How To Install ovsdb-tool on CentOS 8

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

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

What is ovsdb-tool 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 ovsdb-tool 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 ovsdb-tool 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 ovsdb-tool using dnf by running the following command:

sudo dnf -y install openvswitch

Install ovsdb-tool on CentOS 8 using yum

Because ovsdb-tool 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 ovsdb-tool package on your server/computer by running the following command:

sudo yum -y install openvswitch

How to upgrade (update) a single package ovsdb-tool using yum?

To update all the packages available on the system:

yum update

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

yum update openvswitch

To downgrade a package to an earlier version:

yum downgrade openvswitch

How to Upgrade ovsdb-tool 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 openvswitch

How To remove ovsdb-tool from CentOS 8

To uninstall only the ovsdb-tool package you can execute the following command:

sudo dnf remove openvswitch

Extra info and code examples

Open vSwitch is a production quality, multilayer, software-based, Ethernet virtual switch. It is designed to enable massive network automation through programmatic extension, while still supporting standard management interfaces and protocols (e.g. NetFlow, IPFIX, sFlow, SPAN, RSPAN, CLI, LACP, 802.1ag). In addition, it is designed to support distribution across multiple physical servers similar to VMware's vNetwork distributed vswitch or Cisco's Nexus 1000V. openvswitch-switch provides the userspace components and utilities for the Open vSwitch kernel-based switch.


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

See also:

How To Install ovsdb-tool on Fedora 34

How To Install ovsdb-tool on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install ovsdb-tool on Ubuntu 21.04

How To Install ovsdb-tool on Kali Linux

How To Install ovsdb-tool on Debian 11

How To Install ovsdb-tool on CentOS 8