Download CentOS 8

CentOS is a Linux operating system, which is a 100% compatible rebuild of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. A user can download and use this enterprise-level operating system free of cost. CentOS 8.2 is the latest version available to download.

Download CentOS-8.2.-x86_64-minimal.iso


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More than four months after Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 was introduced, CentOS 8 is finally available. Strictly speaking, the version number is not 8, but 8.0.1905. So CentOS was cloned from RHEL 8.0, which was released in May 2019. (The fact that CentOS was only released in September 2019 does not matter in the version nomenclature.)

CentOS is the most popular RHEL clone and is often used as a money-saving alternative to RHEL, especially in the server sector. This article briefly summarizes how CentOS 8 differs from RHEL 8 and explains the new CentOS Stream offering.


From a technical perspective, there is not much that can be written about CentOS 8, which is not true 1: 1 for RHEL 8. In fact, the CentOS 8 release notes refer primarily to those of RHEL 8 and only briefly list the few Red Hat-specific packages that are missing in CentOS.

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