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Version information

  • 5.0.0 (latest)
  • 4.1.0
  • 4.0.0
  • 3.1.0
  • 3.0.1
  • 3.0.0
released Aug 22nd 2023
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2023.7.x, 2023.6.x, 2023.5.x, 2023.4.x, 2023.3.x, 2023.2.x, 2023.1.x, 2023.0.x, 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x
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Start using this module

  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'puppet-epel', '5.0.0'
Learn more about managing modules with a Puppetfile

Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add puppet-epel
Learn more about using this module with an existing project

Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install puppet-epel --version 5.0.0

Direct download is not typically how you would use a Puppet module to manage your infrastructure, but you may want to download the module in order to inspect the code.



puppet/epel — version 5.0.0 Aug 22nd 2023

Configure EPEL (Extra Repository for Enterprise Linux)

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This module basically just mimics the epel-release rpm. The same repos are enabled/disabled and the GPG key is imported. In the end you will end up with the EPEL repos configured.

The following Repos will be setup and enabled by default:

  • epel

Other repositories that will setup but disabled (as per the epel-release setup)

  • epel-debuginfo
  • epel-source
  • epel-testing
  • epel-testing-debuginfo
  • epel-testing-source


In nearly all cases, you can simply include epel or classify your nodes with the epel class. There are quite a few parameters available if you need to modify the default settings for the epel repository such as having your own mirror, an http proxy, or disable gpg checking.

A list of all parameters is available in

You can also use a puppet one-liner to get epel onto a system.

puppet apply -e 'include epel'


If you have a http proxy required to access the internet, you can use either a class parameter in the epel class (epel_proxy), or edit the $proxy variable in the params.pp file. By default no proxy is assumed.


I am a big fan of EPEL. I actually was one of the people who helped get it going. I am also the owner of the epel-release package, so in general this module should stay fairly up to date with the official upstream package.

I just got sick of coding Puppet modules and basically having an assumption that EPEL was setup or installed. I can now depend on this module instead.

I realize it is fairly trivial to get EPEL setup. Every now-and-then however the path to epel-release changes because something changes in the package (mass rebuild, rpm build macros updates, etc). This module will bypass the changing URL and just setup the package mirrors.

This does mean that if you are looking for RPM macros that are normally included with EPEL release, this will not have them.

Further Information

Testing and Compatibility

  • This module is tested on CentOS 7 and 8 with Puppet 6 and Puppet 7.
  • It should work on any RHEL variant such as RedHat, OracleLinux, Scientific Linux etc.
  • Amazon Linux compatability is not promised, as EPEL doesn't always work with it.
  • Support for EL5 and EL6 is deprecated. It may still work but we have no acceptance tests.

Unit tests

Install the necessary gems

bundle install --path vendor --without system_tests

Run the RSpec and puppet-lint tests

bundle exec rake test

System tests

If you have Vagrant >=1.1.0 you can also run system tests:

RSPEC_SET=centos-64-x64 bundle exec rake spec:system

Available RSPEC_SET options are in .nodeset.yml


This module is distributed under the Apache License 2.0. Since version 3, it is maintained by Vox Pupuli.



If you're on CentOS 7 or CentOS 8, you can just yum install epel-release as it's in centos-extras.