Activate your subscription and connect to Red Hat Network

Don't get left with outdated, unsupported technology. It's important to activate your Enterprise Linux subscription and connect to Red Hat Network so that you keep your systems secure, supported, compliant and up-to-date.

The steps to activate your subscription vary slightly depending on where you purchased your Enterprise Linux subscription. If you acquired Enterprise Linux from:

  • a valued Red Hat reseller or OEM partner, you can activate your subscription via our website.
  • or directly from Red Hat in North America,your subscription was activated for you, but you will want to connect your system to Red Hat Network.

For detailed instructions on how to activate your subscription and connect your system to Red Hat Network, please see the installation guide specific to the version you're installing or contact customer service.

Enterprise Linux v4 customers:

You can use the Graphical Installation Program User Interface to activate your subscription and connect to Red Hat Network. Simply follow the prompts during installation.

By activating your subscription, you will receive the following subscriber benefits:


  • Highly-trained technicians address issues quickly and completely
  • Extensive online Knowledge Base accessible from any system
  • Deploying new technology or planning infrastructure changes? Red Hat experts can help.


  • Receive automated system update alerts
  • Apply latest security patches, tested and authenticated by Red Hat
  • Enable secure connection policies for remote administration


  • Reduce cost by eliminating time-consuming, redundant maintenance tasks
  • Manage multiple systems, whether you have five or 5,000
  • Easy to schedule and automate—push updates when you are ready


  • Fully tested by Red Hat engineering
  • Receive technology certified by Red Hat hardware and software partners
  • Early access to beta releases, plus software from Red Hat partners and the open source community

For questions about renewing your subscription, call 1-888-REDHAT1 ext. 45321 (or from outside the United States call +1-919-754-3700) to speak to a Red Hat representative.