How To Install dunst on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will discuss How To Install dunst on CentOS 8 using dnf and yum package managers. Also, we will demonstrate how to uninstall and update dunst 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 dunst
or if you use dnf:
sudo dnf makecache && sudo dnf -y install dunst

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

What is dunst 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 dunst 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 dunst 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 dunst using dnf by running the following command:

sudo dnf -y install dunst

Install dunst on CentOS 8 using yum

Because dunst 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 dunst package on your server/computer by running the following command:

sudo yum -y install dunst

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

To update all the packages available on the system:

yum update

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

yum update dunst

To downgrade a package to an earlier version:

yum downgrade dunst

How to Upgrade dunst 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 dunst

How To remove dunst from CentOS 8

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

sudo dnf remove dunst

Extra info and code examples

Dunst is a highly configurable and lightweight notification-daemon: The only thing it displays is a colored box with unformatted text. The whole notification specification (non-optional parts and the "body" capability) is supported as long as it fits into this look & feel. Dunst is designed to fit nicely into minimalistic windowmanagers like dwm, but it should work on any Linux desktop.


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

See also:

How To Install dunst on Fedora 34

How To Install dunst on CentOS 8

How To Install dunst on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install dunst on Ubuntu 21.04

How To Install dunst on Kali Linux

How To Install dunst on Debian 11