How to install GCC/G++ 8 on CentOS

Permanently adding DTS to your development environment

After installing the devtoolset:

yum install devtoolset-8-gcc devtoolset-8-gcc-c++

You can also use the following command, to make DTS the default:

source scl_source enable devtoolset-8

The benefit of this command is that it can be added to .bashrc, so that you don't have to run the scl command every time you login:

scl enable devtoolset-8 -- bash

CentOS 8 already comes with GCC 8.

On CentOS 7, you can install GCC 8 from Developer Toolset. First you need to enable the Software Collections repository:

yum install centos-release-scl

Then you can install GCC 8 and its C++ compiler:

yum install devtoolset-8-gcc devtoolset-8-gcc-c++

To switch to a shell which defaults gcc and g++ to this GCC version, use:

scl enable devtoolset-8 -- bash

You need to wrap all commands under the scl call, so that the process environment changes performed by this command affect all subshells. For example, you could use the scl command to invoke a shell script that performs the required actions.