Fedora 31 is a much-needed update and if you haven’t got a chance to checkout its features, you can know from this link. As usual, you can install Fedora 31 as a fresh installation or upgrade from a previous Fedora release.
In this guide, you will have an in-depth look at upgrading your current Fedora version to the new Fedora 31 release. You will be exposed to two upgrading methods in which you can choose the best one that suits your needs.
Upgrading to Fedora 31
Fedora 31 upgrading methods:
- Command line method via Terminal
- Graphical user interface(GUI) method via Fedora Update
Note: It’s highly recommended to take a full backup from your system before performing the upgrade process.
Method 1: Fedora 31 upgrade using the command line
Please be cautious while using the terminal and follow the instructions carefully.
Step 1. First things first, in case you need to check your current Fedora version, use one of the following commands.
Use the lsb_release command to get your Fedora release:
Or you can display the content of the os-release file as following:
As you can notice, the current Fedora release is 30.
Step 2. To upgrade to Fedora 31, you need first to update the current Fedora system with the latest packages. So use the following two commands to update your current Fedora.
sudo dnf update sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
Step 3. Now let’s install the DNF upgrade plugin:
sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade
Step 4. After you have updated the current Fedora and installed the DNF upgrade plugin, let’s begin our upgrade process where we shall download Fedora 31 and start the upgrade process.
sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=31
Confirm downloading Fedora 31.
During the upgrade process, you may be asked to import the GPG signature key from the previous Fedora version to the new Fedora 31.
If everything is working fine, you will find the GPG signature key imported successfully.
As you can see, the Fedora 31 was downloaded successfully. Now you move on to the next step.
Step 5. Next, let’s upgrade your system using the reboot command.
sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot
Now your system will restart, and the upgrade process will start. You can get your coffee now cause it will take some time.
Just check the upgrade of your system from time to time.
Step 6. When your system starts up, you can check the current Fedora version to make sure that it has been upgraded successfully.
And finally, as shown in the above screenshot, your system upgraded to Fedora 31.
Method 2: GUI way
If command-line way is not your cup of tea, the GUI way is a good choice as well. We shall use GNOME’s software manager.
Step 1. First, you need to check your current Fedora release. From the top left of your desktop, open the Activities tab.
Step 2. In the search bar, search for the Settings app and open it.
Step 3. When the Settings app opens, select the About option from the left panel.
Step 4. In the right panel, you will see the current Fedora version.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the current Fedora version is 30. Click “Check for updates” button to upgrade to Fedora 31. If this is not working, you can instead check for updates from the Software package as in the next step.
Step 5. From the Activities tab, open the Software package.
Step 6. Select the Updates tab to check for updates.
Step 7. As you will see, you will get a message that Fedora 31 is available now.
Step 8. Press the Download button, and watch for the download bar progress.
When the download completes successfully the Gnome software will restart your system to apply the changes. It will take some time, so take a break until the upgrade process completes successfully.
Step 9. When your system starts up, you can check its version.
That’s about upgrading to Fedora 31. I hope you enjoy the new version.