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What would be the easiest way to install gcc 4.7.x/4.8.x on a system with CentOS 6.2+? The default RPM package contains an older version of gcc.

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Tru Huynh of centos.org has built the redhat developer toolset 1.1, for centos and it contains gcc 4.7.2

So you could simply use his repo and install just gcc, instantly.

cd /etc/yum.repos.d
wget http://people.centos.org/tru/devtools-1.1/devtools-1.1.repo 
yum --enablerepo=testing-1.1-devtools-6 install devtoolset-1.1-gcc devtoolset-1.1-gcc-c++

This will install it most likely into /opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/

Then you can tell your compile process to use the gcc 4.7 instead of 4.4 with the CC variable

export CC=/opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/gcc  
export CPP=/opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/cpp
export CXX=/opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/c++
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running yum --enablerepo=testing-devtools-6 install devtoolset-1.1-gcc devtoolset-1.1-gcc-c++ returns a four-o-four, .. : image –  user144773 Mar 12 '13 at 7:28
Thanks for reporting that, looks like he changed the url and repo name slightly for 1.1 and I had just edited it from 1.0 - I fixed it now, I think people.centos.org/tru/devtools-1.1 –  ck_ Mar 12 '13 at 10:45
don't forget to yum clean all before doing the steps again after failure else you will still get 404 –  user144773 Mar 12 '13 at 11:18
instead of setting individual variables you can do scl enable devtoolset-1.1 bash (it starts new shell with all variables set). –  marcin Mar 28 '13 at 11:42
For g++ 4.8.2, change 1.1 to 2 everywhere, and change --enablerepo=testing-1.1-devtools-6 to --enablerepo=testing-devtools-2-centos-6 –  dwurf Apr 15 '14 at 23:28

There is new version of devtoolset 2.0. Nice people from Cern working on Scientific Linux created an open version:

If you use CentOS (not Scientific Linux), then you will have to import their GPG key from here using:

rpm --import http://www.scientificlinux.org/documentation/gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-cern


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The link for the GPG key above is broken, I found a mirror here: ftp.mirrorservice.org/sites/ftp.scientificlinux.org/linux/… –  staticfloat Sep 27 '14 at 22:23
As of Oct, 2014, I had to install ftp.scientificlinux.org/linux/scientific/6/external_products/… to get the key right. –  rivu Oct 29 '14 at 1:45
^^ ignore the previous comment, it didn't work. can anyone please delete it? I don't have enough reps. –  rivu Oct 29 '14 at 1:58

EL6 gcc-4.8 http://www.hop5.in/yum/el6/repoview/gcc.html

or this

http://puias.princeton.edu/data/puias/DevToolset/6/x86_64/ /etc/yum.repos.d/DevToolset.repo

name=RedHat DevToolset v2 $releasever - $basearch

Testing run

# yum install devtoolset-2-gcc-4.8.2 devtoolset-2-gcc-c++-4.8.2
# /opt/rh/devtoolset-2/root/usr/bin/gcc --version


ln -s /opt/rh/devtoolset-2/root/usr/bin/* /usr/local/bin/
hash -r
gcc --version


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Here is how to get devtoolset-2 (including gcc 4.8.1)

This was taken from http://people.centos.org/tru/devtools-2/readme

wget http://people.centos.org/tru/devtools-2/devtools-2.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/devtools-2.repo
yum install devtoolset-2-gcc devtoolset-2-binutils devtoolset-2-gcc-c++

Known issues:

  • unsigned packages
  • CentOS-6 devtoolset-2 needs devtoolset-2-ide which contains the whole Eclipse stack, but does not build yet
  • CentOS-6 all the maven related file are not built either

Main changes from devtools-1.1:

  • /opt/centos is no longer used
  • /opt/rh is now used as upstream (as SL version)
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From what I can see from the gnu gcc, latest stable version is 4.62. The version 4.7 can be downloaded and compiled, more info on the gcc installation.

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I asked about 4.7 because it is supposed to have some C++11 features that I need (porting from Clang). –  TomA Jan 22 '12 at 19:01
So apart from compiling from source there is no, say, website that would have some rpms I could use? –  TomA Jan 22 '12 at 19:02
Not that I'm aware of, but I'm not very knowledgeable on the topic. RPM repository typicly include the RPM only in it's stable form. –  bbaja42 Jan 22 '12 at 20:28

One way of achieving this would be to fetch src RPMs from the fedora repositories and recompile them for your target system.
Fedora 17 and later provide gcc 4.7

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neither one of these answers worked for me.
even in the shell of devtoolset is still saw my gcc 4.4.7.
My trick was the following:

mv /usr/bin/gcc /usr/bin/gcc.bckup
ln -s /opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/gcc /usr/bin/gcc
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there is a problem with devtool1.1 so I did some changes - finally, this worked for me : first run

yum clean all

than :

wget http://people.centos.org/tru/devtools-1.1/devtools-1.1.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/devtools-1.1.repo

now open /etc/yum.repos.d/devtools-1.1.repo and change from :


(if you are using x86_64)to:


or ((if you are using x86))


and finally run :

yum install devtoolset-1.1
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