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How To Install Linux Kernel 5.17 on Rocky Linux 8

Install Linux Kernel 5.17 on Rocky Linux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Linux Kernel 5.17 on Rocky Linux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, The Linux kernel is the main component of a Linux operating system (OS) and is the core interface between a computer’s hardware and its processes. Linus Torvalds announced the Linux Kernel 5.17 after a few weeks of development and it is available for general usage. Linux Kernel 5.17 was released with new features and support.

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 the Linux Kernel 5.17 on Rocky Linux. 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems:  Rocky Linux 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 Linux Kernel 5.17 on Rocky Linux 8

Step 1. The first step is to update your system to the latest version of the package list. To do so, run the following commands:

sudo dnf check-update
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Linux Kernel 5.17 on Rocky Linux 8.

By default, Linux Kernel 5.17 is not available on the Rocky Linux 8 base repository. Now run the following command below to add the ELRepo repository to your system:

sudo dnf install https://www.elrepo.org/elrepo-release-8.el8.elrepo.noarch.rpm
sudo rpm --import https://www.elrepo.org/RPM-GPG-KEY-elrepo.org

If your import was successful, you can now move ahead and install it in your system with the following command:

sudo dnf --enablerepo=elrepo-kernel install kernel-ml kernel-ml-devel kernel-ml-headers

Finally, reboot your system once the new kernel is installed:


Once back in your system, verify the new kernel and build by checking the kernel:

uname -r


[root@idroot.us ~]# uname -r

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Linux Kernel. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Linux Kernel 5.17 on your Rocky Linux 8 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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