CentOS Stream

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CentOS Stream 9 in the Workstation configuration, showing its desktop environment, GNOME 40.
DeveloperThe CentOS Project
(affiliated with Red Hat)
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial release24 September 2019 (2019-09-24)
Latest release9 / December 3, 2021 (2021-12-03).
Marketing targetServers, desktop computers, workstations, supercomputers
Update methodRelease Candidate
Package managerdnf (command line); PackageKit (graphical); .rpm (binaries format)
Platformsx86-64, ARM64, ppc64le and IBM Z
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux kernel)
user interface
Bash, GNOME Shell
LicenseGNU GPL and other licenses
Preceded byCentOS
Official websitecentos.org

CentOS Stream is a Linux distribution that exists as a midstream between the upstream development in Fedora Linux and the downstream development for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. CentOS Stream is being used by Meta Platforms and X (formerly Twitter).


The initial release, CentOS Stream 8, was released on 24 September 2019, at the same time as CentOS 8. As CentOS 8 became unsupported, The CentOS Project provided a simple means of converting from CentOS Linux 8 to CentOS Stream 8. On 13 January 2021, CentOS board approved the creation of Hyperscale SIG proposed by Meta Platforms, Twitter, and Verizon engineers, which focus on enabling CentOS Stream deployment on large-scale infrastructures and facilitating collaboration on packages and tooling.

CentOS Stream 9 was released on 3 December 2021, with support of IBM Z architecture.

In 2024, Red Hat announced that CentOS 7 and CentOS Stream 8 will be discontinued in order to focus on Red Hat Enterprise Linux development.

Release history

Releases of CentOS Stream
Version Release date End-Of-Life Kernel Architectures
Old version, no longer maintained: 8 2019-09-24 2024-05-31 4.18.0 x86-64, ARM64, ppc64le
Current stable version: 9 2021-12-03 2027-05-31 5.14.0 x86-64, ARM64, ppc64le, s390x
Legend:Old versionOlder version, still maintainedLatest versionLatest preview versionFuture release


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