Rocky Linux 8.4 RC1 Available Now

Release Engineering Team

The Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation (RESF) is pleased to announce the availability of the Rocky Linux 8.4 Release Candidate for:

ARM64 (aarch64)XXX

Please note that a release candidate is not suitable for production use. You can report any bugs or issues here. The upgrade from Rocky Linux 8.3 RC1 to Rocky Linux 8.4 RC1 is not supported, meaning it will not be tested nor documented.

To download the release, visit

Release notes are available here.

Once this release candidate has been validated, we will transition Rocky Linux 8.4 to General Availability. If our 8.4 RC goes as smoothly as our 8.3 RC did, you won’t have long to wait.


What upgrade paths are supported?

Upgrading between release candidates, or from a release candidate to a stable release will not be supported. Release candidates are not suitable for production use, and are to be used for testing purposes only.

Will there be a Rocky Linux 8.4 RC2 before Rocky Linux 8.4 GA?

No, we plan to iron out any reported bugs in Rocky Linux 8.4 RC1 and then move straight towards a GA release.

Will there be a Rocky Linux 8.3 RC2, or a Rocky Linux 8.3 GA?

There will not be a stable release of Rocky Linux 8.3. The first stable release of Rocky Linux will be 8.4.

More FAQ can be found on our website here.

We have our amazing community to thank for working around the clock in many time zones to bring you this release candidate. You've downloaded Rocky Linux 8.3 RC1 more than 118,000 times from our website, not including our 65+ active community mirrors.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors and our partners, whose contribution of resources, financial backing, software, and infrastructure were all critical in supporting our efforts:

  • CIQ
  • 45Drives
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Fosshost
  • Fastly
  • GitLab
  • Mattermost
  • MontaVista
  • NAVER Cloud
  • OpenDrives

This is just the beginning. Our commitment to you is the long-lasting development and support of an open enterprise operating system by the community, and for the community.

We have so much more to do. From testing and validation of the core OS to the refinement of our build infrastructure and special interest groups, the work is not done. Come build the next open enterprise operating system with us at