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CentOS Stream 8 2 years ago
(24 Sep 2019)
Ends in 2 years and 8 months
(31 May 2024)
Ends in 2 years and 8 months
(31 May 2024)
8
CentOS Linux 8 2 years ago
(24 Sep 2019)
Ends in 3 months
(31 Dec 2021)
Ends in 3 months
(31 Dec 2021)
8 (2105)
CentOS Linux 7 7 years ago
(07 Jul 2014)
Ended 1 year and 1 month ago
(06 Aug 2020)
Ends in 2 years and 9 months
(30 Jun 2024)
7 (2009)
CentOS 6 10 years ago
(10 Jul 2011)
Ended 4 years ago
(10 May 2017)
Ended 9 months ago
(30 Nov 2020)
NA

CentOS is a Linux distribution that provides a free, enterprise-class, community-supported computing platform functionally compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The CentOS distribution comes in two variants: CentOS Linux and CentOS Stream. CentOS Linux is rebuilt from Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code and referred to as the downstream variant. CentOS Stream is the upstream variant, and contains content that is planned for the next minor release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

CentOS Linux currently has 2 major released branches that are active: CentOS Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 8. The CentOS Project provides updates or other changes ONLY for the latest version of each major branch. Thus, if the latest minor version of CentOS Linux 7 is version 7.9 then the CentOS Project only provides updated software for this minor version in the 7 branch. If you are using an older minor version than the latest in a given branch, then you are missing security and bugfix updates.

Since minor versions of CentOS are point in time releases of a major branch, starting with CentOS Linux 7, we are now using a date code in our minor versions. So you will see CentOS Linux 7 (1406) or CentOS Linux 7 (1503) as a version. This way anyone can know, from the release, when it happened. In the above examples, the minor versions 1406 means June 2014 and 1503 means March 2015. In older major branches of CentOS, such as CentOS 6, we numbered things differently. Those branches are numbered as 6.0, 6.1, 6.2, etc.

CentOS Stream only has major versions, no minor versions.

The project has announced that work on CentOS Linux 8 will cease at the end of 2021.

More information is available on the CentOS website.

You should be running one of the supported release numbers listed above in the rightmost column.

You can check the version that you are currently using by running:
lsb_release --release

You can submit an improvement to this page by visiting GitHub. You will need to fork the website and submit a Pull Request. A JSON version of this page is available at /api/centos.json. See the API Documentation for more.