CentOS 8 Released – New Features & Download Links


CentOS 8 was released on September 24th, 2019. It is derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux which was released on May 7th, 2019.

As you are aware, CentOS is a community-supported enterprise operating system, compatible with its upstream source Red Hat Enterprise Linux, from the CentOS Project.


The build release would be available for:

ppc64le (Little Endian
aarch64 (ARM 64, ARMv8)

New Features

There are notable differences between EL-8 and EL-7 in Kernel, package repository format, and lots of new features that EL-7 do not have.

Since CentOS 8 is derived from RHEL 8, you would get the features of RHEL 8.

  1. The Cockpit is now available by default
  2. CentOS 8 comes with a new version of the YUM version which is based on DNF. This new version is compatible with YUM v3 (CentOS 7)
  3. RPM v4.14 is distributed in CentOS 8. RPM now validates the whole package contents before starting the installation
  4. CentOS 8 contents are available through the two main repositories: BaseOS and Application Stream (AppStream)
  5. It supports up to 4PB of physical memory
  6. Wayland is the default display server instead of the Xorg server in CentOS 8
  7. XFS now supports shared copy-on-write data extents
  8. nftables replaces iptables as the default network filtering framework
  9. Python 3.6 is the default Python version in CentOS 8
  10. PHP 7.2 comes with CentOS 8
  11. Nginx 1.14 is available in core repository in CentOS 8

You can read detailed information about the new features here.

Download CentOS 8

The CentOS Project offers two distribution in this new release, namely CentOS Linux and CentOS Stream.

CentOS Linux

CentOS Linux is a stable release, derived from the source of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It is fully compatible with its upstream product.

This release is the regular one we use for a production environment.

Download CentOS Linux 8 (Stable Release)

CentOS Stream

CentOS Stream is a rolling release which acts as a midstream between upstream development in Fedora Linux and the downstream development for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In simple words, this release is a testing or development release for the next minor release of RHEL.

Fedora Linux >> CentOS Stream >> RHEL Release >> CentOS Linux

Download CentOS Stream (Rolling Release)

Install CentOS 8

READ: Step by Step Guide To Install CentOS 8 (With ScreenShots)

Upgrade From CentOS 7 to CentOS 8

Soon, this section will be updated with a link to the step by step guide to upgrade from CentOS 7 to CentOS 8.

READ: How To Upgrade From CentOS 7 To CentOS 8


That’s All. After installing CentOS 8, do check out articles of CentOS 8 to get most out of your OS installation.

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