Installing snap on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
The packages for RHEL 8 and RHEL 7 are in each distribution’s respective Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository. The instructions for adding this repository diverge slightly between RHEL 8 and RHEL 7, which is why they’re listed separately below.
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If you don’t already have the EPEL repository added to your distribution, it can be added as follows:
Adding EPEL to RHEL 8
The EPEL repository can be added to a RHEL 8 system with the following command:
$ sudo dnf install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm $ sudo dnf upgrade
If you’re interested in understanding how these packages are built, see Building a snap RPM for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.
Adding EPEL to RHEL 7
The EPEL repository can be added to a RHEL 7 system with the following command:
$ sudo rpm -ivh https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
Adding the optional and extras repositories is also recommended:
$ sudo subscription-manager repos --enable "rhel-*-optional-rpms" --enable "rhel-*-extras-rpms" $ sudo yum update
With the EPEL repository added to your RHEL installation, simply install the snapd package:
$ sudo yum install snapd
Once installed, the systemd unit that manages the main snap communication socket needs to be enabled:
$ sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
To enable classic snap support, enter the following to create a symbolic link between
$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
Either log out and back in again or restart your system to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.
Snap is now installed and ready to go! If you’re using a desktop, a great next step is to install the Snap Store app.
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