Upgrade a Single Package on CentOS/Fedora

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Upgrade a Single Package on CentOS/Fedora

Want to upgrade a single package on CentOS/Fedora systems?

Worry not, because, CentOS/Fedora or any other RHEL based distribution provides a way to upgrade a single package using the yum command.

Upgrading a Single Package on CentOS/Fedora

Usually, CentOS/Fedora or any other RHEL based distribution provides the yum update command for updating system packages.

When you run the yum update, all system packages with available updates are updated.

However, if you want to upgrade a single package, then you would have to pass the package name as the argument to the yum update command.

yum update <packagename>


dnf update <packagename>

Replace the <packagename> with the name of the specific package you want to update.

Similarly, you can use the command;

yum upgrade <packagename>


dnf upgrade <packagename>

For example, let us list all available package updates using either yum check-update or yum list updates.

yum check-update


yum list updates

Either of the commands will provide a list of all packages with packages available;

See my truncated output below from yum list updates command.

vim-common.x86_64                                                              2:8.0.1763-15.el8                                                                 AppStream  
vim-enhanced.x86_64                                                            2:8.0.1763-15.el8                                                                 AppStream  
vim-filesystem.noarch                                                          2:8.0.1763-15.el8                                                                 AppStream  
vim-minimal.x86_64                                                             2:8.0.1763-15.el8                                                                 BaseOS     
webmin.noarch                                                                  1.970-1                                                                           Webmin     
wget.x86_64                                                                    1.19.5-10.el8                                                                     AppStream  
which.x86_64                                                                   2.21-12.el8                                                                       BaseOS     
xfsprogs.x86_64                                                                5.0.0-4.el8                                                                       BaseOS     
xkeyboard-config.noarch                                                        2.28-1.el8                                                                        AppStream  
yum.noarch                                                                     4.2.23-4.el8                                                                      BaseOS     

Note that you can as well get the packages that needs to be upgraded using the yum list --upgrades command.

Lets take for example, I want to upgrade individual package on CentOS/Fedora like, webmin, which is one of the packages that have updates available as per out above command output, then either of the commands below get the job done.

Before that, check the version of the installed package;

yum list installed webmin
Installed Packages
webmin.noarch         1.940-2              @Webmin                                                   

As you can see, we have Webmin version 1.940-2 installed.

The available updated version is webmin v1.970-1.

Thus, to upgrade a single or individual specific package on CentOS/Fedora

dnf update webmin


yum update webmin


dnf upgrade webmin


yum upgrade webmin
Last metadata expiration check: 0:51:04 ago on Wed 03 Feb 2021 10:12:22 AM EST.
Dependencies resolved.
 Package                                  Arch                                     Version                                   Repository                                Size
 webmin                                   noarch                                   1.970-1                                   Webmin                                    39 M

Transaction Summary
Upgrade  1 Package

Total download size: 39 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y

And that is all on upgrading a single package on CentOS/Fedora systems.

Further Reading

Read more on;

man yum
man dnf

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