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CentOS 8: “Error: Failed to download metadata for repo appstream” Fix

If you’re encountering the following error in CentOS 8 while trying to update packages using dnf update or yum update In this tutorial, we’re going to fix this issue.

Fixing CentOS 8: “Error: Failed to download metadata for repo appstream”

Error: Failed to download metadata for repo 'appstream': Cannot prepare internal mirrorlist: No URLs in mirrorlist

Fix: Migrate to CentOS Stream 8 or an alternative distro

CentOS users are switching to CentOS alternatives now because CentOS has switched to Stream – a rolling-release Linux distribution that sits halfway between upstream Fedora development and downstream RHEL development. Others have migrated to CentOS Stream 8 to stay with CentOS. Both of these options will allow you to update CentOS 8 despite the fact that you are unable to do so.

Migrate from CentOS 8 to CentOS Stream 8:

dnf --disablerepo '*' --enablerepo=extras swap centos-linux-repos centos-stream-repos

dnf distro-sync

It will help you resolve the issue which you’re having updating packages or installing new packages. Let me know in the comments if you face any difficulties.

Noor Qureshi

Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Network Security and Information Security.

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