Red Hat introduced RPM in 1995. RPM is now the package management system used for packaging in the Linux Standard Base (LSB). The rpm command options are grouped into three subgroups for:


  • Querying and verifying packages
  • Installing, upgrading, and removing packages
  • Performing miscellaneous functions
  • We will focus on the first two sets of command options in this tutorial. You will find information about the miscellaneous functions in the man pages for RPM.


To get the most from the tutorials in this series, you should have a basic knowledge of Linux and a working Linux system on which you can practice the commands covered in this tutorial. Sometimes different versions of a program will format output differently, so your results may not always look exactly like the listings and figures shown here. In particular, much of the output we show is highly dependent on the packages that are already installed on our systems.



Using RPM

  • Finding RPM Packages
  • Installing
  • Uninstalling
  • Upgrading
  • Freshening
  • Querying
  • Verifying

Checking a Package's Signature

  • Importing Keys
  • Verifying Signature of Packages
  • Practical and Common Examples of RPM Usage

Creating a RPM Packages

  • create your rpm build env for RPM
  • create the tarball of your project
  • Copy to the sources dir
  • build the source and the binary rpm

Building a "Hello World" RPM

  • Inside a .spec file
  • Building the package
  • A complete hello.spec file
  • The mock builds