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Original author(s) Pascal Rigaux
Developer(s) Thierry Vignaud
Written in Perl
Operating system Linux
Type Package management system
Website metacpan.org/release/urpmi

urpmi is a Mageia/Mandriva Linux package management tool for installing, removing, updating and querying software packages of local or remote (networked) media. It wraps around the package manager rpm with the aim that the user should not have to suffer the often-encountered[citation needed] dependency hell. It works with official sources from Mandriva or unofficial sources such as those from the Penguin Liberation Front. It has a graphical front-end: Rpmdrake.

In addition to being used by Mandriva Linux, It is also used by:

  • Mageia Linux (a fork of Mandriva Linux that is the base for future Mandriva products[1])
  • ROSA Linux (a fork of Mandriva Linux that is the base for future OpenMandriva products[2]).


urpmi was developed as an experimentation by Pascal Rigaux (Pixel) to address RPM install limitation, it was further maintained by François Pons and different Mandriva employees. It is currently (2010-2013) maintained by Thierry Vignaud which was the maintainer of rpmdrake (see [1]) and of one of the co maintainer of the drakx installer and tools at Mandriva before continuing doing that job at Mageia. This is the version that will be used by Mandriva in its future products which will be based on Mageia (See [2]).

Per Øyvind Karlsen maintains a fork of urpmi at Rosa Linux, backporting fixes & improvements from Thierry Vignaud work (e.g.: [3] -> [4]), but this is not the version used by Mandriva Business Server which is based on Mageia.


Generic commands[edit]

Install package urpmi <package_name>
Uninstall package with link (dependencies) urpme <package_name>
Query the package database urpmq <package_name>
Find package that contains a file urpmf <file>
Find package knowing only a part of an rpm name urpmq --fuzzy <part-of-package_name>
Update your package list urpmi.update -a
Update your system (using all repositories) urpmi --auto-select
Update your system (only using update repositories) urpmi --update --auto-select

Useful commands[edit]

Find package containing <word> in their name urpmi -y <word>
Find package without link (dependencies) urpmi_rpm-find-leaves

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