How to Upgrade from Ubuntu 18.10 to Ubuntu 19.04

Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo has been announced with major changes and updates. The biggest one is it now uses the latest Linux kernel 5.0. There are other dozens of changes including the design of icons. However, Ubuntu 19.04 is still in beta stage and the stable one would be in April.

To know more about the added features and changes visit: Ubuntu Wiki page

Upgrade from Ubuntu 18.10 to Ubuntu 19.04 (Desktop or Server)

Using Command Terminal

  • Go to your Ubuntu 18.10 operating system.
  • Open the Command Terminal, the shortcut to trigger it is CTRL+ALT+T
  • Install the update manager core. On the Ubuntu 18.10 Desktop, it is already installed but for Server, you might need to be. The command to install is
  • sudo apt-get install update-manager-core
  • Now edit the Upgrade release file and set Prompt=normal, if it already then skip this step.
  • sudo nano /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades
  • After the above step and before upgrading the system we need to update all packages of Ubuntu 18.10 up to date.
  • sudo apt-get install update
  • Run the Ubuntu 18.10 to 19.04 upgrade command
  • sudo do-release-upgrade -d
  • Press the Y button to accept the upgrade process

command line to upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

Accept the upgradation process


The output of the release upgrade command:

[email protected]:~$ sudo do-release-upgrade -d
[sudo] password for h2s: 
Checking for a new Ubuntu release
Get:1 Upgrade tool signature [1,554 B] 
Get:2 Upgrade tool [1,217 kB] 
Fetched 1,219 kB in 6s (112 kB/s) 
authenticate 'disco.tar.gz' against 'disco.tar.gz.gpg' 
extracting 'disco.tar.gz'

Reading cache

Checking package manager
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree 
Reading state information... Done
Hit cosmic InRelease 
Hit cosmic-updates InRelease 
Hit cosmic-backports InRelease 
Hit cosmic-security InRelease 
Hit cosmic-proposed InRelease 
Fetched 0 B in 0s (0 B/s) 
Reading package lists... Done 
Building dependency tree 
Reading state information... Done

Updating repository information
Get:1 disco InRelease [256 kB] 
Get:2 disco-updates InRelease [66.2 kB] 
Get:3 disco-backports InRelease [66.2 kB] 
Get:4 disco-security InRelease [66.2 kB] 
Get:5 disco/main amd64 Packages [1,000 kB] 
Get:6 disco/main i386 Packages [985 kB] 
Get:7 disco/main Translation-en [510 kB] 
Get:8 disco/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [498 kB]
Get:9 disco/main DEP-11 48x48 Icons [103 kB] 
Get:10 disco/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons [189 kB] 
Get:11 disco/main amd64 c-n-f Metadata [29.9 kB]
Get:12 disco/restricted amd64 Packages [11.0 kB]
Get:13 disco/restricted i386 Packages [9,816 B]
Get:14 disco/restricted Translation-en [4,244 B]
Get:15 disco/restricted amd64 c-n-f Metadata [344 B]
Get:16 disco/universe i386 Packages [9,054 kB]
Get:17 disco/universe amd64 Packages [9,110 kB]
Get:18 disco/universe Translation-en [5,267 kB]
Get:19 disco/universe amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [3,534 kB]
Get:20 disco/universe DEP-11 48x48 Icons [2,761 kB]
Get:21 disco/universe DEP-11 64x64 Icons [8,376 kB]
Get:22 disco/universe amd64 c-n-f Metadata [278 kB]
Get:23 disco/multiverse amd64 Packages [161 kB]
Get:24 disco/multiverse i386 Packages [148 kB]
Get:25 disco/multiverse Translation-en [114 kB]
Get:26 disco/multiverse amd64 DEP-11 Metadata [51.3 kB]
Get:27 disco/multiverse DEP-11 48x48 Icons [10.8 kB]
Get:28 disco/multiverse DEP-11 64x64 Icons [228 kB]
Get:29 disco/multiverse amd64 c-n-f Metadata [9,408 B]
Fetched 42.9 MB in 6s (236 kB/s)

Checking package manager
Reading package lists... Done 
Building dependency tree 
Reading state information... Done
Calculating the changes
Calculating the changes
Do you want to start the upgrade?

5 packages are going to be removed. 108 new packages are going to be 
installed. 1055 packages are going to be upgraded.

You have to download a total of 622 M. This download will take about 
36 minutes with your connection.

Installing the upgrade can take several hours. Once the download has 
finished, the process cannot be canceled.

Continue [yN] Details [d]

To graphically upgrade the Ubuntu 18.10 Desktop to Ubuntu 19.04, follow these steps:

Step 1: Run Software updater application

All the Ubuntu Desktop Graphical systems already have the Software Updater program, so do the Ubuntu 18.10. Go to the Applications and search for a Software updater. When it appears, click on it to run.

software updater 18.10

 Step 2: Ubuntu Software Updater settings

When we open the Software Updater application, first it will check all the available updates for the system and show the same. However, before installing them click on the Settings option.

Settings to upgrade Ubuntu

Step 3: Select the New version option

Go to the Updates tab of the Software & Updates and click on the drop down box of “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version“.

Now from the drop down box select the “For any new version” option. It will ask for the system password provide  and then click Close button

upgrader 18.10 to 19.04

Authentication to upgrade ubuntu

reload update

Step 4: Update Ubuntu packages

After closing the Software Sources application you will automatically return to the Update Manager, where it checks the new software updates. In case not, then click the Check button to check for new updates manually. When the updates appear, click on the Install Now button.

Install now upgrade

Asking to restart the computer to finish the installation of updates, click on the Restart Now.

restart now

Now again open the Software and updates, this time while checking for updates, it will show the available Ubuntu 19.04 upgrade.

Click on the Upgrade button and follow the on-screen instructions.

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