Step by Step Guide To Install CentOS 8 (With Screenshots)

CentOS 8 has been released on September 24th, 2019. You now may be looking to try the world’s best opensource enterprise operating system.

CentOS 8 is derived from the source of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and uses Linux kernel 4.18.

There is a new distribution called CentOS stream,  a rolling-release Linux distro that sits between the upstream development in Fedora Linux and the downstream development for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. You can read about it on ContOS Stream release notes.

New Features

READ: CentOS 8 New Features

Supported Architectures

CentOS 8 provides installation media for following architectures.

  • AMD and Intel 64-bit architectures
  • The 64-bit ARM architecture
  • IBM Power Systems, Little Endian

System Requirements

At least 2 GB RAM is required to install CentOS 8. 4 GM RAM is recommended.

Download CentOS 8

Click the below link to download the CentOS 8.

Download CentOS 8

Choose the CentOS Linux DVD ISO image for the installation.

Install CentOS 8

Installation of CentOS 8 is very similar to CentOS 7, and you would not find any difficulty in getting the CentOS 8 ready for testing.

Boot the DVD and select Install CentOS Linux 8.0.1905 from the boot menu.

Install CentOS 8

Select the language for CentOS 8 installation and continue.

Select Language

Next step is the installation summary. You must clear the warning messages for the CentOS installation.

You can change the settings by clicking on it.

  • Localization
  • Software
  • System
Installation Summary


  • Keyboard
  • Language Support
  • Time & Date


Choose the keyboard layout. Keyboard tops the list will be the default.

Keyboard Layout

Language Support

We have already set up Language Support.

Time & Date

Click on time and date to change the Time, Date, and the Timezone.

Time and Date


  • Installation Source
  • Software Selection

Installation Source

Leave the installation source be Local Media.

Software Selection

Software Installation lets you decide what all the packages you want to install along with the OS installation are.

There are five predefined installation types available to prepare your system for particular requirements.

  • Server with GUI
  • Server
  • Minimal Install
  • Workstation
  • Custom Operating System (Need to choose manually)
  • Virtualization Host

Choose the one from above that is suitable for your installation (I chose Server with GUI) and click on done.

Installation Type


  • Installation Destination
  • Kdump
  • Network & Host Name
  • Security Policy
  • System Purpose

Installation Destination

Click on Installation Destination to set up partitions for the installation.

Here, I will do the custom partition to suit below requirement (100GB Hard disk).

You can partition your system as per your need.

Standard Partition:

/boot: 1 GB (ext4)


/home: 50GB (xfs)

/ (root): 30 GB (xfs)

swap: 4GB

Custom Partitioning

Make sure LVM is selected and click + (plus) sign to create a new partition.

LVM Partitioning Scheme

/boot: 1 GB

boot Partition

/home: 50GB

home Partition

/ (root): 30 GB

root Partition

swap: 4GB


If you are okay with the partitioning, click Done.

Partition Summary

Click Accept Changes to create partitions.

Accept Changes


Keep the KDUMP enabled.


Network & Host Name

Click on the Network and Host Name to configure IP Address and set hostname for your system.

Type the hostname in the Host Name field and click Apply.

Set Host Name

Then, click Configure in the above page to set up the IP Address.

Configure IP Address

Enable the network connection by turning it on.

Enable Network

By now, you should not see any warnings in the Installation summary.

Click Begin Installation to start the installation of CentOS 8.

Begin CentOS 8 Installation


The OS installer will now start to install the packages based on the installation type.

In the meantime, we will set up the following.

  • Root Password
  • User Creation

Root Password

Set the root password.

Set Root Password

User Creation

Create a user (This is optional and can be created later).

Create New User

Wait for the installation to finish.

Installation In Progress

Once CentOS 8 installation is completed, reboot the system.

Installation Completed

The system will boot and display the CentOS 8 menu screen something like below.

CentOS 8 Menu

On a successful reboot, you will get post-installation setup.

You would get a command login screen if you chose to do the minimal installation. If you want, you could install GNOME desktop packages to have a graphical desktop environment.

Post Installation

Click on License Information.

Post Installation

Select I accept the license agreement on the license agreement screen and click Done.

Accept License

Choose the user and login with the password.

Login Screen

Perform remaining steps as per your requirement.

Welcome Screen
Keyboard Layout
Connect Online Accounts
Start Using CentOS Linux

Finally, you will get Getting Started with CentOS 8.

Getting Started


That’s All. I hope you learned how to install CentOS 8.

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