New CentOS Atomic Host Available

Friday, 12, February 2016 Jason Brooks announcement 2 Comments

An updated version of CentOS Atomic Host (version 7.20160203) is now available for download. CentOS Atomic Host is a lean operating system designed to run Docker containers, built from standard CentOS 7 RPMs, and tracking the component versions included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7.2.

CentOS Atomic Host is available as a VirtualBox or libvirt-formatted Vagrant box, or as an installable ISO, qcow2 or Amazon Machine image. These images are available for download at The backing ostree repo is published to

CentOS Atomic Host includes these core component versions:


If you're running a previous version of CentOS Atomic Host, you can upgrade to the current image by running the following command:

$ sudo atomic host upgrade


Vagrant (416 MB) and (428 MB) are Vagrant boxes for Libvirt and Virtualbox providers.

The easiest way to consume these images is via the Atlas / Vagrant Cloud setup (see For example, getting the VirtualBox instance up would involve running the following two commands on a machine with vagrant installed:

$ vagrant init centos/atomic-host && vagrant up --provider virtualbox


The installer ISO (737 MB) can be used via regular install methods (PXE, CD, USB image, etc.) and uses the Anaconda installer to deliver the CentOS Atomic Host. This allows flexibility to control the install using kickstarts and define custom storage, networking and user accounts. This is the recommended process for getting CentOS Atomic Host onto bare metal machines, or to generate your own image sets for custom environments.


The CentOS-Atomic-Host-7-GenericCloud.qcow2 (1 GB) is suitable for use in on-premise and local virtualized environments. We test this on OpenStack, AWS and local Libvirt installs. If your virtualization platform does not provide its own cloud-init metadata source, you can create your own NoCloud iso image. The Generic Cloud image is also available compressed in gz format (418 MB) and xz compressed (318 MB).

Amazon Machine Images

Region Image ID
sa-east-1 ami-238d0e4f
ap-northeast-1 ami-b54d4adb
ap-southeast-2 ami-27123544
us-west-2 ami-1f94747f
ap-southeast-1 ami-4319d720
eu-central-1 ami-40d6cd2c
eu-west-1 ami-430aba30
us-west-1 ami-dae791ba
us-east-1 ami-896653e3
ap-northeast-2 ami-961fd1f8

SHA Sums

4062ef213eed698ac8ec03b32a55dd6903721a44dc8d54a18513644f160ca7d4 CentOS-Atomic-Host-7.20160130-GenericCloud.qcow2
a7dd91736f45101e95e7d9a80c2eede9164eb0392c8c4748b08c98a42d3eda39 CentOS-Atomic-Host-7.20160130-GenericCloud.qcow2.gz
9eca81d3638e4e00fc734d7233b47a3af803237cc82e5a66b3a587552232dcdc CentOS-Atomic-Host-7.20160130-GenericCloud.qcow2.xz
be3c1a3326c04026f37bd6b6c2fccca3a285ea40ac663230624854abeaaee135 CentOS-Atomic-Host-7.20160130-Installer.iso

Release Cycle

The CentOS Atomic Host image follows the upstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host cadence. After sources are released, they're rebuilt and included in new images. After the images are tested by the SIG and deemed ready, we announce them.

Getting Involved

CentOS Atomic Host is produced by the CentOS Atomic SIG, based on upstream work from Project Atomic. If you'd like to work on testing images, help with packaging, documentation -- join us!

The SIG meets weekly on Thursdays at 16:00 UTC in the #centos-devel channel, and you'll often find us in #atomic and/or #centos-devel if you have questions. You can also join the atomic-devel mailing list if you'd like to discuss the direction of Project Atomic, its components, or have other questions.

Getting Help

If you run into any problems with the images or components, feel free to ask on the centos-devel mailing list.

Have questions about using Atomic? See the atomic mailing list or find us in the #atomic channel on Freenode.

2 thoughts on "New CentOS Atomic Host Available"

  1. Morten using VMWare says:

    open-vm-tools ??!

  2. Luca says:

    good question... what about open-vm-tools ???

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