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{{admon/important | Recommendations | The recommended installation method is detailed in the [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/ Fedora Installation Guide].  The [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/ Release Notes] also have some useful information.}}
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== PreUpgrade ==
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{{admon/note|Upgrading to Fedora 18 and Later| All currently supported Fedora releases, starting with Fedora 18, can be upgraded with [[FedUp]].  previous releases used PreUpgrade or the installation DVD, but users of older releases should back up their systems and perform a clean installation for best results.}}
  
[[PreUpgrade]] is an application you can run on an existing Fedora 8 or above installation. You can continue to use Fedora while [[PreUpgrade]] downloads the packages required for the upgrade. Once everything is downloaded and set up, you will be notified that you can reboot at any time to start the Fedora upgrade. To read more, refer to [[PreUpgrade]].
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== Upgrading with FedUp ==
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{{admon/note|Recommended Upgrade Method (for upgrading ''to'' Fedora 18 and newer)| This is the recommended method to upgrade your Fedora system to Fedora 18 and newer. Note that FedUp is only available in Fedora 17 and later.  For instructions on upgrading, refer to the [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/19/html/Installation_Guide/ch-upgrade-x86.html Installation Guide] or [[FedUp]]}}
  
== Upgrading using Yum ==
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=== Using the DVD to upgrade ===
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{{admon/note | Recommended Upgrade Method (when upgrading to Fedora 17 or earlier releases) | This was the recommended method for upgrading to releases up to Fedora 17. DVD upgrades are not available for later releases; instead, please use [[FedUp]]}}
  
Upgrading directly from one release to the next using {{command|yum}} is not a officially supported method, but works for many users.  To learn more, refer to [[Upgrading Fedora using yum]].
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For upgrading to all releases up to Fedora 17, the process of using Anaconda installer to upgrade is the recommended and supported method and detailed in the [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/17/html/Installation_Guide/index.html Fedora Installation Guide]. However, for best results when migrating from unsupported versions to newer versions, back up your user and configuration data and perform a fresh installation.
  
== Upgrading from a pre-release (alpha/beta/rawhide snapshot) to the final release ==
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== Upgrading directly using Yum ==
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Upgrading directly from one release to the next using {{command|yum}} is not explicitly tested by Fedora QA and issues with it are not considered blockers for a release, but in practise it works for many users, probably  due to our packaging guidelines providing detailed information on maintaining upgradability.  To learn more, refer to [[Upgrading Fedora using yum]].
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== Upgrading from a pre-release (alpha, beta, release candidate or other development snapshot) to the final release ==
  
 
If you are using a pre-release of Fedora, and want to know more about upgrading to the final release, refer to [[Upgrading from pre-release to final]].
 
If you are using a pre-release of Fedora, and want to know more about upgrading to the final release, refer to [[Upgrading from pre-release to final]].
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== Tips ==
 
== Tips ==
  
* It's a good idea to have a backup of your system before performing an upgrade. Keeping {{filename|/home}} in a separate logical volume or partition makes backing up user data easier. This is a feature requested for the Fedora Installer. Refer to [https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=150670 Bug 150670] for more on this issue. This is the default from Fedora 13 onwards.  
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* It's a good idea to have a backup of your system before performing an upgrade. Keeping {{filename|/home}} in a separate logical volume or partition makes backing up user data easier, because the home partition can be reused when upgrading or reinstalling. This is the default from Fedora 13 onwards.  
  
 
* Doing a clean installation and then restoring user data from backups may work better for some users. Future releases may include features to assist in this process. Refer to [[Anaconda/WorkItems#upgrade|  AnacondaWorkItems]]  for more information.
 
* Doing a clean installation and then restoring user data from backups may work better for some users. Future releases may include features to assist in this process. Refer to [[Anaconda/WorkItems#upgrade|  AnacondaWorkItems]]  for more information.
  
* You can do an upgrade using the regular installation DVDs. Live media only performs fresh installations, not upgrades. The installation overrides any third party packages which conflict with the default installation set. Applications within the Fedora repository are easily upgradeable. Refer to the [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f{{FedoraVersion}}/ Installation Guide]  for more information.
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* Make sure you read the [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/{{FedoraVersionNumber}}/html/Release_Notes/ Release Notes] carefully before attempting an upgrade.
 
