How to go from Elementary OS 0.3 Freya to 0.4 Loki

Elementary OS 0.4 LokiIt took longer than expected, so much so that, being one of the Ubuntu-based versions that I like the most because of its attractive graphical environment, I decided to use the standard version of the operating system developed by Canonical to be able to use its new functions. But Elementary OS 0.4 Loki It is now available and has all the news that arrived in Ubuntu 16.04 in April, so I have already decided to use this beautiful and light operating system.

Unlike other Ubuntu-based operating systems, Elementary OS does not have any automatic update system, that is, we have to do the installation from 0. So what if we want to upgrade from Freya to Loki? Well, if we don't create the partition / Home in its day, we will have to take some steps so as not to lose all our data. We explain how to do it below.

Upgrade from Elementary OS 0.3 to 0.4 Loki

  1. The first thing we will have to do is a backup of our data. These data are stored in our personal folder / Home, so we will have to copy its content to an external hard drive. To do this, we will have to do the following:
    1. We install Nautilus with the command "sudo apt install nautilus" without the quotes.
    2. Next, we open a terminal and type "sudo nautilus" also without the quotes and enter our password.
    3. Next, we go to Team and copy the folder / Home on an external hard drive.
  2. With the backup already done, we move on to the next step: download Elementary OS 0.4 Loki, if we haven't already done so. To do this, we go to your official website, we choose a price (we can put € 0 in Custom if we want it for free) and click on Download elementary OS.
  3. The next step is to create a Bootable USB with the downloaded image. My favorite method to do it in any distribution is UNetbootin, since it is the one that seems faster and easier. We will install it with the command "sudo apt install unetbootin" (without the quotes). If it is not available in the default repositories, you can install it by typing the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: gezakovacs / ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unetbootin


  1. Once installed, we will create the USB Bootable, something that we have explained in our post about how to create an Ubuntu Bootable USB, where there are also other options.
  2. We install Elementary OS as we always have. If we had created the partition / Home, we use the same partition without formatting. If this is not the case, we install the operating system as new.
  3. Next, we reinstall Nautilus and type the command "sudo nautilus" to perform the next step.
  4. Now we copy the content of our backup to the folder / Home of the new installation.
  5. Finally, we install the programs again. As we have copied the folder / Home, the settings will be kept once installed.

It is clear that uploading the Elementary OS version at the moment is a longer walk than we would like, but this way we can keep all our data and configuration, which is always worth it.

Via: ElementaryOS Zone.

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  1.   Sergio Rodriguez-Marin said

    I've tried Loki but it doesn't add much either.

  2.   Luis R. Malaga said

    That thing locks up after a while

  3.   Juanjo Riveros placeholder image said

    After loki I just installed windows, 🙁

  4.   Christian Andrew Aguilar Mamani said

    I have a query Ubuntu friends. I bought a RCA change brand tablet PC with 1.83 Ghz intel atom quad core, 2 Gb of ram, 2Mb cache, and 32 Gb Mmc. It is for reading use and as a secondary device. I wanted to know if I can install this version of Ubuntu. If it works in tablet mode and how the touch responds. Thanks for your reply. And if this system is not recommended, please ask for your suggestions. Thanks a lot.