Download Older Versions of Fedora

A frequently asked question is: Where can I find a specific older version of Fedora? The correct answer is: If you CANNOT find it on the official Fedora Mirror List, then chances are it is too old and not supported.

Unless you need an older version for some very specific task, I strongly recommend that you use a recent version of Fedora.

To find an older version, start by going through the mirrors to see if you can find a site that is physically closer to you (for faster downloads). If you cannot find the version on a mirror, try downloading from Redhat’s site (below).

Some things to note:

  • If a DVD image is not available try to generate your own DVD from CD’s.
  • The SRPM ISO images are for source code and not useful for running and/or installing.
  • The follow links could be removed at any point in the future.
  • The rescue-CD is not needed for installing/running but maybe helpful to boot or fix an existing installation.
  • Since you need to download each ISO individually, make sure to verify the MD5SUM or SHA1SUM.

Download Links:

Fedora Version Architecture Install CD’s Rescue-CD DVD
Fedora Core 1 i386 3
x86_64 3
Fedora Core 2 i386 4 yes yes
x86_64 4 yes
Fedora Core 3 i386 4 yes yes
x86_64 4 yes
Fedora Core 4 i386 4 yes yes
x86_64 5 yes yes
ppc 5 yes
Fedora Core 5 i386 5 yes yes
x86_64 5 yes yes
ppc 5 yes yes
Fedora Core 6 i386 5 yes yes
x86_64 6 yes yes
ppc 6 yes yes

Fedora 7 and newer no longer use “Core” as part of the release name.

Fedora Version Architecture Media Type
Fedora 7 i386 DVD + Rescue CD
i386 Live CD
x86_64 DVD + Rescue CD
x86_64 Live DVD
ppc DVD + Rescue CD
Fedora 8 i386 DVD + Rescue CD
i686 Live CD
x86_64 DVD + Rescue CD
x86_64 Live DVD
ppc DVD + Rescue CD
ppc Live CD
Fedora 9 i386 DVD, 6-CD Set
i686 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
x86_64 DVD, 7-CD Set
x86_64 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
ppc DVD, 7-CD Set
Fedora 10 i386 DVD, 6-CD Set
i686 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
x86_64 DVD, 6-CD Set
x86_64 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
ppc DVD, 7-CD Set
Fedora 11 i386 DVD, 6-CD Set
i686 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
x86_64 DVD, 6-CD Set
x86_64 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
ppc DVD, 7-CD Set
Fedora 12 i386 DVD, 5-CD Set
i686 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
x86_64 DVD, 5-CD Set
x86_64 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
ppc DVD, 6-CD Set
Fedora 13 i386 DVD, 5-CD Set
i686 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
x86_64 DVD, 5-CD Set
x86_64 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
Fedora 14 i386 DVD, 5-CD Set
i686 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)
x86_64 DVD, 5-CD Set
x86_64 Live CDs (Gnome, KDE)

Fedora Public Mirror List
How to download Fedora

Older versions of CentOS can be found here:

UPDATE: 10/04/2008 – Updated all links to
UPDATE: 03/31/2009 – Updated for Fedora 7 and later. No installation CD sets are available.
UPDATE: 02/22/2010 – Added Fedora 9 and 10.
UPDATE: 03/23/2012 – Added Fedora 11-14.

Fedora Core 6 – 64 bit

After hearing many complaints about trouble using Fedora Core 6 with a 64 bit processor, I decided to test it myself. For the most part almost everything is identical however there were some issues I found. I decided to write a mini-guide with some notes and tips for 64 bit.

Personal Fedora Core 6 64 bit Notes

The only seriously confusing problems I had was with the co-existing of both i386 and x86_64 libraries and packages, commonly referred to as multilib. The rpm command is improved when adding:

%_query_all_fmt         %%{name}-%%{version}-%%{release}.%%{arch}

to the file: /etc/rpm/macros

I noted that having duplicate libraries and applications did make the installation a bit larger, apx. 0.5GB. While this isn’t very large, I could not figure out what was the reason that some 32 bit apps are included while others aren’t.

The 64 bit Firefox did not load the 32 bit browser plugins, so I removed Firefox.x86_64 and installed Firefox.i386 this allowed the browser plugins to work correctly.

