CentOS Stream
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; 4 years ago (2019-09-24)[1]
Latest release9 / December 3, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-12-03).[2]
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.[3] CentOS Stream is being used by Meta Platforms[4][5] and X (formerly Twitter).[6]


The initial release, CentOS Stream 8, was released on 24 September 2019, at the same time as CentOS 8.[3] As CentOS 8 became unsupported, The CentOS Project provided a simple means of converting from CentOS Linux 8 to CentOS Stream 8.[7] On 13 January 2021, CentOS board approved the creation of Hyperscale SIG proposed by Meta Platforms, Twitter, and Verizon engineers,[6][8] 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,[2] with support of IBM Z architecture.

In 2024, Red Hat announced that CentOS 7 and CentOS Stream 8 will be discontinued in favor to focus to Red Hat Enterprise Linux development.[9]

Release history

Releases of CentOS Stream
Version Release date End-Of-Life Kernel Architectures
Older version, yet still maintained: 8 2019-09-24 2024-05-31 4.18.0 x86-64, ARM64, ppc64le
Current stable version: 9 2021-12-03 2027 (estimated)[10] 5.14.0 x86-64, ARM64, ppc64le, s390x
Old version
Older version, still maintained
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release


  1. ^ "Transforming the development experience within CentOS". www.redhat.com. 2019-09-24. Archived from the original on 2019-09-24. Retrieved 2023-06-26.
  2. ^ a b "Introducing CentOS Stream 9". blog.centos.org.
  3. ^ a b "Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOSStream". wiki.centos.org. 2019-09-24. Archived from the original on 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2023-06-26.
  4. ^ "CentOS Stream: Building an innovative future for enterprise Linux". www.redhat.com. 2020-12-08. Archived from the original on 2020-12-08. Retrieved 2023-06-26.
  5. ^ "Building Community with CentOS Stream". USENIX. 2021-06-02. Retrieved 2023-06-26.
  6. ^ a b Larabel, Mike (2021-01-12). "Facebook, Twitter Proposing CentOS Hyperscale SIG With Newer Packages + Other Changes". Phoronix. Archived from the original on 2022-11-09. Retrieved 2023-06-26.
  7. ^ "Convert to CentOS Stream 8". centos.org.
  8. ^ "SpecialInterestGroup/Hyperscale". wiki.centos.org.
  9. ^ "End dates are coming for CentOS Stream 8 and CentOS Linux 7 – Blog.CentOS.org". Retrieved 2024-05-12.
  10. ^ "CentOS Stream 9". centos.org.