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How To Install Podman on Rocky Linux 8

Install Podman on Rocky Linux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Podman on Rocky Linux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Podman is a free and open-source daemon-less container engine that was developed by RedHat. It supports multiple container image formats, including Docker images and OCI container images. Also, Podman supports managing pods and groups of containers.

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 Podman container management tool 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 Podman 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
sudo dnf install gcc openssl-devel bzip2-devel libffi-devel zlib-devel wget make

Step 2. Installing Podman on Rocky Linux 8.

By default, Podman is available on Rocky Linux 8 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest version of Podman to your system:

sudo dnf install podman

Let’s verify Podman is successfully installed using the following command:

podman --version

After successfully installation, enable Podman (to start automatically upon system boot), start and verify the status using the commands below:

sudo systemctl enable podman
sudo systemctl start podman
sudo systemctl status podman

Step 3. Using Podman on Rocky Linux.

For example, let’s search for the image of ubuntu. Run:

podman search ubuntu

To download or pull an image, run the following Podman pull command followed by the name of your preferred image:

podman pull ubuntu

If the container image download process completes, verify downloader images using the following command:

podman images

To view the Podman help manual along with the list of available sub-commands and general options, run:

podman --help

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Podman. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Podman daemon-less container on your Rocky Linux 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Podman 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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