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* Make sure you read the [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/f{{FedoraVersion}}/ Release Notes] carefully before attempting an upgrade.
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* You can also do an upgrade using the {{command|yum}} package manager, but this is not officially supported by the Fedora Project. Refer to [[Upgrading Fedora using yum]] for details.
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== Rawhide ==
 
== Rawhide ==
  
Rawhide is an development version of Fedora that is updated daily.  It is suitable for people who are developing or testing Fedora before broad public release.
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Rawhide is a development version of Fedora that is updated daily.  It is suitable for people who are developing or testing Fedora before broad public release.
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{{Admon/warning | Rawhide is not for casual use! | Packages in rawhide aren't inherently unstable, but interactions and dependencies between packages there can be unpredictable. The testing performed in release branches to prevent these conflicts isn't there in rawhide - or, more correctly, it happens in rawhide so that the release branches can benefit. Do not use Rawhide just for newer versions of a package; use it when you are an experienced user that wants to actively contribute to a stable rawhide. }}
  
 
* To move from Rawhide to a stable release, refer to [[Upgrading from pre-release to final]].
 
* To move from Rawhide to a stable release, refer to [[Upgrading from pre-release to final]].
 
* To move from a stable release to Rawhide, refer to [[Releases/Rawhide]].
 
* To move from a stable release to Rawhide, refer to [[Releases/Rawhide]].

Revision as of 07:25, 15 November 2013

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Upgrading to Fedora 18 and Later
All currently supported Fedora releases, starting with Fedora 18, can be upgraded with FedUp. previous releases used PreUpgrade or the installation DVD, but users of older releases should back up their systems and perform a clean installation for best results.

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Upgrading with FedUp

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Recommended Upgrade Method (for upgrading to Fedora 18 and newer)
This is the recommended method to upgrade your Fedora system to Fedora 18 and newer. Note that FedUp is only available in Fedora 17 and later. For instructions on upgrading, refer to the Installation Guide or FedUp

Using the DVD to upgrade

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Recommended Upgrade Method (when upgrading to Fedora 17 or earlier releases)
This was the recommended method for upgrading to releases up to Fedora 17. DVD upgrades are not available for later releases; instead, please use FedUp

For upgrading to all releases up to Fedora 17, the process of using Anaconda installer to upgrade is the recommended and supported method and detailed in the Fedora Installation Guide. However, for best results when migrating from unsupported versions to newer versions, back up your user and configuration data and perform a fresh installation.

Upgrading directly using Yum

Upgrading directly from one release to the next using yum is not explicitly tested by Fedora QA and issues with it are not considered blockers for a release, but in practise it works for many users, probably due to our packaging guidelines providing detailed information on maintaining upgradability. To learn more, refer to Upgrading Fedora using yum.

Upgrading from a pre-release (alpha, beta, release candidate or other development snapshot) to the final release

If you are using a pre-release of Fedora, and want to know more about upgrading to the final release, refer to Upgrading from pre-release to final.

Tips

  • It's a good idea to have a backup of your system before performing an upgrade. Keeping /home in a separate logical volume or partition makes backing up user data easier, because the home partition can be reused when upgrading or reinstalling. This is the default from Fedora 13 onwards.
  • Doing a clean installation and then restoring user data from backups may work better for some users. Future releases may include features to assist in this process. Refer to AnacondaWorkItems for more information.
  • Make sure you read the Release Notes carefully before attempting an upgrade.

Rawhide

Rawhide is a development version of Fedora that is updated daily. It is suitable for people who are developing or testing Fedora before broad public release.

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Rawhide is not for casual use!
Packages in rawhide aren't inherently unstable, but interactions and dependencies between packages there can be unpredictable. The testing performed in release branches to prevent these conflicts isn't there in rawhide - or, more correctly, it happens in rawhide so that the release branches can benefit. Do not use Rawhide just for newer versions of a package; use it when you are an experienced user that wants to actively contribute to a stable rawhide.