2 Ways to Upgrade From Ubuntu 16.10 to Ubuntu 17.04 (Graphical & Terminal)

Ubuntu 17.04 is officially released. This tutorial shows 2 ways to upgrade from Ubuntu 16.10 to Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus: using the graphical update manager and using command line. If you want to upgrade Ubuntu 16.04 to 17.04, you need to first upgrade to Ubuntu 16.10.

Upgrade Ubuntu 16.10 to Ubuntu 17.04 with the Graphical Update Manager

First, fire up a terminal window and run the following command to upgrade existing software.

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

Please note that if a new kernel is installed, then you need to reboot Ubuntu 16.10 in order to upgrade. Then open Software & Updates from Unity Dash or your favorite application menu.

upgrade ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04

Select the Updates tab and then at the bottom of window, change notification settings from For long-term support version to For any new version.

upgrade ubuntu 17.04 from 16.10

Click the close button. You will be asked to enter your password to apply the above changes. Next, issue the following command in terminal.

update-manager -d

The -d option will make Ubuntu update manager check if a development release is available. You should be notified that software is up-to-date and Ubuntu 17.04 is now available. Click the Upgrade button.

upgrade ubuntu 17.04 desktop

Then enter your password. The Ubuntu 17.04 release notes window will appear. Click Upgrade.

upgrade to ubuntu 17.04 zesty zapus

Wait for the upgrade to finish. If you are notified that some third-party sources are disabled, accept it. You can re-enable them once the upgrade is finished.

ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04

Once the upgrade is complete, restart your computer. To check your Ubuntu version, run

lsb_release -a

Output:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu zesty zapus (development branch)
Release:	17.04
Codename:	zesty

Upgrade Ubuntu 16.10 to Ubuntu 17.04 Using Command Line

You can use command line to upgrade Ubuntu 16.10 desktop or a headless server. First, open up a terminal window and run the following command to upgrade existing software.

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

Then make sure you have update-manager-core package installed.

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core

Next, edit a configuration file using nano or your preferred command line text editor.

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

At the bottom of this file, change the value of Prompt from lts to normal.

Prompt=normal

Save and close the file. After that, run the following command to begin the upgrade process and follow the on-screen instructions.

do-release-upgrade -d

upgrade ubuntu 17.04 command line

Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your Ubuntu desktop or server. To check your Ubuntu version, run:

lsb_release -a

Output:

upgrade ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04 terminal

You also need to re-enable third-party repositories such as PPA because they are disabled during upgrade.

That’s it!

I hope this tutorial helped you upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 from Ubuntu 16.10. As always, if you found this post useful, then subscribe to our free newsletter or follow us on Google+, Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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