Step-by-Step Guide

How to install Lotus Notes on Linux CentOS-4

1In my tutorial, I described how to install Lotus Domino Server on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. In this tutorial, I explain how to install Domino Server's client counterpart, Lotus Notes, on the Linux distribution CentOS-4. IBM officially supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 for Lotus Notes installations and CentOS-4 is advertised as being binary compatible with RHEL 4.

I chose to install CentOS-4 in a VMware virtual machine, but all of the instructions below apply whether you are using a virtual or physical machine. If you do use a virtual machine, you don't need to burn a CentOS disk. Instead, you can have your virtualizer directly mount the ISO file that you download from

Unfortunately, since the Lotus Notes installation file is not an ISO image, the simplest method of using it is to put it onto physical media. You can also connect the host and virtual file systems, although this is a little trickier.

Let's get started.


 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Install Linux CentOS-4
 Step 2: Install Lotus Notes on Linux CentOS-4
 Step 3: Troubleshoot any installation issues



Charles Connell IV
Charles Connell IV is a high school student in Bedford, Mass. He can be reached at

This was first published in July 2007

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