Installing rkt on popular Linux distributions


rkt is available in the Community Repository and can be installed using pacman:

sudo pacman -S rkt


rkt is available in the CentOS Community Build Service for CentOS 7.


rkt is an integral part of CoreOS, installed with the operating system. The CoreOS releases page lists the version of rkt available in each CoreOS release channel.

If the version of rkt included in CoreOS is too old, it's fairly trivial to fetch the desired version via a systemd unit.


rkt is currently packaged in Debian sid (unstable) available at

sudo apt-get install rkt

Note that due to an outstanding bug ( one has to use the "coreos" stage1 image:

sudo rkt run --insecure-options=image docker://nginx

If you prefer to install the newest version of rkt follow the instructions in the Ubuntu section below.


rkt is packaged in the development version of Fedora, Rawhide:

sudo dnf install rkt

Until the rkt package makes its way into the general Fedora releases, download the latest rkt directly from the project.

rkt's entry in the Fedora package database tracks packaging work for this distribution.

Caveat: SELinux

rkt can integrate with SELinux on Fedora but in a limited way. This has the following caveats: - running as systemd service restricted (see #2322) - access to host volumes restricted (see #2325) - socket activation restricted (see #2326) - metadata service restricted (see #1978)

As a workaround, SELinux can be temporarily disabled:

sudo setenforce Permissive

Or permanently disabled by editing /etc/selinux/config:


Caveat: firewalld

Fedora uses firewalld to dynamically define firewall zones. rkt is not yet fully integrated with firewalld. The default firewalld rules may interfere with the network connectivity of rkt pods. To work around this, add a firewalld rule to allow pod traffic:

sudo firewall-cmd --add-source= --zone=trusted is the subnet of the default pod network. The command must be adapted when rkt is configured to use a different network with a different subnet.


rkt can be installed on NixOS using the following command:

nix-env -iA rkt

The source for the rkt.nix expression can be found on GitHub


rkt is available in the Virtualization:containers project on openSUSE Build Service. Before installing, the appropriate repository needs to be added (usually Tumbleweed or Leap):

sudo zypper ar -f obs://Virtualization:containers/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ virtualization_containers
sudo zypper ar -f obs://Virtualization:containers/openSUSE_Leap_42.1/ virtualization_containers

Install rkt using zypper:

sudo zypper in rkt


rkt is not packaged currently in Ubuntu. If you want the newest version of rkt the easiest method to install it is using the script. This script can be found in the scripts directory of the rkt Github repository.

Either clone the repository and run the script:

git clone
cd rkt
sudo ./scripts/

Or just get the script:

chmod +x
sudo ./

The above script will install the "gnupg2", and "checkinstall" packages, download rkt, verify it, and finally invoke "checkinstall" to create a deb package and install rkt. To uninstall rkt, execute:

sudo apt-get remove rkt


rkt is available in the official binary packages for the Void Linux distribution. The source for these packages is hosted on GitHub.