How to install CentOS 6 via a remote Net Install

Last night I downloaded the latest CentOS 6 DVD ISO via bittorrent, but for some reason it was corrupted, so instead of redownloading the whole 4.3Gb image again, I thought I’d try out the net install as it’s only about 170Mb.

However when you get to the screen it asks you for the URL to download the install image. Hmm. Originally, the Net Install method was designed so you could do an install from images hosted on your network or on some local FTP server. I have neither. Luckily the CentOS mirror provides the necessary images. The following URL may save you some head scratching:

32 bit:
64 bit:

Thats it. The installer will fetch what it needs from that URL and you’ll be on your way.

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36 Responses to How to install CentOS 6 via a remote Net Install

  1. PeteV says:

    leave the /images directory off the end and you’re in business.

  2. ellisgl says:

    Actually remove /images/ from the URL.

  3. Christian says:


    I save a lot a time with your post!


  4. Omar says:

    Thank you.

  5. PeteV says:

    You’re welcome!

  6. ken says:

    Thanks….believe it or not, you need that trailing slash. You’d think they’d put up a default URL when that dialog comes up :-P

  7. irvingswiftj says:

    Cheers for that….it did save me a lot of time!

  8. Eric Johnson says:

    Thanks much for this post! It just helped me a lot!

  9. Sam Walton says:

    Works good, didn’t need the trailing slash but may be a good idea to prevent err.

    Thank you Sir for the article.

  10. Fred says:

    Get rid of the trailing slash from your url. That is incorrect.

  11. Brad says:

    Thanks alot for all your help. I am new to Centos and would have spent hours looking for this URL if I had not come across your blog. Thank you so much!

  12. Douglas says:

    Just what I needed! Thanks!

  13. Mark says:

    Just found this when coming across the same issue. Thanks a lot from down under ;-)

  14. kamal says:

    Thank you sir from Malaysia I have been trying for the right url for half an hour

  15. itzrelic says:

    Anyone else getting this error when using the URL listed in this page?

    Error: Unable to retrieve

  16. Zak says:

    Thanks! Saved me a lot time :) Trying to setup a new server for my new site.

  17. Egon says:

    Thanks alot for this post.
    You made my day!

  18. seanm says:

    Great time saver and thanks for the post.

  19. artem says:

    спасибО! очень помогло! Все работает!

  20. MarkG says:

    Thanks alot!!!!.

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  22. Stefan Nilsson says:

    Thank you!

  23. Jeff says:

    All documentation out there that I’ve found is redhat specific and doesn’t point you even close to the correct path, so I was glad to find this. Thanks!

  24. Rob says:

    THX! Time saver

  25. Big Sean says:

    Error: Unable to retrieve
    This is what I am getting…Kindly update me please. thank you all great minds.

    • According to a readme back up the dir tree a bit, the 6.0 directory is deprecated and you should use just 6. Drop a few bits from the end of the URL and you’ll find the correct URL. Cheers

  26. Chris says:

    Showed up second in a Google search and worked the first time I tried. Thanks!!

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