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Upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 in Command Line

Upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 in Command Line

Ubuntu 20.04 is the latest version of the Ubuntu stable release. If you have an Ubuntu 18.04 Server/Desktop, now it’s time to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04.

Upgrading Ubuntu is a two-step process. First, we would upgrade all installed packages to their most recent version using the apt dist-upgrade command. Next, we will run the do-release-upgrade command to Upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 LTS.

Let’s see how to do it in the command-line interface

Note that upgrading Ubuntu via remote access (SSH) is not advised. Use direct access whenever possible or the virtual machine console if you are updating an Ubuntu Virtual machine.

We begin by obtaining an updated list of packages from the Ubuntu repository:

sudo apt update

Next, upgrade all packages to the latest version using the dist-upgrade command:

sudo apt dist-upgrade

Reboot Ubuntu after updating packages:

sudo systemctl reboot

After the reboot, run the do-release-upgrade command to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:

sudo do-release-upgrade

The update process can take several hours and should not be interrupted during that time.

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apt dist-upgrade

This is the recommended way to upgrade Ubuntu from the command-line. After the upgrade, run the lsb_release -a command to check the ubuntu version.

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Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04