CentOS 7 Public QA Release

Friday, 13, June 2014 Jeff Sheltren General 21 Comments

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of the first CentOS 7 QA Release.

!!! This is a QA release only and not the final CentOS 7 release !!!

In the past, CentOS QA testing has been performed by a small group of people within the CentOS community. We are happy that we are now able to open this up to the wider community to get early feedback and bug reports prior to the 7 release.

CentOS 7 QA release is available for download at:


We are first populating individual RPMs in their respective build directories. Once there is a working base install tree, it will be made available at the same URL.

Please note the following:

- This is NOT the final CentOS 7 release. Packages, ISOs, and install media *will* change between this release and the final 7 release.

- The packages posted at the above URL will likely be updated in-place before the final release.

- Things may be broken! Don't install this on your production servers. Consider it a beta/preview release.

- Help us make the 7 release better by reporting bugs at http://bugs.centos.org

- This is not an officially supported release. If you have questions, aren't sure if you've found a bug, etc., please ask in #centos-devel on Freenode, or email the centos-devel email list.

- Packages in the QA release are *not* GPG-signed. The final 7 release will contain gpg-signed packages as usual.

- Upgrading from the QA release to the final 7 release may be possible, but it's not supported or documented in any way. Expect that you will need to re-install when 7 final is released.

We appreciate any and all bug reports at http://bugs.centos.org (please also check upstream bugzilla.redhat.com and link to those bugs when filing a new CentOS issue), and assistance with the "Branding Hunt" (see http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2014-June/010411.html).

https://access.redhat.com/site/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/7/html/7.0_Release_Notes/part-Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux-7.0_Release_Notes-Known_Issues.html contains a list of known issues at the time of the upstream release.

Currently, we only have RPM packages online, but will be bringing installable media online as soon as we have it ready.

Again, this is NOT a final release. It may harm nearby puppies, kittens, or other (cute) animals and/or servers.  This is our first attempt at opening up CentOS to the wider community, so please bear with us as we work through any issues that arise with the process. As always, feedback is welcome on the email list or on IRC (#centos-devel on Freenode).

 Edit: Even though we don't yet have an installable tree in place, you can point an existing el7beta/el7rc install to the buildlogs repo with the following yum repo definitions (for example /etc/yum.repos.d/centos-buildlogs.repo) :

name=CentOS Open QA - c7.00.03

name=CentOS Open QA - c7.00.04


Thanks, and enjoy the release!

-Jeff Sheltren on behalf of the CentOS QA Team

21 thoughts on "CentOS 7 Public QA Release"

  1. Christoph Galuschka says:

    In a very first and quick test, and using the suggested repo, running 'yum update' on a EL7RC worked and survived the reboot. And it produces a nice CentOS-7 default desktop Desktop.

  2. Urs says:

    Does someone has a working and trusted link to a EL7RC ISO? Seems to not be available on RedHats FTP anymore.

    1. keithpeter says:

      Googling rhel-workstation-7.0-x86_64-dvd.iso leads to candidate presumably unofficial mirrors of the original red hat distribution.

      Did anyone download the original checksum files from redhat so we can check against those?

      I think I'll hang on now until the first CentOS testing iso. I did use RHEL RC7 Workstation image for some time with no particular issues.

      1. Ed says:

        sha1sums of some ISO from RedHat repos:

        7bd6263b5ed8c637a7d9ff40b270096e2021857f rhel-7-public-beta-x86_64-dvd.iso
        ce5b360b8ef96fa2105a13cf981f2e3d148931d6 rhel-server-7.0-x86_64-dvd.iso
        016bb3711d829ef1adad1ce46bd7fdd4ba57795a rhel-workstation-7.0-x86_64-dvd.iso

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  3. Marc Villacorta says:

    Just for the fun of it, I have generated a docker image with a minimal package set:

    docker run -i -t --rm h0tbird/centos-7-qa su -

    1. Flo says:

      Nice, but i can not update the image, got this :

      bash-4.2# yum update
      centos-qa-03 | 2.9 kB 00:00:00
      centos-qa-04 | 2.9 kB 00:00:00
      (1/2): centos-qa-04/primary_db | 857 kB 00:00:03
      (2/2): centos-qa-03/primary_db | 7.4 MB 00:00:08
      Resolving Dependencies
      --> Running transaction check
      ---> Package centos-release.x86_64 0:6-99.el7.0.0 will be updated
      --> Processing Dependency: redhat-release >= 7.0 for package: systemd-208-11.el7.x86_64
      ---> Package centos-release.x86_64 0:7-0.el7.0 will be an update
      --> Finished Dependency Resolution
      Error: Package: systemd-208-11.el7.x86_64 (@centos-qa-03/$releasever)
      Requires: redhat-release >= 7.0
      Removing: centos-release-6-99.el7.0.0.x86_64 (@centos-qa-03/$releasever)
      Updated By: centos-release-7-0.el7.0.x86_64 (centos-qa-04)
      redhat-release = 7-0.el7.0
      You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem
      You could try running: rpm -Va --nofiles --nodigest

    2. Jim Perrin says:

      If you'd like to contribute the spec file that you used to build this image, please submit a pull request for https://github.com/CentOS/sig-cloud-instance-build/

  4. Kevin says:

    Where can I download the ISO file of QA release?

    1. Fabian Arrotin says:

      @Kevin : "Currently, we only have RPM packages online, but will be bringing installable media online as soon as we have it ready." (as stated above) so stay tuned, follow news, announcements, test, report, enjoy ...

  5. Neo2SHYAlien says:

    For me this is really funny
    Upgrading from the QA release to the final 7 release may be possible, but it’s not supported or documented in any way. I expect that you will have to re-install when 7 final is released.
    Actually CentOS is the only one distro which doesn't support dist upgrade. Why ? Why dist upgrade between major version isn't supported. This is standard feature for Ubuntu for example (where enterprise word doesn't exist 😉 ) Why you have to make new reinstall on every new release, is that enterprise approach ?? I dont think so. Also I'm not Ubuntu fan and I am using CentOS every day from 5 years because Cpanel depends on it otherwise this distro is useless.

    1. Bucky says:

      Good gracious.

      Dist-upgrade isn't available for RHEL. Therefore it isn't available in its clones--including CentOS.

      It isn't wrong to want this. However, this may not be the best place on the chain to make your appeal. Violating the behavior of RHEL at the CentOS level is probably against the CentOS charter. The best agency to appeal to in this case is probably RedHat.

  6. Tinuva says:

    I found a url to the RH7 RC which looks like a the website of a Fedora developer.

    That said, you guys should first check it out before trusting it, I am only going to install it into a VM for testing the above:


  7. Kevin says:

    I have another question. when will be the final version released?

    1. That Guy says:

      As soon as it's ready.

      1. Kevin says:

        Looks like the Centos 7 final will be released at the end of the June or early July...

        1. Jason B says:

          It's ready now!

  8. Rajiv Sharma says:

    i am waiting for CentOS7 from last few months and cant wait more for final release.

    I am upgrading my CentOS 6.5 to CentOS7

    Let see what happen next.

    Thanks to Centos Team

  9. Marco Rodrigues says:

    This might be interesting for those asking for an upgrade path from v6 to v7.


  10. Bootingman says:

    waiting for CentOS. thanks to Cent and Red Hat.

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