Update installed packages on Ubuntu

June 23, 2022  ‐ 1 min read

When you run an Ubuntu server it is good practice to regularly update the installed packages. To ensure you pull in the latest security patches. Ubuntu allows for some automatic package upgrades with the unattended-upgrades package. But knowing to upgrade packages manually cannot hurt.

Upgrading packages on Ubuntu is done using the apt package manager. And you most likely need sudo permissions to run the following commands.

It is probably best to first refresh the Ubuntu package index. We do this using the apt update command. Next we do the actual upgrading of our packages using apt upgrade.

$ apt update
$ apt upgrade

In some exceptional cases a server reboot is required before the upgrades take effect. In the case of a Linux kernel upgrade for example.

$ reboot