Additionally the Nvidia driver installation had some yum problem due to some 32 bit dependencies. I removed those and that problem was resolved.

I currently have a power management problem with kernel 2.6.20-1.2933.fc6 x86_64 as my desktop won’t properly suspend (mode S3).

In conclusion I found the multilib to be such a nuisance. I would consider switching entirely to 64 bit if there was perfect 64 bit support for everything. In that I mean if there was absolutely no need for any 32 bit parts. I didn’t notice a significant speed increase and I am not aware of any major benefits I’m losing by staying with 32 bit Linux.

Curious Multimedia Dependancies

The jokes made about confusing Linux dependancies may at times seem funny, but they reflect a sad truth. After my previous complaint about gui nuisances in Rythmbox, I installed of copy of FC6 – 64bit to a spare partition. Following my own FC6 Guide, I came upon the MP3 section.

Adding MP3 support to Rythmbox (GTK based GNOME media player) requires:
yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly
This downloads 7 packages which are less than 1MB and most come from the Livna repository.

However the popular MP3/media player in KDE, Amarok, is not included in the distribution so when you install it your yum command will look like:
yum install amarok amarok-extras-nonfree
This pulls down 26 packages totalling 31MB!!! However 18MB alone are for the single Amarok package.

The funny thing was near the end of the yum download list:

Updating for dependencies:
 libgpod           x86_64    0.4.2-0.1.fc6   updates     202 k
 rhythmbox         x86_64    0.9.8-1.fc6     updates     4.0 M

So basically installing Amarok with MP3 plugins will require you to install Rythmbox — a totally unrelated media player.

At first this may seem confusing but the real reason for this is the dependancy on libgpod which is a helper library to interface with your iPod. Since amarok requires libgpod as does rhythmbox, an update to libgpod will pull down an update to both media players. While this isn’t very confusing if you take a moment to think about dependancies, it would make someone wonder why they have a GNOME media player when they only use and install KDE applications.

At first I thought it was curious. However most Fedora users know that it is pretty rare to live without any GTK or GNOME apps on their computer. Even if they entirely prefer KDE.

From XMMS to Rhythmbox

Back in 2000, xmms was the hot MP3 player for Linux that everybody loved. Most likely due to it’s near perfect match in design and functionality to Winamp. Well time makes you bolder and MP3 players get older. And with no major updates (not even a port to GTK2), xmms just sits around. Recently some distributions have stopped including it in favor of more modern players. So I tried Rythmbox (the Music management and playback software for GNOME.). After 2 week I can say modern does NOT mean better.

A look at XMMS, a very simple interface.


All the standard playback buttons including play, pause, previous, next. As well as volume, balance and position sliders. Note that I’m at track 330 (Velvet Revolver) in my playlist.

A look at Rythmbox, a very simple interface as well. Maybe too simple.


Hmm, so I can hit play, go previous or go next. But wait how do I stop? Of course silly me, I can hit Play again to Stop. Or wait is that hit Play to Pause?? Hmmm? I guess play just isn’t what it used to be. Perhaps I have no Pause or Stop because I have no room. That must be it. Why? Because on my toolbar I have my most common functions which includes “Create an Audio CD…”. Yup, that sure sounds like something I do every single day.

Okay, so the toolbar buttons aren’t intelligent. At least we have a button for volume. I don’t know who prefers a button, but press it and lo and behold it reveals a slider. The whole volume changer is absolutely quirky. Why oh why hide the slider? Another space issue?

While I could go on, there’s one more absolutely annoying feature. Why is it everytime I close the player listening to Oasis, I start again with .38 Special? The position in the playlist is lost. Lost! Like the tv show.

Before 2 weeks ago, I had never really used any other MP3 player other than XMMS. I was using FC6 and Rythmbox 0.9.7 and to be fair there are many features I do like. However the small issues can be incredibly annoying. I plan to try some other players as well.

Creative Zen Vision M in Linux

Well I normally don’t get too many gifts or exchange too many gifts during Christmas. But this year I got an MP3 player. I got the Zen Vision M from Creative. And I was very much impressed. Outside of MP3 playback. It has video playback for MPEG, Divx, Xvid and Windows Media. It also has a FM radio, which can be recorded as well as a voice recorder. Reviews on the internet rate it better than the video iPod.

