Anaconda Kickstart Documentation

Authors:Brian C. Lane <>

Anaconda uses kickstart to automate installation and as a data store for the user interface. It also extends the kickstart commands documented here by adding a new kickstart section named %anaconda where commands to control the behavior of Anaconda will be defined.


program: pwpolicy <name> [--minlen=LENGTH] [--minquality=QUALITY] [--strict|notstrict] [--emptyok|notempty] [--changesok|nochanges]

Set the policy to use for the named password entry.

Name of the password entry, currently supported values are: root, user and luks
--minlen (8)
Minimum password length. This is passed on to libpwquality.
--minquality (50)
Minimum libpwquality to consider good. When using –strict it will not allow passwords with a quality lower than this.
--strict (DEFAULT)
Strict password enforcement. Passwords not meeting the –minquality level will not be allowed.
Passwords not meeting the –minquality level will be allowed after Done is clicked twice.
--emptyok (DEFAULT)
Allow empty password.
Don’t allow an empty password
Allow UI to be used to change the password/user when it has already been set in the kickstart.
--nochanges (DEFAULT)
Do not allow UI to be used to change the password/user if it has been set in the kickstart.

The defaults for these are set in the /usr/share/anaconda/interactive-defaults.ks file provided by Anaconda. If a product, such as Fedora Workstation, wishes to override them then a product.img needs to be created with a new version of the file included.

When using a kickstart the defaults can be overridded by placing a %anaconda section into the kickstart, like this:

pwpolicy root --minlen=10 --minquality=60 --strict --notempty --nochanges


The commit message for pwpolicy included some incorrect examples.