How to Install CentOS 8 Desktop

Finally, CentOS 8 has been released on 24-09-2019. CentOS 8 is a free and open-source Linux distribution and community version of RHEL 8 with new features. It is available in the two forms, 1) CentOS stream that is designed for developers and 2) CentOS that is a stable version designed for servers and applications. CentOS 8 can be run on various architectures including, x86_64 (64 bit Intel/AMD), aarch64 (64-bit ARM) and ppc64le (IBM POWER, little-endian).

In this tutorial, we will show you step by step instructions on how to install CentOS 8.

Requirements

  • A system with a minimum 8 GB of Hard disk and 2 GB of RAM.
  • A good internet connection.

Download CentOS 8 ISO File

First, you will need to download CentOS 8 from their official websites. You can download the CentOS 8 Linux and CentOS 8 Stream ISO using the following URLs:

You can also download the CentOS 8 ISO from the CentOS 8 mirror links as shown below:

After downloading the CentOS 8 ISO, you will need to create a bootable USB stick or DVD.

Install CentOS 8

Start the system on which you want to install CentOS 8 and change the boot order as USDB or DVD from the BIOS settings.

Once the system boots up, you will get the following screen:

CentOS 8 Boot Screen

Select “Install CentOS Linux 8.0” and hit Enter. You will be redirected to the following screen:

Choose language

Select your desired language and click on the Continue button. You should see the following screen:

Installation summary

From here, you can set Keyboard, Installation Source, Software Selection, Time & Date, Kdump and Installation Destination. Click on the Installation Destination. You should see the following screen:

Choose hard drive to install CentOS 8 on

Select Automatic and click on the Done button. You should see the following screen:

Choosing harddisk done

Now, click on the Begin Installation button. You should see the following screen:

User settings

Now, click on the Root Password to set the root password. You should see the following screen:

Set root password

Provide your desired password and click on the Done button. You should see the following screen:

Root password has been set

Now, click on the User Creation button. You should see the following screen:

Create user

Provide your desired username, password and click on the Done button. You should see the following screen:

User added successfully

Once the installation has been completed successfully. You should see the following screen:

Installation Complete

Click on the Reboot button to restart the system and boot from the Hard disk. 

Once the system started, you should see the CentOS License information screen:

Initial setup of CentOS 8

Click on the License Information, accept the License agreement and click on the Done button. You should see the following screen:

License information

License accepted

Click on the FINISH CONFIGURATION. You will be redirected to the CentOS 8 login screen:

CentOS Login Screen

Login

Click on the username, provide your password and click on the Sign In button. You should see the CentOS 8 Welcome screen:

Choose language

Select your desired language and click on the Next button. You should see the following screen:

Choose keyboard

Select your Input Method and click on the Next button. You should see the following screen:

Privacy settings

Now, enable the location services and click on the Next button. You should see the following screen:

Connect to online accounts

Now, click on the Skip button. You should see the following screen:

CentOS 8 is ready to go

Now, click on the Start Using CentOS Linux. You should see CentOS 8 desktop in the following screen:

CentOS Desktop

Congratulations! you have successfully installed CentOS 8 on your system.

Hitesh Jethva

About Hitesh Jethva

Over 8 years of experience as a Linux system administrator. My skills include a depth knowledge of Redhat/Centos, Ubuntu Nginx and Apache, Mysql, Subversion, Linux, Ubuntu, web hosting, web server, Squid proxy, NFS, FTP, DNS, Samba, LDAP, OpenVPN, Haproxy, Amazon web services, WHMCS, OpenStack Cloud, Postfix Mail Server, Security etc.

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