This post shows students and new users the steps to update Ubuntu Linux so that they get the latest security and feature updates and keep their system running smoothly and safely. When you update Ubuntu, you will get the latest security fixes and enhancements, which will help keep your device running efficiently and staying protected.

There are two main ways to update Ubuntu: an application called Software Updater and the command line tool called SUITABLE. Software Updater actually uses the same command line APT tool, but it is easier to use for new users and students.

Ubuntu updates installed packages and software through the Ubuntu repositories. If the packages were installed by other means, they will not be updated with Ubuntu through the standard Ubuntu update process. However, some third-party applications will provide means to update your software on Ubuntu.

Similar to other operating systems, only administrators and members of the sudoers file can update the system. If you are not an administrator, you will need to request those rights to update Ubuntu.

To start updating Ubuntu Linux, follow the steps below:

How to update Ubuntu from the desktop

Most students and new users may want to use the desktop version of Ubuntu. It’s easier to use and manage Ubuntu from there. Instead, advanced users can use Ubuntu exclusively from the command line terminal.

To update Ubuntu from the desktop, click click “Show apps”At the bottom left or press the Super key (TO WIN) on your keyboard.

When the list of applications appears, scroll until you find the Software Updater app.

Alternatively, you can use the search box and search for “Software Updater

When the Software Updater application opens, it will first check for available updates and then show you a list of the ones that are ready to be updated. Click on Update details to see the lists of applications to be updated.

When you’re ready, click the Install Now to start updating the system.

You will be prompted for your password as authentication is required for this process. Write it down and press Enter.

Once the authentication is accepted, the Software Updater should begin to install the latest updates for your machine.

Depending on your machine, this may take some time to complete.

How to update Ubuntu from command line terminal

For advanced users and those who want to use the command line to update Ubuntu Linux, the steps below should be helpful.

Ubuntu comes with a command line terminal. You can open by going to the “Show apps”As shown above. Then scroll to and select Terminal.

Alternatively, you can use the search box and search for “Terminal,” then select to open.

Once open, run the following commands to check for updates. After APT checks all your repositories, it will tell you how many package updates are available.

sudo apt update

After checking for updates, you can start updating packages and software by running the following commands:

sudo apt upgrade

You will get a list of all available packages that are ready to be updated followed by a message to confirm if you want to continue applying the updates. Writes AND and press Enter to confirm or use North cancel.

After that, all available updates need to be downloaded and installed.


In this tutorial we have seen how to update Ubuntu Linux. If you find any errors above, please use the comment form below to report.

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