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title: Download
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{% include download/cards.html %}
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As you download and use CentOS Linux or CentOS Stream \([What's the
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difference?](/cl-vs-cs/)\), the CentOS Project invites you to [be a part of the
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community as a contributor](http://wiki.centos.org/Contribute).
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There are many ways to contribute to the project, from documentation, QA, and
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testing to coding changes for
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[SIGs](http://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup), providing mirroring or
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hosting, and helping other users.
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ISOs are also available [via Torrent](http://isoredirect.centos.org/centos/8/isos/x86_64/).
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How to [verify](https://wiki.centos.org/TipsAndTricks/sha256sum) your ISO.
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If you plan to create USB boot media, please [read this first](https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/InstallFromUSBkey) to avoid damage to your system.
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If the above is not for you, [alternative downloads](http://wiki.centos.org/Download) might be.
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The [CentOS Linux 8 release notes](http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOSLinux8) and [CentOS Stream release notes](https://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOSStream) are continuously updated to include issues and incorporate feedback from users.
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## Cloud and container images
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We build, maintain and update Cloud images that you can find on our [Cloud Images server](https://cloud.centos.org/centos).
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These images are built and made available for all the architectures that corresponding version supports.
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People interested in importing 'GenericCloud' images into their own cloud solution can find corresponding images on the link above.
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Worth knowing that you can also import (through Skopeo or other methods) container images the same way, and such .tar.xz files can be found on the same mirror.
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Parallel to that, we have also official images that are available directly to be deployed for the following solutions:
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 * [Amazon Web Services](/download/aws-images)
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 * [Docker Registry](https://registry.hub.docker.com/_/centos/)
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If the above is not for you, [alternative downloads](http://wiki.centos.org/Download) might be.
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## Geographical mirrors
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If you're looking for a specific (or geographically local) mirror, please check out our [list of current mirrors](/download/mirrors/).
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To check the status of a mirror, please visit [mirror-status.centos.org](http://mirror-status.centos.org/).
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## Sources
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The CentOS project hosts our sources at [git.centos.org](https://git.centos.org).
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This is documented in greater detail in the [CentOS wiki](https://wiki.centos.org/Sources).
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In order to help ease the workload for our primary mirror network, the source
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rpms are not kept in the same tree as the binary packages. If you need the
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source packages used to build CentOS, you can find them in our vault 
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[vault.centos.org](http://vault.centos.org).
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## Older Versions
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Legacy versions of CentOS are no longer supported. For historical purposes,
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CentOS keeps an archive of older versions. If you're absolutely sure you need
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an older version [then click here](http://wiki.centos.org/Download).
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## Export Regulations
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By downloading CentOS software, you acknowledge that you understand all of the
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following: CentOS software and technical information may be subject to the U.S.
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Export Administration Regulations (the "EAR") and other U.S. and foreign laws
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and may not be exported, re-exported or transferred (a) to any country listed
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in Country Group E:1 in Supplement No. 1 to part 740 of the EAR (currently,
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Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan & Syria); (b) to any prohibited destination or
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to any end user who has been prohibited from participating in U.S. export
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transactions by any federal agency of the U.S. government; or (c) for use in
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connection with the design, development or production of nuclear, chemical or
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biological weapons, or rocket systems, space launch vehicles, or sounding
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rockets, or unmanned air vehicle systems. You may not download CentOS software
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or technical information if you are located in one of these countries or
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otherwise subject to these restrictions. You may not provide CentOS software or
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technical information to individuals or entities located in one of these
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countries or otherwise subject to these restrictions. You are also responsible
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for compliance with foreign law requirements applicable to the import, export
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and use of CentOS software and technical information.