This is a tool for making CentOS-7.3.1611 ISO of yourself.
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Makeiso Kuroko

This is a tool for making CentOS-7.3.1611 ISO of yourself.

This only works for CentOS-7.3.1611. For other version such as 1708, 1804, and other linux distributions, please wait for more time.


  • An avaliable Linux platform. CentOS 7 is prefered, but Ubuntu is also OK.
  • A CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1611.iso image
  • genisoimage (A RPM package is included in Everything 1611 iso image)
  • createrepo (A RPM package is included in Everything 1611 iso image)
  • rsync 3.1.1+ (not included in Everything 1611 iso image. A RPM package is included in this repository)


Basic order:

  1. Modify the GLOBAL VARIABLE if needed.
  2. Copy addtional files you want to install after the system installation to PAYLOAD_PATH, and write a as the installation script.
  3. Run to generate iso file.




  • CENTOS7_EVERYTHING_ISO MUST be a accessiable CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1611.iso files.
  • PAYLOAD_PATH is addtional files you want to install after the system installation. After the system installation and auto reboot, bash will be execute automatically once.
  • VOLUMENAME_SHORT is for Volume ID and it only support as long as 16 chars.


Usage: ./ -d [DEST_DIR=./] -v [RELEASE_VERSION=v1.0.0] -s [PAYLOAD_PATH=/root/payload_test/] -7 [CENTOS7_EVERYTHING_ISO=/root/iso/CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1611.iso] -z [TIMEZONE=UTC]

And you will get a ISO file. The default username/password is root/root.

Notice that I enabled all the network interface DHCP in kickstart-post-script, so your network configuration in the Install Guide won't work.

Project Details


├── 83b61f9495b5f728989499479e928e09851199a8846ea37ce008a3eb79ad84a0-c7-minimal-x86_64-comps.xml
├── boot.template
│   └── develop
│       ├── EFI
│       │   └── BOOT
│       │       └── grub.cfg
│       └── isolinux
│           ├── isolinux.cfg
│           └── payload-develop.cfg
├── d918936f5019be3fb66e9981a28cb2a41477a2963d741d454f79377a22214f43-c7-x86_64-comps.xml
├── filelist
│   ├── centos_dvd_frame.list
│   └── minimal.list
└── rsync-3.1.2-5.fc26.x86_64.rpm
  • payload-develop.cfg, Kickstart files, including how to install automatically, the system language, network, root password, etc, A script which will executing after system installation and reboot is also included.
  • centos_dvd_frame.list , CentOS-7-1611 DVD frameware files.
  • minimal.list , RPM Package needed from Everything-DVD
  • , Diff 'installed RPM Package' between the current environment and Everything-DVD. This can be used to generate your_rpm_payload.list. Notice that there is difference between MBR as EFI.


├── CentOS_BuildTag
├── EFI
│   ├── BOOT
│   │   ├── BOOTX64.EFI
│   │   ├── fonts
│   │   │   ├── TRANS.TBL
│   │   │   └── unicode.pf2
│   │   ├── grub.cfg
│   │   ├── grubx64.efi
│   │   ├── MokManager.efi
│   │   └── TRANS.TBL
│   └── TRANS.TBL
├── EULA
├── GPL
├── images
│   ├── efiboot.img
│   ├── pxeboot
│   │   ├── initrd.img
│   │   ├── TRANS.TBL
│   │   └── vmlinuz
│   └── TRANS.TBL
├── isolinux
│   ├──
│   ├── boot.msg
│   ├── grub.conf
│   ├── initrd.img
│   ├── isolinux.bin
│   ├── isolinux.cfg
│   ├── memtest
│   ├── payload-develop.cfg
│   ├── splash.png
│   ├── TRANS.TBL
│   ├── vesamenu.c32
│   └── vmlinuz
├── LiveOS
│   ├── squashfs.img
│   └── TRANS.TBL
├── Packages
│   ├── *.rpm
│   ├──
│   ├── *
├── repodata
│   ├── *
│   ├── repomd.xml
│   └── TRANS.TBL
├── RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-7
├── RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-Testing-7

Destination platform root

├── anaconda-ks.cfg
├── initial-setup-ks.cfg
├── initstart_flag.log
├── initstart.log
├── kickstart-post.log
├── original-ks.cfg
│   ├──
│   └── *
├── payload_install.log
└── rpm_qa.list
  • anaconda-ks.cfg, The kickstart file for this installation at this time.
  • initial-setup-ks.cfg, The kickstart file for this installation at this time if you installed Desktop.
  • kickstart-post.log The log of the script in POST of kickstart.
  •, the script which will be executed after the system installation and reboot, including 'disable YUM source', 'install PAYLOAD', and remove itself from /etc/rc.d/rc.local
  • initstart_flag.log, the result of executing
  • initstart.log, the log of
  • payload_install.log, the log of PAYLOAD/
  • rpm_qa_develop.list, the result of 'rpm -qa' when the whole installation is finished.

Build your own ISO

Anything doesn't relate to the CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything ISO is supposed to be put in PAYLOAD and be installed by

For something relates to the ISO, you can install a new CentOS7 by yourself, and run to generate new rpm filelist, and upgrade kickstart.cfg and comps.xml by yourself. (Or just edit it in the Payload It's fine)

This project includes a comps.xml d918936f5019be3fb66e9981a28cb2a41477a2963d741d454f79377a22214f43-c7-x86_64-comps.xml, as same as CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1611. You should build your own comps.xml and kickstart.cfg for your project.

This project is just for helping developers who don't familiar how to buid a CentOS ISO. You should write Kickstart-file (payload-develop.cfg) for your own project purpose.

Other things

Idea about naming this 'make linux iso project' Kuroko

This one only works for centos7-1611. The year of 1611 is the year Galileo made naked-eye and telescopic studies of 'sunspots'. Sunspots is called '太阳黑子' in Chinese. '黑子' is also a part of name 'Shirai Kuroko'.

Idea about naming the directory Payload

I folk project to another team of my company ,and named it 'Payload'. This word means a container, and in game Overwatch, it means vehicle to be escorted. The main idea is this directory is used for containing 3rd-party code.

Butt weight, The word 'Payload' in Team Fortress 2 also means BOMB! Because after I read the code and the project of the other team, I thought those would be a BOMB, it would explode at anytime. "Bomb is friend! Come, visit friend!"



Any contributions are welcome. Pull request to branch dev please.


Makeiso-Kuroko is licensed under MIT License.

The default splash image is from "Toaru Kagaku no Railgun - Shirai Kuroko" by Krukmeister and it's licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

If you want to use this project for commercial purposes, you should remove or replace the default splash image.