RHEL6 and CentOS 6: missing libmcrypt and libmhash in default repository

Mattias Geniar, Thursday, November 24, 2011 - last modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

For God-knows-what reason, the libmcrypt and libmhash aren't included in the default repository for CentOS 6 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. So you'll run into the following when trying to compile PHP.

configure: error: mcrypt.h not found. Please reinstall libmcrypt.

And you can't install it.

# yum install libmcrypt-devel
No package libmcrypt-devel available.
Error: Nothing to do

The (only) solution so far: grab the packages from the EPEL repository. Download the RPM (it's same RPM for i386, i686 and x86_64) and install it.

# rpm -ivh “http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm”

And you can install it as "yum install libmcrypt-devel" again. Or libmhash, just the same.

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Levent Pinar Friday, March 23, 2012 at 00:53

Thanks, worked as described


Bryon Monday, March 26, 2012 at 07:08

A+++ thanks, 10/10


Liza Velazquez Friday, August 31, 2012 at 00:29

Save my life. Thanks


indra Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 08:00

thanks Mattias, you saved my day


Yatin Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 19:31

Updated URL … rpm -ivh “http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm”


Ashwani Monday, August 12, 2013 at 03:31

Thanks Mattias


Sharl Monday, July 28, 2014 at 07:48

thx for sharing this point.


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