How To Download and Install CentOS 8?
CentOS project released the CentOS version 8 on 25 September 2019. We can download and install CentOS 8 in different ways. In this tutorial, we will download the CentOS DVD and install it. This installation tutorial can be also used for CentOS 6, CentOS 7 and upwards versions.
What Changes with CentOS 8?
There are some major changes which can affect the use of CentOS. Here we will list them.
yumpackage manager is now based
- Version control systems provided with Git 2.18, Mercurial 4.8 and Subversion 1.10
- Python 3 or Python 3.6 is the default version where some limited support is provided for Python 2.7. By default, no version of Python is installed.
Node.jsis added to the CentOS 8. Also PHP 7.2, Ruby 2.5, Perl 5.26 is available.
- Database servers MariaDB 10.3, MySQL 8.0, PostgreSQL 10 and Redis 5 is provided
- Webservers Apache 2.4 and Nginx 1.14 is provided
- GNOME Desktop is provided as 3.28 version and Wayland display server is by default
Download CentOS ISO
We can download the CentOS ISO image from the following URLs. We can download the ISO image directly from the server or using the torrent file. In this case, we will download the ISO image directly.
CentOS-8-x86_64-1905-dvd1.iso image size is about 6.6 GB which is very huge.
Burn The CentOS 8 ISO Image To CD, USB, Flashdisk
In order to install into a physical system, computer or laptop we need to use some installation media which contains CentOS 8. We can use following tutorial to create CentOS 8 installation media with the downloaded CentOS 8 ISO image.
Start CentOS 8 Installation
When we start the system with the CentOS 8 iso mounted we will see the following startup screen. In this screen simply we will select
Install CentOS Linux which will start the installation process.
During boot we can see a dark screen or a screen like below we just need to wait for the
Welcome CentOS screen.
In the following screen we will select the
Installation Language. By default English is provided as Installation language.
Installation Summary screen provides the complete configuration about the CentOS 8 Installation.
Keyboardconfiguration is used to set the keyboard layout
Language Supportconfiguration is used to set system language
Time&Dateconfiguration is used to set date and time with time zone configuration
Installation Sourceconfiguration is used to set installation media which is DVD for this case but also network and internet can be used
Software Selectionconfiguration is used to set installed software, desktop environment and packages
Installation Destinationconfiguration is used to set the disk configuration like LVM, root partition etc
Network & Host Nameconfiguration is used to set the IP address, hostname and network-related configuration.
Security Policyis used to set some security policy from the network.
By default, English keyboard layout is provided but we can change it from
Keyboard configuration. We can add new layout with the plus sign and remove selected existing layout with the minus sign. We can also test the selected layout with the text box on the right side.
We can change the system language from the
Language support. By default, English is provided.
We can change the system time, date and time zone from
Time&Date configuration. We can use the map to select the location which is
Istanbul in this case. We can also use
City options to select.
We can change the installation source but this is generally not required.
Software Selection we can select the software, packages or desktop environment we want to install CentOS 8 and use. By default
Server with GUI base environment selected with no Add-ons.
Installation Destination configuration is used to select and configure the disk we want to install. The default configuration, in this case, is single disk which will be configured automatically.
Network& Host Name is used to configure the IP address, Hostname, and network configuration. We need to make the interface
On which is
ens160 in this case. We can also set the Hostname from below the screen which is
centos8.poftut.com in this case.
We can also load a security policy from the network location bt providing its URL.
Now we will click to the
Begin Installation and the installation process will start. During the installation we have to configure the
Root Password and
User from the following screen.
Root Password screen, we will set the root user password. If the provided password is weak from the security point of view a
Weak message is provided. When we provide a secure password we will see a green
Strong message like below. Also, we have to provide the Root Password to the
Confirm text box to prevent mistyping.
The new step is creating a user from the
Create User. We will see the following screen. We will provide the following configuration.
Full nameis the full name with first and surname of the user which is
İsmail Baydanin this case.
User nameis the system-level user name which will be used for login, authentication and system-related operations. We will set
ismailin this example.
Make this user administratorwill give admin, root, sudo privileges to this user
Requires a password to use this accountwill requires a password for this account
Passwordis the password for this user and which is strong
Confirm passwordwill confirm password
When the installation is complete without any problem we will see the following screen. We can just click to the
Reboot to restart and boot freshly installed CentOS 8 system.
First Time Boot CentOS 8
When we first start the CentOS 8 we will see the following
Initial Setup screen. We will just need to open the
License Information screen.
We will click to the
I accept the license aggrement and then click to the
Done in order to accept the license agreement.
In the following screen just click to the
We can see the following Login screen for the CentOS 8 operating system. We can see the created user named
In the first start, we will be asked some question which has been already configured in the CentOS 8 installation phase. In the following screen, we can select the GNOME GUI language which is English.
In the following screen, we will select the Keyboard layout which is
Turkish in this case.
We can also enable location services for privacy with the following screen.
If we have Google, NExtclodu, Microsoft, Facebook accounts we can log in and connect them to the Gnome with the following screen.
Here is the last step to use CentOS 8. There is no action just click to the
Start Using CentOS Linux.
Update Outdated Packages with Yum
After installing from a DVD there may be some outdated packages which are installed. We can update these packages with the following command from the command line.
$ sudo yum update
Install Vmware, VirtualBox VM Tools
If we are installing the CentOS 8 to a VM like VMWare, VirtualBox, Qemu or KVM installing the
open-vm-tolls make our life easier. Open VM Tools will integrate the CentOs 8 with the virtualization software and make it faster, efficient and easier.
$ sudo yum install open-vm-tools