Introducing Elevate CentOS 6 to CentOS 7

Posted By: Tony Baird

Last Updated: Thursday April 25, 2024

AlmaLinux recently released tools and a guide for migrating from CentOS 6 to CentOS 7. We haven’t offered CentOS 6.9 in some time, but there was a time when we did offer CentOS 6 as an operating system option. We decided to take our last known CentOS 6 image and use the redhat-upgrade-tool to move to CentOS 7.

CentOS 6.10 to CentOS 7.2.1511 Preparation

The first step is going to switch to a CentOS 6 vault repo:

curl -o /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo 

Once you’ve done this, update to the latest version of all packages using the following:

yum update

At this point, it’s best to reboot your server if there are any updates. Once the server has been rebooted, confirm you’re running CentOS 6.10:

cat /etc/centos-release 
CentOS release 6.10 (Final)

CentOS 6.10 to CentOS 7.2.1511 Upgrade Process

You’re now ready to start the Elevate process

yum install

Install the upgrade tools:

yum install redhat-upgrade-tool preupgrade-assistant-contents

You’re now ready to check for potential issues:


You can view the output of that by running:

preupg --riskcheck --verbose

Once you’ve resolved any issues, you can run the following:

rpm --import

To start the upgrade

redhat-upgrade-tool --network=7 --cleanup-post --instrepo=

Upon completion, you will need to reboot your system:


Upon reboot, you can watch your server from the console while it performs the necessary upgrade steps.

After the process has been completed you should be back at a login screen, and if you login to your system, you should have an output of:

cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core) 

After this, you can remove any el6 packages. In my case, the only remaining were:

Which I removed with the following:

yum remove redhat-upgrade-tool-0.8.0-10.el6.noarch elevate-release-1.0-2.el6.noarch

CentOS 7.2.1511 to CentOS 7.9.2009 Upgrade Process

Now we need to move from CentOS 7.2.1511 to CentOS 7.9.2009. You’ll need to confirm you’re seeing the following:

ls -la /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo.rpmnew
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1664 Dec  9  2015 /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo.rpmnew

rpm -qV centos-release
S.5....T.  c /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo

Assuming this matches for you then you can move the repo file:

mv /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo.rpmnew /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo

Then we need to yum update:

yum update

After rebooting, you should be on CentOS 7.9.2009:

cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS Linux release 7.9.2009 (Core)


Of course, with CentOS 7 soon becoming end of life, the work isn’t done. You could elevate from CentOS 7 to AlmaLinux 8 with a bit of work.

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