To get a basic, command line only, base packages install of Fedora, simply add “text” to the installer’s kernel line at boot.
This will then install around 200 base packages and give a small, clean, lean system. From here you can install whatever package or group you like to built it up to something you want.
See here for more options for Anaconda, the Fedora installer.
Update: Alternatively, select “
Customize now” during the standard installation process and un-tick everything (yes, ALL package groups even the Base group!). This will then also install the same 200 base packages for a minimal system, but has the added benefit of providing the graphical installer. Use the netinstaller to reduce your initial download.