I am trying to install the latest version of g++ in Cent OS. The best I managed is the following:

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
yum install devtoolset-2-gcc-c++ devtoolset-2-binutils

But this installs g++ 4.8.2 and not 4.9.2. Is there a way to install 4.9.2?


You will have to do it the old fashioned way. Get the GCC sources, build it by hand.

Any reason you are averse to doing this? (I can think of a few, but unless you do too, I don't want to add anything that might be confusing).

If you are hesitant to build from sources, I can probably provide some steps.

NOTE: The reason for that is the devtools with 4.9 is currently only available to Red Hat users with a valid license. Wait for a while, and eventually I am sure 4.9 devtools will be made available to CentOS users too like 4.8 is currently.


CentOS 6/7 officially supports this. You don't need third party repository. And gcc version is 4.9.2 in CentOS's repo.

yum install centos-release-scl-rh          
yum install devtoolset-3-gcc devtoolset-3-gcc-c++   

To use the updated tools, start a new shell using the scl command:

scl enable devtoolset-3 bash

You may also need to reset your PATH environment variable, which might be set in ~/.bashrc or other profile file. If you need to change it, it should point to /opt/rh/devtoolset-3/root/usr/bin/:$PATH

More information on the SCL from CentOS and from Red Hat

  • This didn't work for me. After those 3 steps completed seemingly successful, I still see gcc 4.7.2 when i do gcc -v – B T Mar 7 '17 at 8:23
  • Ok, in addition to these steps, I had to change my .bashrc file so that my PATH environment variable was set to /opt/rh/devtoolset-3/root/usr/bin/:$PATH rather than /opt/centos/devtoolset-1.1/root/usr/bin/:$PATH. Then after a session restart it worked. – B T Mar 7 '17 at 8:35
  • After using this solution I see that the gcc version really updated (using gcc --version), but I still see the header files from the old version. Moreover, I cannot find most of the newer headers in the directory I expected them to be (/opt/rh/devtoolset-3/root/usr/include/). Why can this happen and how can I solve it? – MaMazav Jun 12 '17 at 10:48

I use Scientific Linux Cern 6 repository to install gcc 4.9 and g++ 4.9 on my CentOS 6.5 and CentOS 6.6 systems. It does not install g++ 4.9.2. It installs g++ 4.9.1 instead which is good enough for my needs.

Here are the commands I use to install it.

cd /etc/yum.repos.d
wget http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/scl/slc6-scl.repo
yum -y --nogpgcheck install devtoolset-3-gcc devtoolset-3-gcc-c++

As Michael said in his comment to this post, to actually use the version of gcc that this installs, start a new shell with the following command.

scl enable devtoolset-3 bash
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    To actually use the version of gcc that this installs, start a new shell using scl enable devtoolset-3 bash – Michael Oct 9 '15 at 8:55
  • @Michael Thank you for mentioning this. I have included your comment in my answer now to make the answer more helpful. – Susam Pal Oct 9 '15 at 12:29
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    Worked like a charm, thanks. – bananafacts Apr 20 '16 at 18:16
  • Also didn't work for me. Same as for Jesse's answer – B T Mar 7 '17 at 8:27

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