2 Ways to Upgrade From Ubuntu 18.04 To 18.10 (GUI & Terminal)

Ubuntu 18.10, codenamed Cosmic Cuttlefish, was released on October 18, 2018. This tutorial will be showing you 2 ways to upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 to 18.10. The first method uses the graphical update manger and the second method uses command line. Usually you use the graphical update manager to upgrade Ubuntu desktop and use command line to upgrade Ubuntu server, but the command-line method works for desktops too.

Note that Ubuntu 18.04 is a long term support (LTS) release, which will be supported for 5 years. Ubuntu 18.10 is a non-LTS release, which means it will be supported for 9 months only, until July 2019. If you prefer stability over bleeding edge, then stick with Ubuntu 18.04. But if you are the other way around, you can follow this tutorial to upgrade from Ubuntu 18.04 to 18.10.

Upgrade Ubuntu 18.04 to 18.10 with the Graphical Update Manager

First of all, open software updater (aka update manager) from your application menu. It will update software package information. If there’s updates available, click the Install Now button and enter your password to install updates.

upgrade ubuntu 18.04 to ubuntu 18.10

If a new version of Linux kernel is installed, then the update manager will tell you to restart your computer. Click Restart Now.

upgrade from ubuntu 18.04 to ubuntu 18.10

Then open Software & Updates from your application menu.

update ubuntu 18.04 to ubuntu 18.10

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. You will be asked to enter your password for the change to take effect.

update ubuntu 18.04 to 18.10

Next, open up a terminal window and issue the following command in terminal.


After checking for updates, the update manager will tell you that Ubuntu 18.10 is now available. Click the Upgrade button.

upgrade ubuntu 18.04 to 18.10 desktop

Then enter your password.

ubuntu 18.04 lts to ubuntu 18.10

The release notes window appears. Click Upgrade.

ubuntu 18.10 release notes

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

upgrade to ubuntu 18.10 cosmic cuttlefish

During this process, you might be told some packages are no longer supported by Canonical and some packages will be removed. You can click details to see what packages is going to be removed. Once you are ready, click the Start Upgrade button.

ubuntu 18.10 cosmic cuttlefish

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

lsb_release -a


No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 18.10
Release:	18.10
Codename:	cosmic

Upgrade From Ubuntu 18.04 to Ubuntu 18.10 Using Command Line

You can use command line to upgrade Ubuntu desktop or a headless server. If you use SSH to log into your Ubuntu server, it’s a good idea to keep your OpenSSH session alive by adding the following line in /etc/ssh/sshd_configfile on your server.

ClientAliveInterval 60

Save and close the file. Then restart SSH daemon.

sudo systemctl restart ssh

To upgrade to Ubuntu 18.10, first run the following command to update existing software packages.

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

Please note that if a new kernel is installed while running the above command, you need to reboot system in order to continue the upgrade process.

upgrade ubuntu 18.04 to 18.10

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

sudo apt install update-manager-core

Next, edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades file.

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

Change the value of prompt from lts to normal.

upgrade ubuntu 18.04 to 18.10 command line

To save a file in Nano text editor, press Ctrl+O, then press Enter to confirm. To exit, press Ctrl+X. After that, run the following command to begin the upgrade process.


Then follow the on-screen instruction to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.10. Once the upgrade is finished, reboot your Ubuntu desktop or server. To check your Ubuntu version, run:

lsb_release -a


No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 18.10
Release:	18.10
Codename:       cosmic

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 18.10 from Ubuntu 18.04.  Take care!

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2 Responses to “2 Ways to Upgrade From Ubuntu 18.04 To 18.10 (GUI & Terminal)

  • Mary Breden
    4 years ago

    I got a segmentation fault when running the command “do-release-upgrade” – it occured right after it began “reading cache”.

    I found a posting on askubuntu.com that listed the command as “do-release-upgrade -d” and that seems to be working.

  • linuxdood
    4 years ago

    Thanks linuxbabe!

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