How To Install dd on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will discuss How To Install dd on CentOS 8 using dnf and yum package managers. Also, we will demonstrate how to uninstall and update dd as well.

One-liner Install Command

If you are only interested in the installation command, here is a quick answer for you:

sudo yum makecache && sudo yum -y install coreutils
or if you use dnf:
sudo dnf makecache && sudo dnf -y install coreutils

But if you are interested in the details with step-by-step instructions, the following information will be helpful.

What is dd and How to Install It?

First things first, you will need access to a server or computer running CentOS 8. This guide was written specifically with a server running CentOS 8 in mind, although it should also work on older, supported versions of the operating system.

Also, make sure you are running a regular, non-root user with sudo privileges configured on your server. When you have an account available, log in as your non-root user to begin.

There are several ways to install dd on CentOS 8. You can use (links are clickable):

In the following sections, we will describe each method in detail. You can choose one of them or refer to the recommended one.

Install dd on CentOS 8 using dnf

First, update dnf packages database with dnf by running the next command:

sudo dnf makecache --refresh

After updating database, You can install dd using dnf by running the following command:

sudo dnf -y install coreutils

Install dd on CentOS 8 using yum

Because dd is available in CentOS 8’s default repositories, it is possible to install it from these repositories using the yum packaging system.

To begin, update local packages database with yum using the following command.

sudo yum makecache --refresh

Now can install dd package on your server/computer by running the following command:

sudo yum -y install coreutils

How to upgrade (update) a single package dd using yum?

To update all the packages available on the system:

yum update

If you want to update a specific package like dd in this example you should use the following command:

yum update coreutils

To downgrade a package to an earlier version:

yum downgrade coreutils

How to Upgrade dd on CentOS 8 with dnf?

When you run the dnf update, all system packages with available updates are updated. However, if you want to upgrade a single package, then you would have to pass the package name as the argument to the dnf update command.

dnf update coreutils

How To remove dd from CentOS 8

To uninstall only the dd package you can execute the following command:

sudo dnf remove coreutils

Extra info and code examples

  • Make a bootable usb drive from an isohybrid file (such like archlinux-xxx.iso) and show the progress:
    dd if=file.iso of=/dev/usb_drive status=progress
  • Clone a drive to another drive with 4MB block, ignore error and show progress:
    dd if=/dev/source_drive of=/dev/dest_drive bs=4M conv=noerror status=progress
  • Generate a file of 100 random bytes by using kernel random driver:
    dd if=/dev/urandom of=random_file bs=100 count=1
  • Benchmark the write performance of a disk:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=file_1GB bs=1024 count=1000000
  • Check progress of an ongoing dd operation (Run this command from another shell):
    kill -USR1 $(pgrep ^dd)


You now have a full guide on how to install dd using dnf and yum package managers. Also, we showed how to update manually as a single package and different ways to uninstall the dd from CentOS 8.

See also:

How To Install dd on CentOS 8

How To Install dd on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install dd on Ubuntu 21.04

How To Install dd on Fedora 34

How To Install dd on Kali Linux

How To Install dd on Debian 11