Packaging Red HatΒΆ

Tested on CentOS 6, CentOS 7, CentOS 8 and Fedora 24.

  1. On CentOS 6, refer to CentOS 6 for details on installing sufficiently up-to-date package versions to enable building FRR.

    Newer automake/autoconf/bison is only needed to build the RPM and is not needed to install the binary RPM package.

  2. Install the build dependencies for your platform. Refer to the platform-specific build documentation on how to do this.

  3. Install the following additional packages:

    yum install rpm-build net-snmp-devel pam-devel libcap-devel

    For CentOS 7 and CentOS 8, the package will be built using python3 and requires additional python3 packages:

    yum install python3-devel python3-sphinx


    For CentOS 8 you need to install platform-python-devel package to provide /usr/bin/

    yum install platform-python-devel

    If yum is not present on your system, use dnf instead.

    You should enable PowerTools repo if using CentOS 8 which is disabled by default.

  4. Checkout FRR:

    git clone frr
  5. Run Bootstrap and make distribution tar.gz:

    cd frr
    ./configure --with-pkg-extra-version=-MyRPMVersion
    make dist


    The only configure option respected when building RPMs is --with-pkg-extra-version.

  6. Create RPM directory structure and populate with sources:

    mkdir rpmbuild
    mkdir rpmbuild/SOURCES
    mkdir rpmbuild/SPECS
    cp redhat/*.spec rpmbuild/SPECS/
    cp frr*.tar.gz rpmbuild/SOURCES/
  7. Edit rpm/SPECS/frr.spec with configuration as needed.

    Look at the beginning of the file and adjust the following parameters to enable or disable features as required:

    ############### FRRouting (FRR) configure options #################
    # with-feature options
    %{!?with_pam:           %global  with_pam           0 }
    %{!?with_ospfclient:    %global  with_ospfclient    1 }
    %{!?with_ospfapi:       %global  with_ospfapi       1 }
    %{!?with_irdp:          %global  with_irdp          1 }
    %{!?with_rtadv:         %global  with_rtadv         1 }
    %{!?with_ldpd:          %global  with_ldpd          1 }
    %{!?with_nhrpd:         %global  with_nhrpd         1 }
    %{!?with_eigrp:         %global  with_eigrpd        1 }
    %{!?with_shared:        %global  with_shared        1 }
    %{!?with_multipath:     %global  with_multipath     256 }
    %{!?frr_user:           %global  frr_user           frr }
    %{!?vty_group:          %global  vty_group          frrvty }
    %{!?with_fpm:           %global  with_fpm           0 }
    %{!?with_watchfrr:      %global  with_watchfrr      1 }
    %{!?with_bgp_vnc:       %global  with_bgp_vnc       0 }
    %{!?with_pimd:          %global  with_pimd          1 }
    %{!?with_pim6d:         %global  with_pim6d         1 }
    %{!?with_rpki:          %global  with_rpki          0 }
  8. Build the RPM:

    rpmbuild --define "_topdir `pwd`/rpmbuild" -ba rpmbuild/SPECS/frr.spec

    If building with RPKI, then download and install the additional RPKI packages from

If all works correctly, then you should end up with the RPMs under rpmbuild/RPMS and the source RPM under rpmbuild/SRPMS.