'Software' graphical tool

  1. Open up the Software application from the Activities Overview. You can do this by clicking "Activities" in the top Left corner of the screen, and type in "software".

  2. This is the Software tool. You can use the categories in the left hand pane to browse the different categories, or use the search box in the top left corner. For this example, we are going to install the plugins pack for Fedora's default text editor, gedit. image description

  3. Use the search box to search for "gedit", then press enter. The main screen should show the results of your search. Find the package called "gedit-plugins", select it, and press the "Install Package" button in the bottom right. image description
  4. Note that the package is not yet installed. You need to now press the "Apply Changes" button in the top right to install the package. At this point you will be asked for either your user password (If you are set up as an administrator) or the root password. image description

Method 2: Using the command line

  1. Open up a Terminal window.
  2. To search for packages, use the yum search command. For example, to search for packages regarding gedit, use the command:

    yum search gedit

  3. After scanning that list, we suspect that the package that we want may be gedit-plugins, but we need more information about it. To get more information about a specific package use the command:

    yum info gedit-plugins

To get further details about a specific package.

  1. Now to install the gedit-plugins package use the command,

    sudo yum install gedit-plugins

If your user has Administrator access. If not, use the command:

su -c "yum install gedit-plugins"

And use the root password.

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