Finding Which RPM Package Contains a File


To search a list of RPM files for a particular file, execute the following command:

    xargs rpm --query --filesbypkg --package | \

Replace RPMS-TO-SEARCH with the names of the RPM files to search, and replace FILE-TO-SEARCH-FOR with the name of the file to search for. The --filesbypkg option tells the rpm command to output the name of the package as well as the name of the file.



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Correction for "Another way"

Anonymous's picture

D**n... Missed the stated intent of searching uninstalled packages.

The "--whatprovides" switch naturally only searches packages already installed on the system, not the package files.

Sorry for that.

Another way to find the file.

Anonymous's picture

Or You could just use RPM's database.

rpm -q --whatprovides FILES_TO_SEARCH_FOR

Other Usefull rpm commands

Rui Lapa's picture

Same as:
rpm -qlp RPMS-TO-SEARCH | \

q - query
l - list files
p - packages

Good ones are:

1. Find the rpm which FILE (path/filename) belongs to
rpm -qf FILE

2. Verify rpm files (changes, MD5, permissions, owner, ...)

3. List packages ordered by SIZE
rpm -qa --qf "%{SIZE} %{NAME}\n" | sort -n

4. Repackage OLD files (make rollback rpm) when upgrading an rpm
rpm --repackage -Uvh NEW_RPM_PACKAGE

rpm -qlp RPMS-TO-SEARCH |

Patricio Diaz's picture

rpm -qlp RPMS-TO-SEARCH | grep FILE-TO-SEARCH-FOR will tell you the file name, the directory it will be installed on, and that there is a package containing it, but won't tell you which package is.