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? How can I install GCC (C and C++ Compiler) and development tools on a CentOS or RHEL 7?

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
Difficulty level Easy
Root privileges Yes
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Est. reading time 5m

CentOS / RHEL 7: Install GCC Package list

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

Installing GCC c and c++

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

Another option:
# yum group list ids
Sample outputs:

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
There is no installed groups file.
Maybe run: yum groups mark convert (see man yum)
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * epel:
 * extras:
 * updates:
Available Environment Groups:
   Minimal Install (minimal)
   Compute Node (compute-node-environment)
   Infrastructure Server (infrastructure-server-environment)
   File and Print Server (file-print-server-environment)
   MATE Desktop (mate-desktop-environment)
   Basic Web Server (web-server-environment)
   Virtualization Host (virtualization-host-environment)
   Server with GUI (graphical-server-environment)
   GNOME Desktop (gnome-desktop-environment)
   KDE Plasma Workspaces (kde-desktop-environment)
   Development and Creative Workstation (developer-workstation-environment)
Available Groups:
   CIFS file server (cifs-file-server)
   Compatibility Libraries (compat-libraries)
   Console Internet Tools (console-internet)
   Desktop (basic-desktop)
   Desktop Platform (desktop-platform)
   Desktop Platform Development (desktop-platform-devel)
   Development Tools (development)
   Eclipse (eclipse)
   Educational Software (education)
   Electronic Lab (electronic-lab)
   FCoE Storage Client (storage-client-fcoe)
   Fedora Packager (fedora-packager)
   General Purpose Desktop (general-desktop)
   Graphical Administration Tools (graphical-admin-tools)
   Haskell (haskell)
   Legacy UNIX Compatibility (legacy-unix)
   Messaging Client Support (system-management-messaging-client)
   Messaging Server Support (system-management-messaging-server)
   Milkymist (milkymist)
   MySQL Database client (mysql-client)
   MySQL Database server (mysql)
   NFS file server (nfs-file-server)
   Network Storage Server (storage-server)
   SNMP Support (system-management-snmp)
   Scientific Support (scientific)
   Security Tools (security-tools)
   Server Platform (server-platform)
   Server Platform Development (server-platform-devel)
   Smart Card Support (smart-card)
   Storage Availability Tools (storage-client-multipath)
   System Administration Tools (system-admin-tools)
   System Management (system-management)
   TeX support (tex)
   TurboGears application framework (turbogears)
   Virtualization (virtualization)
   Web-Based Enterprise Management (system-management-wbem)
   Xfce (xfce-desktop)
   iSCSI Storage Client (storage-client-iscsi)

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

Type the following yum command as root user:
# yum group install "Development Tools"
$ 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

A note about failing groupinstall on CentOS/RHEL 7.x

To install all the packages belonging to a package group called “Development Tools” use the following command:
# yum --setopt=group_package_types=mandatory,default,optional groupinstall "Development Tools"
# yum --setopt=group_package_types=mandatory,default,optional group install "Development Tools"
The yum has changed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7/CentOS 7. The package group “Development Tools”” has only the optional packages which by default doesn’t get installed. So we will need to pass the option --setopt=group_package_types=mandatory,default,optional to install the optional packages too.

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

Test gcc C compiler with a sample foo.c program

Create a file called foo.c as follows:

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!
CentOS RHEL 7 Install GCC Compiler And Test It

A note about install man pages on a CentOS 6/7

Use the yum command as follows:
$ ## [ CentOS 7 ] ##
$ sudo yum install man-pages man-db man
$ ## [ CentOS 6.x ] ##
$ sudo yum install man man-pages


You learned how to install GNU c, c++ compilers and releated tools on a CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 7.x. See GCC site for more info.

This entry is 3 of 13 in the Linux GNU/GCC Compilers Tutorial series. Keep reading the rest of the series:
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  • danilo Jul 14, 2014 @ 20:53

    Just use yum install gcc*

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

  • kirti Oct 21, 2014 @ 7:09

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

    Please update.

  • greendruid Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:17

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

  • xfree Nov 27, 2014 @ 3:44

    yum group install "Development Tools"
    right is
    yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

    • deadman Dec 18, 2014 @ 9:12

      yes, you is right

  • tom Jul 12, 2015 @ 0:26

    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 Jul 12, 2015 @ 17:28

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

    • Mickey Dec 2, 2015 @ 17:54

      Use groupinstall as the article says…

      • Donavan May 3, 2016 @ 22:42

        for centos/rhel 7 use (missing the “s” off groups):
        yum groups install "Development Tools"

        Durring install if you get any errors regarding kernel packages ex:

        --> Finished Dependency Resolution
        Error: Package: systemtap-devel-2.8-10.el7.x86_64 (base)
                   Requires: kernel-devel

        All kernel packages are on the yum exclude list so you may need to do the following:
        yum -y install kernel-devel --disableexcludes=all

        to see all groups available:
        yum groups list

  • Richard Klein Jul 20, 2015 @ 17:30

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

    • Mickey Dec 2, 2015 @ 17:55

      Put quotes around the “Development Tools” group name, as per the article (copy and paste is your friend)!

  • aref ghobadi Aug 15, 2015 @ 9:39

    I really appreciate your help

  • AlucarD Mar 4, 2016 @ 15:34

    on CentOS 7 you can try this( It is one line !!) :
    yum groupinstall "Development Tools" --setopt=group_package_types=mandatory,default,optional

    this is a yum setup.
    Have a nice day,

    • vietsoft Apr 29, 2016 @ 0:27

      @AlucarD’s way is definitely works

  • boboc alexandru Sep 1, 2016 @ 14:34

    so, how do i became root? it says i have to be root to perform this action

  • Morvan Nov 13, 2016 @ 0:07

    Good evening.
    Hint from AlucarD saved my day:
    yum groupinstall "Development Tools" --setopt=group_package_types=mandatory,default,optional
    Now, my Server is optimal.

  • dAnarchy Nov 22, 2016 @ 10:00

    Wow this is great for automating installs, thanks for the info!

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