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How to upgrade to Fedora 32

Fedora 32 has been released, and with it comes a slew of new improvements and features to the Fedora operating system, such as a re-designed lock screen, Gnome 3.36, EarlyOOM (an app that helps with heavy SWAP usage), and much more. In this guide, we’ll show you how to upgrade your existing Fedora Linux system to Fedora 32!

Note: Upgrading to Fedora 32 is an easy process, thanks to the developers. That said, accidents can happen. Before attempting to update your Fedora PC to version 32, we highly recommend doing a system backup.

Updating Fedora 31

Before you can upgrade to Fedora 32, you need to install all pending software updates for Fedora 31. To install all software updates, start by pressing the Win button on the keyboard or by clicking on the “Activities” menu.

Inside of the “Activities” menu, type in “Gnome Software,” and click on the shopping bag icon. The shopping bag is the Gnome app store, and the easiest way to install software updates on Fedora Linux. Once inside of the Gnome Software app, find the “Updates” tab, and click on it with the mouse. Selecting “Updates” will take you to the software updater for Fedora.

In the “Updates” area of Gnome Software, locate the blue download button, and click on it. By selecting this button, Gnome Software will start to download all of the software updates available for Fedora 31. Keep in mind that the download process is going to take some time, especially if you have a slow internet connection. Be patient!

When the updates for Fedora 31 are done downloading, the operating system will install them. Again, be patient while everything is installed. Your PC may restart during the update process!

Update via terminal

Updating is primarily done through the Gnome Software app on Fedora. However, it is also possible to install pending upgrades on Fedora Linux via the terminal too. Here’s how to do it.

First, open up a terminal window on the desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T. Once the terminal window is open, use the dnf refresh command to refresh all software repositories on the system.

sudo dnf refresh

Once everything is refreshed, run the dnf update command to update your system and install any pending patches and upgrades for Fedora 31. Remember, updating Fedora can sometimes take a while, especially if you have a slow internet connection. Sit back, be patient, and allow the OS to update.

When the terminal allows you to type into the prompt again, your system will be up to date! Reboot your PC and log in to continue the upgrade process.

Upgrading to Fedora 32

Upgrading to Fedora 32 is done in the Gnome Software app, much like installing software upgrades. To start the upgrade process, open up Gnome Software by searching for it in the “Activities” menu. Then, once the app is open, click on the “Updates” tab.

Inside of the “Updates” tab, there’s a banner that says “Fedora 32 Now Available.” Click on the “Download” button underneath it to start the Fedora 32 download process.

Once the “Download” button is clicked, Fedora 32 will start to download on your computer. Sit back, and be patient. The download process will take some time. When the process is complete, click on the “Restart & Install Upgrade” button to install the upgrade to your Fedora Linux PC.

During the upgrade process, you’ll see a progress bar on the screen. This bar will be present for quite a while, as Fedora tends to take a bit time to upgrade. When the logo is completely filled, the PC will reboot, and your upgrade will be complete.

Upgrade with the command-line

Not a fan of the GUI and want to upgrade to Fedora 32? Here’s how to do it. First, open up a terminal window on the Fedora desktop. Once the terminal is open, use the dnf install command to install the Fedora upgrader tool.

sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade -y

Once the Fedora upgrade tool is installed, use the system-upgrade download command below to set the upgrade version to “32”.

sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=32

After entering the system-upgrade download command, the upgrade tool will begin downloading Fedora 32 to your PC. This process will take some time, so be patient.

When the upgrader tool is done downloading Fedora 32 to your PC, use the system-upgrade reboot command to restart Fedora.

sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot

Upon rebooting Fedora Linux, you will see a progress bar. The bar will slowly fill up. Though be patient, as upgrading Fedora takes a bit to do. Be patient and wait for the upgrade to complete. When the process is done, the upgrade will be complete.

Get a fresh install of Fedora 32

Don’t want to upgrade an existing Linux PC to Fedora 32 but still want to take it for a spin? Download the Fedora 32 ISO and install it fresh. To get your hands on the latest Fedora 32, head over to FedoraProject.org, and click on the download button next to “Workstation.”

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