Download RPM package using YumDownloader on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7

While working on RHEL and CentOS Servers there are some scenarios where we want to download the particular or set of RPM packages from the command the line without installing it. Though we can use wget command to download packages but wget will not download package dependencies.

Using ‘yumdownloader‘ command we can easily download rpm package along with its dependencies, as its name suggest it will not install the package but only downloads. In other words we can say yumdownloader is a utility for downloading RPMs from yum repositories.I have tested the yumdownloader command on CentOS 7.x / RHEL 7.x

Let’s first install yumdownloader utility using below command.

Open the terminal and execute the beneath yum command

[[email protected] ~]# yum install yum-utils

Example:1 Download a particular package

# yumdownloader <package_name>

[[email protected] ~]# yumdownloader bind-utils


Above command will download the package in the current working directory and it will not download package dependencies.

Example:2 Download rpms and its dependencies in particular folder.

–destdir option in yumdownloader command is used to specify the path of directory where we want to save the downloaded rpms.
–resolve option in yumdownloader will resolve the dependency and will download the required packages.

Let’s assume we want to download Samba and Web (httpd) Server rpm packages along with its dependencies under the folder ‘/opt/downloaded_rpms

[[email protected] ~]# mkdir /opt/downloaded_rpms

[[email protected] ~]# yumdownloader samba httpd --destdir /opt/downloaded_rpms --resolve

Now Verify the whether the packages are downloaded under the specified directory or not.


Example:3 Download the packages related to a particular group

Let’s assume that we want to download all the packages which comes under the group “Development Tools”

[[email protected] ~]# yumdownloader "@Development Tools" --destdir /opt/downloaded_rpms --resolve

That’s all, Please share your feedback and comments if you like the article.

7 thoughts on “Download RPM package using YumDownloader on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7”

    1. Hi ,

      you can use the rpm command to install samba packages. Go to the directory where you have downloaded the samba rpms and run the command :

      # rpm -ivh *.rpm

      OR You can also use yum command to install rpm

      #yum localinstall “*.rpm”

  1. How to download all rpms of “rhel-7-server-optional-rpms” repository on our server which we can use offline?

  2. how to download ntp using rpm, I tried above and download all the packages. still its failed due to
    :- “error: Failed” Can anyone help me in this.

    1. Hi Akshay,

      Did you download ntp package along with its dependencies, if not then download those dependencies too. Example is shown below :
      # yumdownloader ntp –destdir /opt/downloaded_rpms –resolve

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