Required software

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What Additional Software does EPrints Require?

In brief, EPrints minimally requires Apache (with mod_perl), MySQL and Perl with some extra modules. Various utilities like wget, tar and unzip would also be useful.

EPrints bundles some Perl modules which it uses, to save you installing them.

Where to get the Required Software

Apache, MySQL, Perl and mod_perl are all provided as operating system level packages that can be installed on EPrints' Recommended Platforms. If you wish to install on a unrecommended platform, then you will need to determine the best way to install these applications. It may be possible to infer comparable OS packages by checking the dependencies installed on Red Hat based and Debian based Linux.

Other Tools

File uploads

wget, tar, gunzip and unzip are required to allow users to upload files as .tar.gz or .zip or to captures them from a URL.

These all come installed with most modern versions of linux. If you can't get them working, you can remove the option by editing "archive_formats" in

Tested with wget 1.6.

If there are problems you may need to tweak how these are invoked in

Full Text Indexing

The EPrints indexer requires various tools to extract plain (UTF-8) text from different types of document for indexing.

The full text indexer requires various tools to index each kind of document. These tools may or may not be already installed in your system. EPrints uses these tools to build a "words" file for each document (which contains the text of the document in UTF-8). If it can't run the tool, the "words" file will be empty and EPrints will not retry creating it unless you manually remove it.


Requires pdftotext which is part of the xpdf package.

FC% yum install xpdf

Microsoft Word

Requires wvText which is part of the wvWare package.

FC% yum install wv

Requires antiword, available from (from 3.3 onwards, antiword is only used as a Word -> PDF converter so not strictly necessary)

antiword RPM packages for Red Hat, CentOS and Fedora


Requires the lynx tool (a text based browser)

FC% yum install lynx

LaTeX Tools

There is an optional feature which allows you to instruct EPrints to look in certain fields (e.g. title and abstract) for strings that look like LaTeX equations and render them as images. These tools are only required if you want to use this feature.

latex and dvips should already be available on Fedora Core and RHEL; if not:

FC% yum install tetex-latex

convert (part of the [ ImageMagick] package) should already be available on Fedora Core and RHEL; if not:

FC% yum install ImageMagick

This is a "cosmetic" feature, it only affects the rendering of information, so you can always add it later if you want to save time initially.

Other Platforms

The best place to get a software tool is the official site, but we've put a mirror of versions known to work at: - you don't need to install everything in the tools directory - just those described below.