syslog-ng offline installation for CentOS/RHEL

Sometimes you work in environments where yum (or another package manager is not available), and you are expected to provide an offline installation of a product. In one case I had to provide a syslog-ng offline installation for CentOS

I’ll describe here how to create an offline installation rpm packages to install syslog-ng on CentOS / RHEL. The same process can help you create an offline installation for any other software. But if you are short on time and just want to get syslog-ng 3.35 for CentOS 7 you can get it here.

So let’s start:


  • CentOS / RHEL machine that has yum – we will be using it to download the required rpm and all its dependencies.
  • Make sure that yum has `downloadonly` plugin

Configuring syslog-ng repos

Following the instructions on syslog-ng website:

If you are on RHEL add additional repository

#RHEL 7:
sudo subscription-manager repos --enable rhel-7-server-optional-rpms

#RHEL 8:
sudo subscription-manager repos --enable rhel-8-for-x86_64-supplementary-rpms

Install Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (replace 7 with 8 for If you need for CentOS/RHEL 8

sudo rpm -Uvh epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm

Add the repo containing the latest unofficial build of syslog-ng. By the time of writing it is syslog-ng 3.35(replace 7 with 8 for CentOS/RHEL 8):

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/

Note: to check what is the latest version of syslog-ng for CentOS/RHEL just head to Fedora Copr website and search for syslog-ng

syslog-ng unofficial build

Download the rpms required for installation

Execute yum install with downloadonly option and provide the destination where you want syslog-ng and the rpm it depends on to be downloaded.

sudo yum install -downloadonly --downloaddir=/tmp/ syslog-ng

If you are getting PG key error, but trust the source you can either add the keys or just add --nopgcheck option to the yum install command

That will download syslog-ng as well as the ivykis and libnet rpm that syslog-ng depends on.

syslog-ng offline installation on the destination host

Copy the previously downloaded rpms to the destination machine.

Install the rpms

sudo yum localinstall ./ivykis-0.36.2-2.el7.x86_64.rpm ./libnet-1.1.6-7.el7.x86_64.rpm ./syslog-ng-3.35.1-2.el7.x86_64.rpm

Enable and start syslog-ng service

systemctl enable syslog-ng
systemctl start syslog-ng

That’s it for now.


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