How To Install CMake on CentOS 8

Install CMake on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CMake on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, CMake is a free, open-source, and cross-platform family of tools designed to build, test, and package the software. CMake is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler-independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of your choice.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of CMake on a CentOS 8 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install CMake on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing CMake on CentOS 8.

  • Install the Latest Version of CMake from Source.

Now we download the latest version of CMake:

wget https://github.com/Kitware/CMake/releases/download/v3.15.2/cmake-3.15.2.tar.gz
tar -zxvf cmake-3.15.2.tar.gz
cd cmake-3.15.2

Compile from source and install:

sudo make install

Now confirm the installation and check the CMake version by typing the following command:

cmake --version
  • Install the Latest Version of CMake using Snap.
sudo yum install epel-release
sudo yum install snapd
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

To install CMake, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install cmake --classic

Congratulations! You have successfully installed CMake. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing CMake on CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official CMake website.

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