There was one big disappointment: the device was engineered to only work with Windows Media Player 10, which is only supported in Windows XP. Windows XP/MP10 use something called MTP: Media Transfer Protocol to communicate with MP3 players. Unfortunately I run Windows 2000. Luckily the device worked perfected in Fedora Core 6 using libmtp (supported in Fedora Extras).

I installed Gnomad 2 and Amarok (both in FC: Extras):

# sudo yum install gnomad2 amarok

I can use Gnomad to add files to and from the Zen. This looks similar to something like FTP.

However Amarok provides access almost identically to Windows Media Player once setup.

To configure go to:
Settings > Configure Amarok… > Media Devices
Select Add Device…
Use the plugin: MTP Media Device
Enter a name for the device “My Zen”
Hit “Okay”

In the main window, on the left, select Media Device and hit the Connect button. Make sure you are NOT connected to Gnomad or something else.

Once connected it shows music properly sorted with album and artist, etc. However the Zen does have one annoying issue. It relies entire on ID3v2 tags instead of ID3v1, so all my music from 1998 to the past few years appear unsorted.

I’m pretty sure there is a way to use some perl library to script a command to copy all data from v1 to v2 for all my music. I’d appreciate any hints. For now, I’m manually editting every file and copying. What a pain.

In any event I highly recommend this device. Much better than the iPod in both features and price.

PHP4 on Fedora Core 6

The need for PHP4 has not changed much since Fedora Core 5 (FC5). Hence I have taken the time to update the SRC.RPM that I had originally distributed for FC5 to support Fedora Core 6 (FC6). Included are several security updates as well. FC5 users who used this file previously should update.

The updated source RPM package is provided on the following guide:

PHP4 on Fedora Core 6

Steps provided should work for FC6, FC5 as well as FC4. Although no testing was done for FC4. There are some precompiled binary RPM’s provided as well. (The binaries MAY be out of date.)

As always, these have only minimal testing by myself. Furthermore, please take care when using these files on production servers.

Fedora Core 6 Released

After some rather clunky Test releases, buggy installers and 3 delays, Fedora Core 6 “Zod” is finally released!

The full list of features can be found on the FC6 Release Summary.

Please download using the official mirror list or through Bittorrent. The release notes give a comprehensive list of changes. There is also a Fedora Core 6 Tour with some media.

For more help I’ve create a page to explain to people on How to download Fedora Core.

I have not yet completed my Personal Fedora Core 6 Installation Guide but the current draft should help for people who plan to install immediately.

Fedora Core 6 Test 3 Released

The third and final beta for the upcoming Fedora Core 6 has been made available. Although typically reserved for more experienced testers, the test releases lately have been become more widely used. Improving the quality of the distribution.

The notable features in FC6-Test3 are:

  • Support for installation from multiple repositories at install-time, including access to Fedora Extras for network installs
  • GNOME 2.16.0 Final Release
  • KDE 3.5.3
  • An improved look and feel for various non-English languages thanks to a new default font
  • New desktop eye candy provided by the Compiz window manager using AIGLX
  • Notification of available software updates via notification bubbles
  • Improved startup performance of applications due to support for the DT_GNU_HASH linker option
  • Improved speed of various package management utilities
  • Further improvements in the Xen virtualization technology as well as the inclusion of a graphical application for creating and managing domains (virt-manager)
  • Increased usability of SELinux thanks to the integration of setroubleshoot which lets the user know when security denials occur
  • Integrated smart card capabilities
  • Improved X autoconfiguration to work better with LCDs and laptops
  • An improved version of system-config-printer to provide for easier and more powerful printer configuration
  • New artwork to provide a fresh new feel.

Looking over the test release new features, there are not many significant changes. Due to the massive problems encountered with FC6-Test2 I found the system incredibly unusable. Many of the problems involved powermanagement, the X-server and general instability. However the the improvements to the X autoconfiguration should hopefully resolve this. Additionally the Compiz window manager using AIGLX are currently not supported for Nvidia users. The driver changes to support this should be coming out soon (hopefully before FC6 Final).

Given the recent problems I’ve been encountering with FC5 and the test release, I’m really hoping the FC6 final will ship problem free. I won’t hold my breath.