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How to upgrade ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04 LTS using terminal


Even though Ubuntu recommends upgrading a Server Edition installation with the do-release-upgrade command, part of the update-manager-core package doesn’t have any graphical dependencies. And it is installed by default even.
In this tutorial, I am going to help you to use the recommended upgrade method for Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS.

Main steps of the upgrade Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04

If you are upgrading on a server system,

  1. First, log into the Ubuntu box
  2. Then patch the current system by running sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
  3. Make sure either the UFW firewall is temporarily disabled or TCP port 1022 is open after reboot
  4. Then run sudo do-release-upgrade to upgrade
  5. After that follow on-screen instructions to complete the upgrade

Now let’s clarify each step further.

How to upgrade from Ubuntu Linux 16.04 to 18.04

To upgrade the existing system, type the apt command or apt-get command:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade

If the kernel is updated, reboot the Linux box

$ sudo reboot

If you are having a ufw firewall running on ufw, then open ssh port 1022 via the following ufw syntax:

$ sudo ufw allow 1022/tcp comment 'Temp open port ssh tcp port 1022 for upgrade'


How to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS using do-release-upgrade

Type the following command to upgrade the operating system to the latest from the command line:

$ sudo do-release-upgrade

Then follow on-screen instructions. During the process, you will be asked to replace the existing grub or ssh config file. In order to avoid problems, you have to select keep the existing version.

A few moments later you will see a message telling you the “System upgrade is complete”. Then press y to restart your system in order to load updates kernel and operating system for your cloud server.


First login using the ssh command:

$ ssh user@your-ubuntu-server

Then verify Ubuntu Linux kernel version with uname:

$ uname -r

Don’t forget to check whether all needed ports are open and running with the ss command or netstat command:

$ sudo ss -tulpn
$ sudo netstat -tulpn

You can use grep command/egrep command or tail command/cat command to verify log files for any errors:

$ dmesg
$ tail -f /path/to/log/files
$ egrep -i 'err|cri' /var/log/nginx/error.log

Remove tcp port 1022 added Ubuntu VM via ufw

Finally, run the below command:

$ sudo ufw delete allow 1022/tcp

Well done! You have successfully upgraded Ubuntu Linux v16.04 LTS to v18.04 LTS on the cloud server.

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