CentOS 6 – End of Life (EOL)

Announcement:CentOS 6 will reach End of Life (EOL) on November 30, 2020
Who is impacted?cPanel-managed VPS and dedicated server users running CentOS 6
Why is this happening?The CentOS project will discontinue maintenance updates to make way for CentOS 7 and CentOS 8 support. Full updates for CentOS 6 halted on May 10, 2017.

What Should I do?

Managed VPS and dedicated server users should check your CentOS version via WebHost Manager (WHM) or SSH. 

Shared Hosting customers are not affected by this as CentOS and cPanel updates are maintained internally. Cloud Server Hosting customers are not affected by this as only CentOS 7 is offered alongside Debian and Ubuntu.

Check CentOS Version in WHM

  1. Log into WHM.
  2. Check your CentOS version at the top of WHM.
CentOS version at the top of WebHost Manager (WHM).

Check CentOS Version in SSH

  1. Login to SSH.
  2. You can use any of the following commands to check your CentOS version in the terminal:
    cat /etc/centos-release

    cat /etc/release 


CentOS 6 users should use our Live Support options to request an upgrade to CentOS 7. We will assist you with the upgrade to CentOS 7. However, we still recommend you create a cPanel server backup and snapshot in your Account Management Panel (AMP) beforehand.

More Details?

CentOS is the operating system (OS) underneath the proprietary cPanel and WebHost Manager (WHM) server management software. 

To learn more about CentOS version life cycles, visit CentOS.org.

For more information regarding compatibility for cPanel on CentOS 8, see Features.cPanel.net.

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