How to Upgrade From Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS


Built on Debian, Ubuntu is a Linux distribution primarily using free and open-source software. Officially, Ubuntu is available in three editions: Desktop, Server, and Core for robotics and Internet of Things devices. Every version may be used on the computer by itself or in a virtual machine. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (“Jammy Jellyfish”) is currently available for download. If you’re using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa), and want to upgrade to 22.04 LTS, you’re in the right place.

Using the command line and GUI options, this guide describes how to properly perform the upgrade. Here is a similar guide: How To Install Google Cloud SDK on a Linux System and How to install Golang on a Linux System also How to install and configure JIRA on Linux and How to use color filters in Windows again, How to install Sysinternals from the Microsoft Store also How to install Gradle on Ubuntu

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Prerequisites to Upgrade From Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Below are the prerequisites for upgrading Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS

  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  • A computer with root privileges
  • Terminal

The CLI method of Upgrade From Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS

Before switching from Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) to Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish), completely back up your data. Furthermore, check for default behavior for the release upgrader by using the cat/more or less command:

less /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

Make sure the prompt is set to LTS, as shown below:

# Default behavior for the release upgrader.

# Default prompting and upgrade behavior, valid options:
#  never - Never check for, or allow upgrading to, a new release.
#  normal - Check to see if a new release is available.  If more than one new
#           release is found, the release upgrader will attempt to upgrade to
#           the supported release that immediately succeeds the
#           currently-running release.
#  lts    - Check to see if a new LTS release is available.  The upgrader
#           will attempt to upgrade to the first LTS release available after
#           the currently-running one.  Note that if this option is used and
#           the currently-running release is not itself an LTS release the
#           upgrader will assume prompt was meant to be normal.
/etc/update-manager/release-upgrades (END)

Step 1: Update your system

To upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS, you must first update your system.

Start the terminal program. Then, use the ssh command to connect to a remote server. To begin, locate all packages that are on hold and use the following command: apt-mark

sudo apt-mark showhold
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If the output is empty, there are no packages that have been kept back, and you can continue without risk. Otherwise, you must use the apt-mark command to release a hold on packages. Unhold the packets, for example, as seen below (replace pkg1 pkg2 with actual names)

sudo apt-mark unhold pkg1 pkg2

Using the apt command, update & upgrade your present system:

apt update
apt upgrade

You should note that apt update refreshes the apt repository, while apt upgrade applies those updates.

reboot since you’ve installed a new kernel through the upgrade.

sudo apt reboot

Step 2 – Write down the name of the current Linux distribution and kernel version.

The next step in upgrading Ubuntu 20.04 LTS TO 22.04 LTS is indicating the Linux distribution and kernel version.

You can do this with the commands below:

uname -mrs
lsb_release -a
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Step 3 – Open TCP port 1022

Using the ufw command, open an extra ssh port at port 1022. especially if you are working with a virtual machine and sshing into it

sudo ufw allow 1022/tcp comment 'As a failsafe upgrading option, open port ssh tcp port 1022.'

verify this by running the command below

sufo ufw status
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Step 4: Using the command line, change to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

sudo do-release-upgrade -d

This might take some time, but when completed, it might look like what you see below

How to upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS-upgrade

upgrade arrived by accident. I tried to restart my computer because it was frozen and discovered it was completed without a GUI. So next, we will install a GUI on it with the command

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

let’s confirm the installation of Ubuntu 22.04 with the command:

uname -mrs
lsb_release -a
ubuntu 22 installed

Step 5: Enable 3rd party repos/mirrors

Ensure you enable third-party mirrors and repo now that you’ve completed the upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS. However, you won’t receive updates if you don’t. As an example, use the cd command:

cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d
ls -l

Finally, let’s clean unwanted leftovers with the command below:

sudo apt autoremove --purge

This even gets interesting and easier using the GUI by typing the command below in your terminal

sudo update-manager -c -d

GUI method of Upgrade From Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS


The CLI method helped us upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS, assuming we intend to upgrade from 22.04 LTS to 22.10 LTS. Thus, as indicated by the red arrow above, we just need to hit the upgrade button from the upgrade icon on the software updater software in your machine.

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As you can see, the upgrade is still being tested, and I do a lot of work with my machine, so I would not want to take that risk. But if you were upgrading from 20.04 to 22.04, it would be the same process. In the screenshot above, you can get the latest release once you hit upgrade. GUI seems easier. Let us know in the comment section which method works best for you.


Overall, you’ve learned about CLI ways for upgrading from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS and briefly saw how to use the software updater for the GUI method.

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