Red Hat Software Collections

The latest, stable updates of development technologies for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Software Collections overview

When developing applications for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), developers have two major toolchains to choose from:

  1. There is a set of tools (known as base tools) delivered within RHEL which includes Python, GCC, PHP, Ruby, Perl, and much more. These tools have the same support life cycle as RHEL - up to ten years. To maintain compatibility, the major versions of these tools are fixed at the time of the "dot-zero" release of RHEL. If you want a toolchain that’s supported for 10 years, then use these.

  2. Red Hat Software Collections (RHSCL) are for developers looking for continually updated tools such as the latest stable versions of dynamic languages, open source databases, web infrastructure, and other essential development tools.

Software Collections features

Software Collections releases occur semi-annually. The collections have a two to three-year support life cycle that allows for rapid innovation without sacrificing stability. Software Collections is available with supported RHEL 7 subscriptions, all RHEL developer subscriptions, and the no-cost RHEL Developer subscription.  In addition to RHEL, many of the collections with Linux containers are also available on the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Software Collections allow you to concurrently install multiple versions of the same software components on your system. Packages built as a software collection do not overwrite the base tools included with RHEL.

Building applications in Linux containers

Many Red Hat Software Collections are available with Dockerfiles, but are also distributed as full Linux container images that can be obtained from the Red Hat Container Catalog. This makes it easy to build and deploy applications in Linux containers that use Software Collections components. 

The Dockerfiles used to build the Software Collections container images are provided as Software Collections RPMs on RHEL 7. These source Dockerfiles can be used for building containers with customized Software Collections components.

The Red Hat Software Collections portfolio

Software Collections includes many popular developer resources. Here are a few of the latest versions:

Languages and frameworks

Databases (learn about syspaths with some of these)

  • MariaDB 10.3
  • MongoDB 3.6
  • MySQL 8.0
  • PostgreSQL 10
  • Redis 5

Web and application servers and HTTP accelerators

  • Apache httpd 2.4.34
  • nginx 1.18.0
  • Phusion Passenger 4.0
  • Varnish Cache 6.0

Complementary development tools

  • Git 2.27.0
  • Maven 3.5
  • IDE
  • Eclipse IDE 4.7

For the full list of collections, see the latest Software Collections release notes for their respective life cycles.

Try Red Hat Software Collections today

Follow our RHSCL get started guides to try Node.jsPerlPHPPython, or Ruby on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Need a subscription? Developers can get a no-cost Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer subscription by registering and downloading through

Compiler toolsets

If you are looking for the latest stable versions of compilers, see Red Hat Developer Toolset (DTS) for the C++ GNU Compiler Collection, GDB, and numerous analysis/debugging tools.
Additional compiler toolsets are available for Clang/LLVM, Go, and Rust.

Red Hat Developer ToolsetAdditional compiler toolsets