How to Install Linux Kernel 5.0 on CentOS 7

Install Linux Kernel 5.0 on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Linux Kernel 5.0 on CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Linus Torvalds the creator and the principal developer of the Linux kernel announced the release of Linux kernel version 5.0. This release increases the major kernel version number to 5. from 4.x. The new change does not mean anything and does not affect programs in any way.

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 Linux Kernel 5.0 on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7 or RHEL-based.
  • 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 Linux Kernel 5.0 on CentOS 7

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

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing Linux Kernel 5.0 on CentOS.

ElRepo is a third-party repository for CentOS that allows upgrades to the latest kernel version from kernel.org. Add ELRepo repository to your CentOS 7 by running the commands below:

sudo yum install https://www.elrepo.org/elrepo-release-7.0-3.el7.elrepo.noarch.rpm
sudo rpm --import https://www.elrepo.org/RPM-GPG-KEY-elrepo.org

Once the repository has been enabled, you can use the following command to list the available kernel.related packages:

yum --disablerepo="*" --enablerepo="elrepo-kernel" list available
 kernel-ml.x86_64                        5.0.0-1.el7.elrepo         elrepo-kernel
 kernel-ml-devel.x86_64                  5.0.0-1.el7.elrepo         elrepo-kernel
 kernel-ml-doc.noarch                    5.0.0-1.el7.elrepo         elrepo-kernel
 kernel-ml-headers.x86_64                5.0.0-1.el7.elrepo         elrepo-kernel
 kernel-ml-tools.x86_64                  5.0.0-1.el7.elrepo         elrepo-kernel
 kernel-ml-tools-libs.x86_64             5.0.0-1.el7.elrepo         elrepo-kernel
 kernel-ml-tools-libs-devel.x86_64       5.0.0-1.el7.elrepo         elrepo-kernel

Now that we have confirmed the availability of Linux Kernel 5.0, we can proceed to install it:

sudo yum --enablerepo=elrepo-kernel install kernel-ml

Also install kernel-ml-devel,kernel-ml-headers,kernel-ml-tools,perf:

sudo yum -y --enablerepo=elrepo-kernel install kernel-ml-{devel,headers,perf}

Finally, reboot your machine to apply the latest kernel, and then select the latest kernel from the menu as shown:

sudo reboot

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Linux Kernel. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Linux Kernel on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Linux Kernel website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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