How to Upgrade From Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy To Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Last updated: January 28, 2014

Upgrade From Ubuntu 13.10 to Ubuntu 14.04

This simple tutorial shows how to upgrade your system from Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy to Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr for both Desktop and Server editions.

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty is scheduled to be released on April 17th. At the moment of writing this article, the alpha release is available to upgrade in Saucy’s updater for testing purpose.

Important: Production machines please wait until the Ubuntu 14.04 final is released. By then, we can follow below steps to upgrade our systems.

Before starting any upgrades, you need to:

  • Backup important files, documents, bookmarks and other data.
  • If you’ve manually installed proprietary drivers directly from the manufacturer’s website, then before upgrading I recommend removing these drivers first and reverting to the open-source drivers
  • Open Software & Updates utility from Unity Dash. Disable all third-party repositories under Other Software tab.

Desktop Upgrade:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to update your system:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Now start the updater via -d option:

sudo update-manager -d

The Software Updater will open and tell you your system is up to date and a new release Ubuntu 14.04 is available.

Click on the Upgrade button and confirm again in next window. Software Updater will fetch and install the files and prompt you to remove unnecessary applications.

Finally you’ll be asked to restart your computer to finish the upgrade. That’s it.

Upgrade Ubuntu Server:

NOTE: Please backup your configuration files if you’re running any services on Ubuntu server.

For Ubuntu Server edition, we need to install the update-manager-core first by executing the command below:

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core

Then edit the config file:

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

Make sure there’s a line that says “Prompt=normal” or “Prompt=lts”.

Start the upgrade process by:

sudo do-release-upgrade -d

Follow the on-screen prompts and you’re done!.


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8 responses to How to Upgrade From Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy To Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

  1. i am unable to download it. it says because it is a pre-release

  2. Works perfectly for me. Thank you very much for posting this!

  3. this all seemed to work ok, but when i look at computer settings
    it still indicated 13.10


  4. How can I upgrade from ubuntu 13.10 kylin to ubuntu 14.04 gnome?(I have slow internet connection,so i downloaded the new version of gnome & boot it with the help of usb .But i can n’t find upgrade option in intalling window,(i need to update a 80 mb file in sucy salamander,) what i do?

  5. i have updated 13.10 completely
    i just want to know how much mb (internet data ) is required to upgrade From Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy To Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr ?????????

    • > how much mb?

      It depends on which packages you have installed : I’m a software developer, so I have a lot of IDEs, and development libraries, and my upgrade download size is usually around 1.5GB. I suspect a large amount of this is kernel updates and LibreOffice anyway, so you’re probably looking at a minimum of about 700MB.

  6. Narayan Shanbhag July 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks! Sucessfully updated!