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

Release Released Active Support Security Support Latest
CentOS Stream 9 1 year and 4 months ago
(15 Sep 2021)
Ends in 4 years
(31 May 2027)
Ends in 4 years
(31 May 2027)
CentOS Stream 8 3 years and 4 months ago
(24 Sep 2019)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(31 May 2024)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(31 May 2024)
CentOS Linux 8 3 years and 4 months ago
(24 Sep 2019)
Ended 1 year ago
(31 Dec 2021)
Ended 1 year ago
(31 Dec 2021)
8 (2111)
CentOS Linux 7 8 years ago
(07 Jul 2014)
Ended 2 years and 5 months ago
(06 Aug 2020)
Ends in 1 year and 5 months
(30 Jun 2024)
7 (2009)
CentOS 6 11 years ago
(10 Jul 2011)
Ended 5 years and 8 months ago
(10 May 2017)
Ended 2 years ago
(30 Nov 2020)

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, CentOS Linux uses a date code as the minor version. As an example, CentOS Linux 7 (1406) means June 2014 and CentOS Linux 7 (1503) means March 2015. For releases before CentOS 7 - minor versions are incremental (6.0, 6.1, 6.2, etc.).

CentOS Stream only has major versions, no minor versions. Its support ends when its corresponding RHEL release leaves full support.

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

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This page was last updated on 21 December 2022.