RPM, Red Hat Package Manager File (.rpm)
The RPM Archive file format
Originally, the RPM file extension and the according format has been developed for the Linux OS Red Hat. However, due to its easy handling and versatility, RPM files are used across different Linux systems as well. The RPM file is used to install programs and software on Linux systems.
Technical details of RPM files
RPM files are compressed files containing installation data and information for different programs and software. It is used mainly on Linux systems. The files also serve the function to uninstall software as well as verifying, updating and querying the contained software.