How to Migrate CentOS 8 Linux to CentOS Stream 8

  • Post last modified:April 27, 2021
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End of CentOS 8 support was actually a poor decision was made by the CentOS Project Team.

If you missed the Official Announcement, then read it from Centos Blog.

I feel pity about users who have just configured their server before launch and boom no support from the Development team after December 2021.

If you have CentOS 7 on your server, you do not need to worry now, and You still have time till June 30, 2024.

If we want to continue to use CentOS, you need to switch to CentOS Stream 8 sooner or later.

Carl George, member of Centos Project Team, Clarify CentOS Stream 8 End of life “2019-09-24 to 2024-05-31 (4 years, 8 months).”

In the comment section Greg Kurtzer owner of Centos Project, He will start a new project with RHEL.

How to Migrate from Centos 8?

If you want a fresh CentOS Stream ISO, you can get it from the official web page.

Read this :How to Install CentOS Stream 8 x86_64

In a two-step, you will able to Migrate from CentOS 8 to Centos Stream 8. To migrate, use the following command:


sudo dnf install centos-release-stream


Last metadata expiration check: 18:20:55 ago on Sat 19 Dec 2020 12:10:10 PM IST.
Dependencies resolved.
 Package                   Arch       Version                  Repository  Size
 centos-release-stream     x86_64     8.1-1.1911.0.7.el8       extras      11 k

Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package

Total download size: 11 k
Installed size: 6.6 k
Is this ok [y/N]:

One last command need to type or do copy-paste on your terminal

$ sudo dnf distro-sync

The distro-sync command will handle all the required package required for CentOS Stream 8 and replace the package which is not required.

It will ask for final confirmation from your side to proceed with installation Type Y and press enter to start migrating to CentOS Stream 8.

Please wait for some time to get Install, and It mainly depends upon your Internet Speed.

After the installation complete, check the current Distribution Details using the command:

$ cat /etc/redhat-release


CentOS Stream release 8

That’s it! To migrate from CentOS 8 to CentOS Stream.

Because of a disgusting decision, many CentOS users are thinking to switch a different Distribution that provides LONG TERM SUPPORT (LTS).

If you’re switching to different distribution, then which Distribution you are going to use, please suggest to our readers.

I think Red Hat should think again about this decision.

If you stuck somewhere while migrating or having a query, please contact us, and definitely share which OS you’re going to use if you are not migrating.

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