CentOS Server

Why choose CentOS

As soon as you click deploy, the Vultr cloud orchestration takes over and spins up your instance in your desired data center.

Community-driven Enterprise Linux

CentOS is a Linux distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). It is a popular distribution known for its long-term support and stability, with maintenance updates available for up to 10 years after the initial release. As CentOS is community supported software, it is offered free of charge.

Available CentOS Versions

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Deploy your CentOS instance

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Easy to manage

Our easy-to-use control panel and API let you spend more time coding and less time managing your infrastructure.

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Vultr Control Panel - Choose Application
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Vultr Control Panel - Backup Status
Vultr Control Panel - DDoS Status
Vultr Control Panel - Server Actions
Vultr Control Panel - Manage Server

Standardized platform worldwide

100% SLA guaranteed

Enterprise grade stability and performance.

Powerful API

Integrate with our API to quickly spin up, destroy, and control your instances.

100% Intel cores

Latest generation Intel CPUs guarantee consistent performance.

Solid-state drives

Blazing fast read/write speeds on solid-state disk hardware.

Private networking

Establish isolated regional private networks for your applications.

Public IPv6 network

Develop for the next generation internet protocol.

Root administrator access

Full "root" access and a dedicated IP address included with all VMs.

Custom ISOs

Deploy any operating system of your choosing.

Additional resources

Documentation and FAQs for CentOS


How do I change the CentOS hostname?

You can change the hostname from the customer portal, but this also reinstalls and wipes all data. See our guide to change the hostname without reinstalling. Note that CentOS needs to be rebooted one time after a new deployment to fully set the hostname.

How do I keep CentOS secure?

We recommend several security practices: Use an SELinux version of CentOS. Make sure you have automatic backups enabled. Perform all admin tasks with sudo as a non-root user. Keep your CentOS server up-to-date with software and security patches. Use the Vultr firewall, the CentOS firewall, or both. Use the guide for your version of CentOS 6, CentOS 7, or CentOS 8.

How do I reset the CentOS root password?

Use our troubleshooting guide to reset the root password in single-user mode.

Where can I find networking help for CentOS?

We have help available for many networking topics: Learn how to configure private networking and configure static networking with multiple IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. See our troubleshooting guide for general network issues, firewall questions, and see which network ports are blocked by default.

How do I recover a CentOS instance that won't boot?

The Vultr Web Console is available if you cannot reach your server by SSH. See our troubleshooting guide for CentOS boot problems. See our recovery guide using bootable ISOs such as Finnix .

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