How to find fastest RPM ( yum ) mirror on Fedora, CentOS and RHEL Linux

Something very useful Fedora or RHEL users in terms is to configure YUM, download from quickest network speed package repository. On RHEL and Fedora developers made it be a piece of cake.

All you have to do is run command:

[root@centos]# yum install yum-fastestmirror


That's it the package installs one python script which, takes care of finding the closest RPM repository for your distro as well as check among a list of RPM mirrors which one is fastest and has lesser hosts ( hops ) to your system. It is pretty much like Debian's netselect (the tool on Debian which finds nearast fastest deb repository), except it is much simplistic. Once yum-fastestmirror package is installed you don't need to do nothing else, the script is loaded as a YUM plugin so it does all work on finding closest repository by itself. The list of all mirrors, among yum-fastestmirror will evaluate is: [root@centos ]# grep -i host /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/fastestmirror.conf
[root@centos ]# wc -l /var/cache/yum/timedhosts.txt 50 /var/cache/yum/timedhosts.txt

The whole list of RPM package mirrors as of time of writing as taken from CentOS 5.6 is here

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