How to Update Ubuntu in the Terminal


Ubuntu's developers release frequent updates for it. Like other Linux distributions, Ubuntu installs updates and new software from its software repositories, archives run by the developers that include a variety of software packages. Updates for Ubuntu packages include important security and stability fixes. You can install the updates from the graphical Update Manager tool or update Ubuntu using terminal commands.

  • Click the Ubuntu icon at the top-left corner of the screen, type "Terminal" into the search box that appears at the top of the screen and press "Enter".

  • Type "sudo apt-get update" into the terminal and press "Enter" to download information about available updates.

  • Type your password at the password prompt and press "Enter".

  • Type "sudo apt-get upgrade" into the terminal and press "Enter" to install available updates.

  • Type "Y" at the confirmation prompt and press "Enter". The prompt displays a list of software packages on your system that will be updated.

Tips & Warnings

  • Open a terminal window by clicking the "Applications" menu, clicking "Accessories" and clicking "Terminal" if you're using the older GNOME desktop environment.

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