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How to Install Podman on CentOS 8

How to Install Podman on CentOS 8

Podman is an open-source container management tool that allows users to run and manage containers without the need for a daemon process. It is a lightweight alternative to Docker and is gaining popularity among developers and system administrators. In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing Podman on CentOS 8.


Before you start installing Podman on CentOS 8, you must have a user account with sudo privileges and a CentOS 8 server with a minimal installation.

Step 1: Update the System

The first step is to update the system to ensure that all packages are up-to-date. Run the following command to update the system:

sudo dnf update -y

Step 2: Install Podman

To install Podman on CentOS 8, you can use the default CentOS repository. Run the following command to install Podman:

sudo dnf install podman -y

Step 3: Verify the Installation

Once the installation is complete, you can verify the installation by running the following command:

podman version

If the installation was successful, you should see the version of Podman installed on your system.

Step 4: Run a Test Container

To ensure that Podman is working correctly, you can run a test container. Run the following command to run a test container:

podman run -it --rm alpine

This command will download the Alpine Linux image and run a container from it. You should see the output of the container in your terminal window.

Step 5: Manage Containers with Podman

Now that you have Podman installed and running on your CentOS 8 server, you can start managing containers with Podman. Here are some useful Podman commands:

  • podman ps: Shows the currently running containers
  • podman images: Shows the locally available container images
  • podman stop [container-name]: Stops a running container
  • podman rm [container-name]: Removes a stopped container

In this article, we have shown you how to install Podman on CentOS 8. We also covered how to run a test container and manage containers with Podman. Podman is a powerful tool for container management and can be a great alternative to Docker. We hope this article was helpful to you.

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