How to Upgrade Fedora Linux to Latest Version

Upgrading Fedora 35 to Fedora 36: A Full Step-by-Step Guide

Upgrading Fedora’s version is quick and easy. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to upgrade to Fedora 36 from Fedora 35!

Fedora brings two major stable releases every year. You can easily upgrade to the latest desktop or server edition using an older version.

You benefit from getting the newest software, including new security patches and upgraded technology that comes with a new release, without resorting to reinstalling and reconfiguring your system.

There are two ways to upgrade to a new Fedora version, graphically or using the command line, and I will show you both ways here.

This article was initially written for upgrading from Fedora 35 to Fedora 36, but the steps for upgrading the Fedora version remain the same for any release.

Backing Up Your System

Above all, safety first! Before attempting a major upgrade on any system, you should ensure you won’t lose data if the upgrade goes wrong.

So before doing anything else, do full system backup or backup at least your important data.

Upgrading from Fedora 35 to Fedora 36 Using GUI

Upgrades are immediately available from the previous version whenever a new version of Fedora is released. This method involves upgrading using the graphical Software Center.

Open the Software application, hit the “Refresh” button, and go to the “Updates” pane. You will see a notification that says, “Fedora Linux 36 Available”. Click the “Download” button to download Fedora 36 packages.

Fedora Upgrade via the Software App

When you hit the “Download” button, all the files required for the upgrade will be automatically downloaded. However, the download will take some time, depending on your internet speed.

Downloading Fedora 36 Upgrades

Click on the “Restart & Upgrade” button to start the upgrade process to Fedora 36.

Restart and Starting the Fedora 36 Upgrade Process

A popup window will appear and prompt you to enter the password for your user. Enter your password and confirm with the “Authenticate” button.

User Authentication

A new popup window will appear, and you’ll be asked to restart your system. Just click on the “Restart & Install” button.

Restart and Start Fedora 36 Upgrade Process

The system will now restart to apply the downloaded system upgrades, as shown below. Please be patient.

Fedora 36 Upgrade

Once the upgrade process completes, your system will boot into the newer Fedora 36 version.

Fedora 36 Upgrade Process Completed Successfully

Upgrading from Fedora 35 to Fedora 36 Using Command Line

Update Software

Ensuring you have the latest packages for all currently installed software is vital. Enter the following command in a terminal:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
Updating Fedora Packages

Install the DNF Plugin

dnf-plugin-system-upgrade is a plugin for the DNF package manager and is used to upgrade your system to the current release of Fedora. 

Open a terminal and type the following command to install the plugin:

sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade

Download the Updated Packages

Now, begin downloading the update for Fedora 36 and upgrade progress by using the command:

sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=36

Change the --releasever= number if you want to upgrade to a different release. Most people will want to upgrade to the latest stable release, Fedora 36.

You must manually approve the proposed modifications in the next three steps by typing “Y” and then confirming by pressing “Enter.”

Fedora 36 Upgrade
Fedora 36 Upgrade
Fedora 36 Upgrade

After downloading all of the packages required to upgrade the system from Fedora 35 to Fedora 36, you will see the below screen.

Fedora 36 Upgrade

It should be noted that the current Fedora 35 system has not yet been upgraded. Therefore, the actual upgrade and migration to Fedora 36 will begin in the following step.

Start Fedora Upgrade Process

Once you finish downloading the new version, run the following command to reboot your system and get into upgrade action:

sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot

Once the system reboots, it will automatically start the upgrade. Upgrading the system will take time, so you can now relax and let it finish.

Fedora Upgrading

Once it finishes, your system will reboot, and you’ll be able to log in to your newly upgraded Fedora 36 system.

Fedora 36 Successfully Upgraded

Conclusion

This guide shows how to upgrade Fedora 35 to Fedora 36 using GUI and the command line. Now you can enjoy the latest packages and hardware support provided by the latest Fedora release.

For additional help or useful information, we recommend checking the official Fedora upgrade documentation.

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