How to upgrade Linux Mint 18 Sylvia to Linux Mint 19 Tara?

Upgrade Linux Mint

Few days ago the special release of the new version of Linux Mint 19 was shared Tara which brings with it new features and quite a few bug fixes in each of its different flavors from this Ubuntu-derived distribution.

For most users this distribution is normal download the new version and perform a new clean install, But it is not the only method to obtain this new version.

That is why today we are going to share with you a simple upgrade method from Linux Mint 18 Sylvia to Linux Mint 19 Tara, This guide is especially geared towards newbies.

It is important to mention that this update is only valid for Linux Mint users with Cinnamon, XFCE or Mate since in this new version of Linux Mint 19 the support for the KDE desktop environment was eliminated.

So if you are a user of this flavor of the distribution, you will not be able to perform the version jump from this method. The only thing you can do is perform a clean install and install the KDE desktop environment.

Update Linux Mint to its latest stable version

The update from Linux Mint 18 Sylvia to Linux Mint 19 Tara was recently released In the words of the project leader, he does not recommend everyone to make this version jump.

This is due in the first place that for those still using Linux Mint 17 are supported until next year, as well as Linux Mint 18 users who have direct support until 2021.

The other reason for the recommendation is that this release of the update is recommended for all those users who want to know the new features.

“You may want to upgrade to Linux Mint 19 because some bug is fixed or you want to get some of the new features.

In either case, you should know why you are updating. We are so excited about Linux Mint 19, updating blindly by running the latest version doesn't make much sense, "said Clement Lefebvre.

This new version of the distribution It is based on the latest version of Ubuntu LTS which is 18.04, with which it will have 5 years of support, which will be until the year 2023.

By carrying out this process we will obtain the new features included in this new version of Linux Mint, among which we can highlight a totally "new" application to create backup copies of the system called Timeshift.

Process to upgrade to Linux Mint 19


To start this update process it is highly recommended to make a backup of all your important documents, since if you have a problem with the update process, you can count on the security of your documents.

Now we must open a terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T and we will proceed to update the necessary packages and dependencies:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

Now we are going to proceed to replace some lines in our file / Etc / apt / sources.list, we only have to execute the following command:

sudo sed -i 's/sylvia/tara/g' /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo sed -i 's/sylvia/tara/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list

Before this I can make a recommendation to remove any repository that you have added, this is in order to avoid possible problems with dependencies and perform an update in the cleanest way.

You can use an application to make a backup of your repositories and after the update search them for the new version of Ubuntu.

We do a package and dependency update again with:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

Done this now we are going to proceed to update our system with:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

This process may take a bit of time so you can use that time for another task just make sure your computer stays connected to the network and is not suspended or shut down during this process.

At the end of the download and installation of the necessary updates we proceed to restart our computer with:

sudo reboot

When restarting the system, this may take a few minutes, we can check the update with the following command:

lsb_release -a


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  1.   Jonathan Green said

    Thanks, update recently, and without problems.

  2.   Rafa said

    Hi, I can't log in, I get the 10-second error, how can I fix it?

  3.   Alex Ximenez said

    I would like to know if it is possible to install linux mint 19 mate desktop on a canaima netbook model: EF10MI2 has 1.8 GB of DDR3 ram, Intel celeron CPU N2805 64-bit processor at 1.46 Ghz / 1MB, Intel Bay Trail graphics, 10,5 LCD screen inches, 1366 × 768 resolution, mother board: Intel powered classmate PC, BIOS version MPBYT10A.17A.0030.2014.0906.1259 of 09/06/2014. According to the lspci command this is the hardware installed on my pc: 00: 00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView SSA-CUnit (rev 0a)
    00: 02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView Gen7 (rev 0a)
    00: 13.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 0a)
    00: 14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 0a)
    00: 1a.0 Encryption controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView SEC (rev 0a)
    00: 1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation ValleyView High Definition Audio Controller (rev 0a)
    00: 1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView PCI Express Root Port (rev 0a)
    00: 1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView PCI Express Root Port (rev 0a)
    00: 1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView Power Control Unit (rev 0a)
    00: 1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation ValleyView SMBus Controller (rev 0a)
    01: 00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device b723
    02: 00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111 / 8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)
    … Or should I opt for linux mint xfce desktop What do you think?

    1.    Markov said

      I'm just trying to do the same, but to install Mint20.
      I wonder if you've come up with a solution, Alex.

  4.   eris35 said

    When I install, the linux mint 19, at the moment of starting the pc is suspended, and I have to activate it to continue the start

  5.   Marta Alvarez placeholder image said


    I have installed the linux mint 17.3 Rosa and it goes well .. but I see that it is valid until 2019 and I would like to ask a question, is there any risk of updating to 18… .. through the terminal? Or another, if I wait for an update notice to appear in the update manager? Some time ago I updated a linux mint through the update manager and it did not go very well, I don't know if it was because of how linux worked, but it did not finish working and I had to install it cleanly. Thank you.

    1.    David naranjo said

      For this type of version jump, the most recommended and healthy thing is a clean update.

  6.   Felipe said

    I have tried updating Linux Mint from 18.3 to 19, and after rebooting to complete the installation, I get the following error:
    «Initctl: Unable to connect to Upstar: Failed to connect to socket / com / ubuntu / upstart: Connection refused
    syndaemon: process not found
    mdm [2045]: Glib-CRITICAL: g_key_file_free: assertion 'key_file! = NULL' failed »
    Can anyone help me?

  7.   Ivan Nombela Lopez said

    Hello. Despite the warnings, I have upgraded Mint 18.3 KDE (starting from clean install) to Mint 19 and it seems to be working correctly. How can I know if it has been a complete update or just an apparent one? What functionalities am I missing or what specific packages have not been updated or can they cause problems?

  8.   Noe said

    Great, your article helped me a lot, I already updated with the method described here.