CompTIA Linux+


CompTIA Linux+ validates the competencies required of an early career systems administrator supporting Linux systems.

See if Linux+ is right for you
Thinking about a career in Linux?
CompTIA Linux+ proves you have the skills administrators need to secure the enterprise, power the cloud and keep systems running

Differentiate Yourself With Linux+

The Only Job-Focused Linux Certification
Covers the latest foundational skills demanded by hiring managers.

Gain Hands-On Linux Skills
Performance-based and multiple choice questions prove you can think on your feet.

Build Foundational Knowledge
Learn all major distributions of Linux, setting the foundation for vendor/distro-specific knowledge.

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The New CompTIA Linux+ XK0-005 is Available Now!

The new certification ensures that IT professionals, software developers, cybersecurity engineers and penetration testers have these necessary skills to support today’s tech systems.

CompTIA Linux+ proves you have the skills required to support today’s tech systems

What Skills Will You Learn?

System Management

Configure and manage software, storage, processes and services


Understand best practices for permissions and authentication, firewalls, and file management

Scripting, Containers and Automation

Create simple shell scripts and execute basic BASH scripts, version control using Git and orchestration processes


Analyze system properties and processes and troubleshoot user, application and hardware issues

Prove you have the skills required to support today’s tech systems

Exam Details

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How Does CompTIA Linux+ Compare?

 Linux+ LogoLPIC-1 from LPA Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA)Linux Foundations LFCS
Performance-based Questions
YesNoOnly tests tools, does not cover knowledge of broader topicsOnly tests tools, does not cover knowledge of broader topics
Exam Length1 exam with a maximum of 90 questions, 90 minutes2 exams10-15 hands-on assignments; 2 1⁄2 hours 2 hours
Experience Level12 months as a junior Linux engineer Early career High-level Red Hat sys admin experience. Very hard to pass without significant hands-on experience and is recommended for advanced Linux professionalsLinux system administrators early in their career
Exam FocusFocuses on the latest technology and trends for IT professionals in an enterprise environment, covers all major distributions of Linux and recognized in job adsDoes not focus on working in an enterprise environment, therefore not all items are relevant or up-to-date for IT professionals Covers only Red Hat systems, as a 100% performance-based exam, it is difficult to study forLimited to Ubuntu/CentOS, content is all task-based
Pre-requisitesRecommended CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and 12 months as a junior Linux engineerNoneRecommended Red Hat sys admin experience; though not a pre-requisite, Linux+ makes an excellent “ramp-up” to this certificationNone


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Certification Renewal

Keep your certification up to date with CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program. It’s designed to be a continued validation of your expertise and a tool to expand your skill set. It’s also the ace up your sleeve when you’re ready to take the next step in your career.

Get the most out of your certification
Information technology is an incredibly dynamic field, creating new opportunities and challenges every day. Participating in our Continuing Education program will enable you to stay current with new and evolving technologies and remain a sought-after IT and security expert.

The CompTIA Continuing Education program
Your CompTIA Linux+ certification is good for three years from the date of your exam. The CE program allows you to extend your certification in three-year intervals through activities and training that relate to the content of your certification.

It’s easy to renew
You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA Linux+ certification. Collect at least 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years and upload them to your certification account, and your CompTIA Linux+ certification will automatically renew.

Want more details? Learn more about the CompTIA Continuing Education program.

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