How to Install Rocky Linux Operating System Step by Step

Brief Introduction

Rocky Linux is an upcoming Linux distribution that is currently in development and testing phase. The Rocky Linux RC1 has been released and iso is available at Rocky Linux for x86_64 and AArch64 architecture. It is intended to be a downstream, complete binary-compatible release using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system source code. It is community-driven project and always be free as promised. The project's aim is to provide a community-supported, production-grade enterprise operating system.

Kudos to Gregory Kurtzer ( founder ) !!!!

Download the official iso

First step is to download the iso file , which is available at Rocky Linux official page as per your architecture (x86_64 or ARM64). In below example i am using x86_64 architecture iso.

Hardware requirement

  • 2 GHz or Higher Processor
  • 64-bit System
  • Minimum = 2 GB RAM & Recommended = 4 GB
  • Minimum = 10 GB & Recommended = 20 GB Hard Disk

Bootable USB drive

Create bootable USB drive. Change the boot priority to USB from bios settings.

Install Rocky Linux 8

Choose the option "Install Rocky Linux 8" as per the below screenshot.


As this is pre-released software, it is advisable not use the same for production environment. It is only for development and testing purpose only. Below screenshot explain the explain before proceeding. Click on "I want to proceed".

Select the language

Prepare the Rocky Linux OS parameters

Network & Host Name

  • By Default Ethernet is on "Off" mode, Enable the Ethernet by click on "On".
  • Enter the hostname.

Time & Date

  • Select the timezone according to your location.
  • Set the current date and time

Software Selection

Select the "base environment" and "respective additional softwares" as per your requirement. In below example i am choosing "Server with GUI", which is best choice for beginners.

Installation Destination

In this step we will specify the disk on which we will install Rocky Linux 8 with custom partition.

We have two options available to create partitions “Automatic” or "Manually" from Storage Configuration. In this example we have choose automatically "Click here to create them automatically".

Accept the changes.

Set root password

Create user and set the password

Reboot after installation completes

Accept the EULA (End-User License Agreement)

Login with user account