How to Install RPM Fusion on Fedora 36 Linux

RPM Fusion is a repository of add-on packages for Fedora and EL+EPEL that a group of community volunteers maintains. RPM Fusion is not a standalone repository but an extension of Fedora’s default packages that could not be included due to Fedora being bound by the same legal restrictions as Red Hat.

The RPM Fusion repository comes in two flavors, Free and Non-Free. The free repository contains a free version of the software that is open source and non-free, which have mostly almost all free software but are closed source and mainly proprietary.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install RPM Fusion on your Fedora 36 workstation or server to install additional open-source or proprietary packages, along with examples of using RPM in the command line terminal.

Update Fedora

Before you continue, your system is advised to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid system conflicts during the installation and good system maintenance.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Check for RPM Fusion

The first task is to check if RPM Fusion repositories are already enabled. When installing Fedora, you did have the option to set up third-party repositories.

Open your terminal, and use the following grep command, which will print out any hits from your dnf repo list.

dnf repolist | grep rpmfusion

If you do not have any RPM Fusion repositories in your dnf repo list, the result will come back with nothing. If this is the case, proceed to the next part of the tutorial.

Install & Enable RPM Fusion Repositories

To install the RPM Fusion repo’s in your terminal, you will execute the following commands.

Note, if you an open-source fan, only install the free repository. For all other users, install both.

Install/Enable the Free Repository

sudo dnf install \
  https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

Install/Enable the Non-Free Repository

sudo dnf install \
  https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

Next, verify the installation.

dnf repolist | grep rpmfusion

Example output:

How to Install/Enable RPM Fusion on Fedora 36 Linux

Enable RPM Fusion Testing Updates

For users that may require the latest bleeding-edge updates such as the newest beta or new release NVIDIA Drivers, enabling the RPM Fusion Testing Branch can be helpful but keep in mind the packages may be unstable; please use them with caution.

Enable the Free Testing Updates Repository

sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled rpmfusion-free-updates-testing

Enable the Non-Free Testing Updates Repository

sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing

Check to see if the testing RPM fusions have been added.

dnf repolist | grep rpmfusion

Example output:

How to Install/Enable RPM Fusion on Fedora 36 Linux

RPM Fusion Examples

Search for Packages

Many popular applications that do not come in Fedora’s default repository, such as Discord or Telegram, can now be installed.

Install Discord Example:

sudo dnf install discord -y

Install Telegram Example:

sudo dnf install telegram -y

To search for packages to see if they are available using the DNF package manager, which RPM Fusion is now a part of, use the dnf search command.

sudo dnf search discord

Example output:

How to Install/Enable RPM Fusion on Fedora 36 Linux

Additionally, installing the dnf-utilities package can yield better results.

sudo dnf install dnf-utils -y

Then use the repo query command. The example will continue to use Discord.

sudo repoquery -i discord

Example output:

How to Install/Enable RPM Fusion on Fedora 36 Linux

As you can see, the Discord package is coming from the RPM Fusion Non-Free repository. Ideally, you can use the dnf search and check with the dnf repoquery command to investigate any package that utilizes the dnf package manager.

Install RPM Fusion AppStream Meta Data

The RPM Fusion repository provides packages for GNOME and KDE Discover.

sudo dnf groupupdate core

Install RPM Fusion Multimedia

RPM Fusion repositories also provide packages and updates to play multimedia files and GStreamer compatibility.

Install multimedia packages for GStreamer Enabled Applications:

sudo dnf groupupdate multimedia --setop="install_weak_deps=False" --exclude=PackageKit-gstreamer-plugin

Install sound and video packages required by some applications:

sudo dnf groupupdate sound-and-video

Tainted RPM Fusion Repos

RPM Fusion has what is known as “tainted” repositories for free and non-free. To sum it up, these repositories contain software that is illegal in certain countries, such as playing DVDs with libdvdcss.

Install Taint RPM Fusion Free support (For Floss Packages) and libdvdcss:

sudo dnf install rpmfusion-free-release-tainted libdvdcss

Now, with tainted, it is possible to install such packages as libdvdcss.

sudo dnf install libdvdcss

Install Taint RPM Fusion Non-Free support (For Non-Floss Packages):

sudo dnf install rpmfusion-nonfree-release-tainted

Example of installing additional tainted proprietary support packages.

sudo dnf install \*-firmware

Once done, use the grep command to check the dnf repolist of all the RPM Fusions now installed.

dnf repolist | grep rpmfusion

Example output:

How to Install/Enable RPM Fusion on Fedora 36 Linux

As above, you can see that the tutorial has all repositories of RPM Fusion enabled; ideally, you would only have the standard installed for most situations.

How to Disable RPM Fusion Testing Updates

If you no longer require the RPM fusion testing repository, you can disable it by using one of the following commands that match the repository you enabled.

Disable the Free Testing Updates Repository

sudo dnf config-manager --set-disabled rpmfusion-free-updates-testing

Disable the Non-Free Testing Updates Repository

sudo dnf config-manager --set-disabled rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing

How to Remove (Uninstall) RPM Fusion Repo

To remove the repositories from your Fedora system is relatively easy. To remove repositories, you need to find the name and use the dnf remove command, but first, make sure to have the full name. This can be done using the following command.

Remove the Free Repository

sudo dnf remove rpmfusion-free-release -y

Remove the Non-Free Repository

sudo dnf remove rpmfusion-nonfree-release -y

Remove the Free (Tainted) Repository

sudo dnf remove rpmfusion-free-release-tainted -y

Remove the Non-Free (Tainted) Repository

sudo dnf remove rpmfusion-nonfree-release-tainted -y

To re-install the Fusion drive, repeat the process at the start of the tutorial.

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install the RPM Fusion repository free and non-free along with the tainted repositories on your Fedora 36 workstation or server.

Overall, RPM Fusion is also used on RHEL type distributions, and it’s a well-respected option for getting packages that are not available by default while still utilizing the dnf package manager and not manually installing or using a third-party service like flatpak or snap.

To search the RPM Fusion repository database for packages, visit here.



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