How to Install Podman on Rocky Linux 8

Install Podman on Rocky Linux 8

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install Podman on Rocky Linux 8. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Podman is a free and open-source container platform built to develop, manage and deploy containers and pods on a Linux environment. Podman is designed according to OCI (Open Container Initiative) standards that allow Podman to interact directly with the kernel, containers, and images. Podman manages the entire container ecosystem including pods, container images, container volumes using the libpod library. Libpod is a library used to create container pods.

Install Podman on Rocky Linux 8

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Rocky Linux server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf update
sudo dnf upgrade
sudo dnf module install container-tools

Step 2. Install Podman on Rocky Linux.

To Install Podman on Rocky Linux system by using the following command below:

sudo dnf install podman

Confirm Podman have been installed:

$ podman -v
podman version 3.3.2

Step 3. Searching Podman for Container Images.

Run the syntax below:

podman search <search-term>

For example to search for the image of the Nginx web server using the following command:

podman search nginx

Next, download the image, use one of the following commands:

podman pull nginx

After that, running a Podman container:

podman run -d --name webserver nginx

Now check listing containers and their statuses:

podman ps


CONTAINER ID  IMAGE                           COMMAND               CREATED         STATUS             PORTS       NAMES
19bbmwe46bc627  nginx -g daemon o...  28 seconds ago  Up 36 seconds ago              webserver
35abmwe46a5a55  nginx -g daemon o...  4 seconds ago   Up 8 seconds ago               webserver2

Step 4. Using Podman Commands.

The below table shows the most commonly used commands in Podman:

Command Description
podman –help Retrieve Podman help information.
man podman Retrieve detailed Podman information.
podman search some image Find images (as with most Unix programs). Input the image name.
podman pull Download an image. Input the name of the registry and image.
podman someimages See podman search some image. Use the full name of an image (e.g., as they are stored in a different registry.
podman run -dt -p 8080: 80 / tcp Start the container.
podman ps View the list of running containers.
podman ps -aB View the list of all containers (created, completed, and launched).
podman inspect -l | grep ipaddress View the running container.
A container can work in non-root mode, so it is not assigned an IP address.
podman logs -l View container logs.
podman top -l View pid containers.
podman stop -l Stop a container.
podman rm -l Remove a container.

That’s all you need to do to install Podman on Rocky Linux 8. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on Podman, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.