How To Update Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

If you are looking to upgrade your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, visit the step by step guide to upgrading from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Though Ubuntu 20.04 was released recently, there should be some updates waiting for your system as Canonical very often releases updates for its operating systems.

In most cases, right after the installation of Ubuntu, you will see updates waiting for the installation.

READ: How To Install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (BIOS / UEFI)

READ: How To Install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Alongside With Windows 10

This guide helps you how to update the Ubuntu system to have the updated OS and Application packages to keep the system secure.


Before performing the update, consider taking a backup of important files to secure location with Timeshift.

Update Ubuntu 20.04

You can update Ubuntu with graphical mode or command line mode.

Graphical Mode

This mode is suitable for those who are new to Ubuntu.

Open up the Software Updater from Activities.

Open Software Updater
Open Software Updater

Software updater will now fetch the details of available updates.

Checking For Updates
Checking For Updates

Click on Install Now to begin installing updates.

Install Updates
Install Updates

Wait for some time to get the update complete. The update time depends on internet speed and system configuration.

Installing Updates
Installing Updates

Click Restart Now to reboot the system.

Reboot System
Reboot System

After the reboot, check again for the update to see if any updates are still pending to install.

System Up to date
System Up to date

Command Line

Update the repository index.

sudo apt update

First, let’s look at what are the updates available for your system.

sudo apt list --upgradable


The following updates are available for my system.

Listing... Done
apt-utils/focal-updates,focal-security 2.0.2ubuntu0.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.0.2]
apt/focal-updates,focal-security 2.0.2ubuntu0.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.0.2]
cups-bsd/focal-updates,focal-security 2.3.1-9ubuntu1.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.3.1-9ubuntu1]
cups-client/focal-updates,focal-security 2.3.1-9ubuntu1.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.3.1-9ubuntu1]
cups-common/focal-updates,focal-updates,focal-security,focal-security 2.3.1-9ubuntu1.1 all [upgradable from: 2.3.1-9ubuntu1]
cups-core-drivers/focal-updates,focal-security 2.3.1-9ubuntu1.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.3.1-9ubuntu1]
cups-daemon/focal-updates,focal-security 2.3.1-9ubuntu1.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.3.1-9ubuntu1]
cups-ipp-utils/focal-updates,focal-security 2.3.1-9ubuntu1.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.3.1-9ubuntu1]

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thermald/focal-updates 1.9.1-1ubuntu0.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 1.9.1-1build1]
ubuntu-drivers-common/focal-updates 1: amd64 [upgradable from: 1:0.8.1]
ubuntu-release-upgrader-core/focal-updates,focal-updates 1:20.04.19 all [upgradable from: 1:20.04.18]
ubuntu-release-upgrader-gtk/focal-updates,focal-updates 1:20.04.19 all [upgradable from: 1:20.04.18]
uno-libs-private/focal-updates 1:6.4.3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 1:6.4.2-0ubuntu3]
update-manager-core/focal-updates,focal-updates 1:20.04.10 all [upgradable from: 1:20.04.9]
update-manager/focal-updates,focal-updates 1:20.04.10 all [upgradable from: 1:20.04.9]
ure/focal-updates 1:6.4.3-0ubuntu0.20.04.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 1:6.4.2-0ubuntu3]

If you are satisfied with the updates, proceed to install the updates on your system.

Now, install the updates for Kernel and installed applications.

sudo apt upgrade

You will get the list of packages that will be upgraded. You need to type Y and press Enter to begin the update.

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following packages will be upgraded:
  distro-info-data eog file-roller fonts-opensymbol gedit gedit-common gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0 glib-networking
  glib-networking-common glib-networking-services gnome-control-center gnome-control-center-data
  gnome-control-center-faces gnome-desktop3-data gnome-initial-setup gnome-shell gnome-shell-common
  libgnome-desktop-3-19 libjuh-java libjurt-java libnautilus-extension1a libnetplan0 libreoffice-base-core
  libreoffice-calc libreoffice-common libreoffice-core libreoffice-draw libreoffice-gnome libreoffice-gtk3
  libreoffice-help-common libreoffice-help-en-us libreoffice-impress libreoffice-math libreoffice-ogltrans
  libreoffice-pdfimport libreoffice-style-breeze libreoffice-style-colibre libreoffice-style-elementary
  libreoffice-style-tango libreoffice-writer libridl-java libuno-cppu3 libuno-cppuhelpergcc3-3
  libuno-purpenvhelpergcc3-3 libuno-sal3 libuno-salhelpergcc3-3 libunoloader-java nautilus nautilus-data
  python3-distupgrade python3-uno python3-update-manager strace thermald ubuntu-drivers-common
  ubuntu-release-upgrader-core ubuntu-release-upgrader-gtk uno-libs-private update-manager update-manager-core ure
62 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 104 MB of archives.
After this operation, 201 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y  << Type Y to begin update

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Get:11 focal-updates/main amd64 ubuntu-drivers-common amd64 1: [44.6 kB]
Get:12 focal-updates/main amd64 distro-info-data all 0.43ubuntu1.1 [4,584 B]
Get:13 focal-updates/main amd64 libnetplan0 amd64 0.99-0ubuntu3~20.04.1 [23.0 kB]
Get:14 focal-updates/main amd64 amd64 0.99-0ubuntu3~20.04.1 [70.9 kB]

Once the package updates are downloaded, the installer will automatically start installing it.

Unpacking gnome-control-center-data (1:3.36.2-0ubuntu1) over (1:3.36.1-1ubuntu5) ...
Preparing to unpack .../28-gnome-control-center_1%3a3.36.2-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking gnome-control-center (1:3.36.2-0ubuntu1) over (1:3.36.1-1ubuntu5) ...
Preparing to unpack .../29-gnome-control-center-faces_1%3a3.36.2-0ubuntu1_all.deb ...
Unpacking gnome-control-center-faces (1:3.36.2-0ubuntu1) over (1:3.36.1-1ubuntu5) ...
Preparing to unpack .../30-gnome-initial-setup_3.36.2-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking gnome-initial-setup (3.36.2-0ubuntu1) over (3.36.1-1ubuntu1) ...

Wait for some time to get the system update complete. The update time depends on internet speed and system configuration.

Setting up gnome-initial-setup (3.36.2-0ubuntu1) ...
Setting up nautilus (1:3.36.2-0ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for fontconfig (2.13.1-2ubuntu3) ...
Setting up gnome-control-center (1:3.36.2-0ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu2) ...
Setting up gedit (3.36.2-0ubuntu1) ...
Setting up update-manager (1:20.04.10) ...

Once the packages are installed, reboot your system.

sudo reboot

Use the apt command to see if any updates are pending for installation.

sudo apt list --upgradable


Listing... Done


sudo apt update

Output: (Last line)

All packages are up to date.


That’s All. I hope, by now, you have the latest update on your Ubuntu 20.04 system. Please share your feedback in the comments section.

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