yum find out path where is package installed to on CentOS/RHEL

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I have install htop package on a CentOS/RHEL. I wanted find out where and at what path htop package installed all files. Is there an easy way to tell yum where is package installed on a CentOS/RHEL?

yum command is an interactive, open source, rpm based, package manager for a CentOS/RHEL and clones. It can automatically perform the following operations for you:

  1. Core system file updates
  2. Package updates
  3. Install a new packages
  4. Delete of old packages
  5. Perform queries on the installed and/or available packages

yum is similar to other high level package managers like apt-get command/apt command.

yum where is package installed

The syntax is as follows to install htop package for a demo purpose:
# yum install htop
To list the files installed by a yum package called htop, run the following rpm command:
# rpm -q {packageNameHere}
# rpm -ql htop

Sample outputs:


How to see the files installed by a yum package using repoquery command

First install yum-utils package using yum command:
# yum install yum-utils
Sample outputs:

Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package yum-utils.noarch 0:1.1.31-42.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: python-kitchen for package: yum-utils-1.1.31-42.el7.noarch
--> Processing Dependency: libxml2-python for package: yum-utils-1.1.31-42.el7.noarch
--> Running transaction check
---> Package libxml2-python.x86_64 0:2.9.1-6.el7_2.3 will be installed
---> Package python-kitchen.noarch 0:1.1.1-5.el7 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package           Arch      Version             Repository                       Size
 yum-utils         noarch    1.1.31-42.el7       rhui-rhel-7-server-rhui-rpms    117 k
Installing for dependencies:
 libxml2-python    x86_64    2.9.1-6.el7_2.3     rhui-rhel-7-server-rhui-rpms    247 k
 python-kitchen    noarch    1.1.1-5.el7         rhui-rhel-7-server-rhui-rpms    266 k
Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package (+2 Dependent packages)
Total download size: 630 k
Installed size: 3.1 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/3): python-kitchen-1.1.1-5.el7.noarch.rpm                    | 266 kB  00:00:00     
(2/3): libxml2-python-2.9.1-6.el7_2.3.x86_64.rpm                | 247 kB  00:00:00     
(3/3): yum-utils-1.1.31-42.el7.noarch.rpm                       | 117 kB  00:00:00     
Total                                                     1.0 MB/s | 630 kB  00:00     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : python-kitchen-1.1.1-5.el7.noarch                                   1/3 
  Installing : libxml2-python-2.9.1-6.el7_2.3.x86_64                               2/3 
  Installing : yum-utils-1.1.31-42.el7.noarch                                      3/3 
  Verifying  : libxml2-python-2.9.1-6.el7_2.3.x86_64                               1/3 
  Verifying  : yum-utils-1.1.31-42.el7.noarch                                      2/3 
  Verifying  : python-kitchen-1.1.1-5.el7.noarch                                   3/3 
  yum-utils.noarch 0:1.1.31-42.el7                                                     
Dependency Installed:
  libxml2-python.x86_64 0:2.9.1-6.el7_2.3      python-kitchen.noarch 0:1.1.1-5.el7     

How do I list the contents of a installed package using YUM?

Now run repoquery command as follows:
# repoquery --list htop
# repoquery -l htop
Sample outputs:

yum where is package installed
Determining the path that a yum package installed to using repoquery command.

You can also use the type command or command command to just find location of given binary file such as httpd or htop:
$ type -a httpd
$ type -a htop
$ command -V htop

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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