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CentOS / RHEL 7: Install GCC (C and C++ Compiler) and Development Tools

How do I install gnu gcc compiler and related tools such as autoconf, automake, flex, c++ compiler, and bison on a CentOS 7 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7 server?

You can setup a basic development environment with the following packages on a CentOS Enterprise Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7:
Tutorial details
DifficultyEasy (rss)
Root privilegesYes
RequirementsNone
Estimated completion time5m

  1. autoconf
  2. automake
  3. binutils
  4. bison
  5. flex
  6. gcc
  7. gcc-c++
  8. gettext
  9. libtool
  10. make
  11. patch
  12. pkgconfig
  13. redhat-rpm-config
  14. rpm-build
  15. rpm-sign

Open the Terminal app and type the following commands.

Command to list groups on a CentOS / RHEL 7

Type the following yum command:
# yum group list
Sample outputs:

Fig. 01: CentOS / RHEL 7: List Package Groups Command

Fig. 01: CentOS / RHEL 7: List Package Groups Command

Command to install GCC and Development Tools on a CentOS / RHEL 7 server

Type the following [nixcmd name="yum" as root user:
# yum group install "Development Tools"
OR
$ sudo yum group install "Development Tools"
If above command failed, try:
# yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
Sample outputs:
Animated gif.01: Installing C & C++ and related packages on a CentOS and RHEL 7

Animated gif 01: Installing C & C++ and related packages on a CentOS and RHEL 7

Verify your gcc installation on a CentOS / RHEL 7 server

Type the following command to see gcc location:

$ whereis gcc
gcc: /usr/bin/gcc /usr/lib/gcc /usr/libexec/gcc /usr/share/man/man1/gcc.1.gz

Type the following command to see gcc compiler version:

$ gcc --version
gcc (GCC) 4.8.2 20140120 (Red Hat 4.8.2-16)
Copyright (C) 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Test gcc C compiler with a sample foo.c program

Create a file called foo.c as follows:

 
#include<stdio.h>
int main(void){
	printf("Hello World!\n");
	return 0;
}
 

To compile foo.c into foo executable file, type:
$ cc foo.c -o foo
To execute foo program, type:

$ ./foo
Hello World!
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{ 8 comments… add one }

  • danilo July 14, 2014, 8:53 pm

    Just use yum install gcc*

    It will install all gcc software and upgrade all the files to satisfy dependices

  • kirti October 21, 2014, 7:09 am

    We should have no space between group and install.
    #yum groupinstall “Development Tools”

    Please update.
    Thanks

  • greendruid October 29, 2014, 10:17 am

    Please, fix ‘group install’ -> ‘groupinstall’.
    For example:
    yum groupinstall “Development Tools”

  • xfree November 27, 2014, 3:44 am

    yum group install “Development Tools”
    right is
    yum groupinstall “Development Tools”

  • tom July 12, 2015, 12:26 am

    hello, i have a Problem with gcc, when i need
    when I run include command I get the following message:
    bash: syntax error near unexpected token `newline ‘

  • lata July 12, 2015, 5:28 pm

    #yum install “development tools” is not working in centos 7

  • Richard Klein July 20, 2015, 5:30 pm

    In Centos 7:
    Warning: Group development does not have any packages to install.

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