Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 21.04 using Terminal or GUI

Although there is no need to upgrade your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (focal fossa) to 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) if you want a Long term supported version for your applications, however those who want to try out the latest changes can go for it. By following the steps given in this article.

Well, for those who don’t know about their Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Desktop- it is a long-term support release that will receive regular updates for 5 years whereas the latest Ubuntu 21.04 only for 9 months. It is because this non-LTS release is meant to receive the latest updates & package versions, hence if you would like to experience them then opt for it.

How to Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 21.04 using Terminal

Here are the commands that we can use to upgrade our existing Ubuntu OS using Terminal.

1. Run system update & Upgrade

Before moving further, we have to make sure that our existing packages and applications are up to date. Hence, first, run the below-given commands:

sudo apt update 
sudo apt dist-upgrade


2. Change LTS to normal

Edit release-upgrades configuration file using the below-given command.

sudo nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

After that change the Prompt value from LTS to Normal.

Prompt = normal

Save the file by pressing Ctrl+O and then exit the same with Ctrl+X.

Change release upgrade from LTS to normal


3. Upgrade 20.04 to 21.04

Now, run the final system update command that will upgrade your system:

sudo do-release-upgrade

Command terminal Ubuntu 20.04 to 21.04 Upgrade focal fossa to Hisute


How to Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to 21.04 using GUI

Those who don’t want to go through the command line can use the graphical user interface to upgrade their system.

1. Go to Application launcher and search for Software Update.

Software Update Ubuntu

2. Let the system run the system update.

Checking for Updates

3. Now, click on the “Settings“.

Partial Upgrade

4. Under Updates Tab, select “For any new version” from the drop-down box given for “Notify me of new Ubuntu version” and close the Settings Window.

GUI to Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 21.04

5. Now, click on the “Partial Upgrade” button.

Set new version to install

6. After that to start the Partial upgrade process, click on the “Start Upgrade” button.

Start Upgrading

7. Once the partial upgrade of Ubuntu 20.04 is completed, hit the “Restart Now” button

Restart your system

8. When the system restarted completely, again open the “Software Update” application as we did above but this time you will get a notification to update Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 21.04. Hence, just press the “Upgrade” button and let the system perform the rest of the task.

Ubuntu 21.04 is available for Ubuntu 20.04


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