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As of Fedora Workstation 23, when the next stable release is available a graphical notification will appear similar to the update notifications. Clicking this, or running the _Software_ application and going to the _Updates_ pane, will display a simple graphical interface for upgrading the system. It will download the upgrade files, then prompt for a reboot to install them, similar to a system update. When the upgrade is complete, the system will automatically reboot into the new release.
Be sure to *back-up your data* before upgrading your Fedora system in the event something breaks and leaves your system unusable.
Can I upgrade between Fedora releases using only DNF?
Can I upgrade from an End Of Life (EOL) release?
Fedora releases up to Fedora 17 included upgrade functionality in the Fedora installer, anaconda. This can be a better choice than a package manager upgrade for some End Of Life (EOL) upgrades. If you are attempting to upgrade from Fedora 16 or older, it is highly recommended to upgrade to Fedora 16 and perform an installer upgrade from Fedora 16 to Fedora 17 before upgrading any further.
Fedora strongly discourages running an end-of-life release on any production system, or any system connected to the public internet. You should never allow a production Fedora deployment to reach end-of-life in the first place.
For instructions on upgrading Fedora Silverblue Host, refer to the link:++https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/fedora-silverblue/updates-upgrades-rollbacks/#upgrading++[dedicated page].
For instructions on upgrading with the DNF system upgrade plugin, refer to the xref:dnf-system-upgrade.adoc[DNF System Upgrade] page.
How do I upgrade to Rawhide and Branched?
If you are using a pre-release of Fedora, you shouldn't need to do anything to get the final public release, other than updating packages as they become available. You can use `sudo dnf update` or wait for desktop notification. When the pre-release is released as final, the `fedora-repos` packages will be updated and your `updates-testing` repository will be disabled. Once this happens (on the release day), it is highly recommended to run `sudo dnf distro-sync` in order to align package versions with the current release.
If you have Fedora 20 or earlier, you will have to perform at least part of the upgrade with bare `yum`. You can either use that method to upgrade to Fedora 21 or later and then use DNF system upgrade to upgrade from there to a currently-supported release, or just use bare `dnf` or `yum` for the entire upgrade process.
If you have Fedora 21 or later, you can try to upgrade using xref:dnf-system-upgrade.adoc[DNF System Upgrade].
If your installation is located on a 'specialized' storage device, be sure to configure and select it.
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link:++https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/Rawhide++[Rawhide] and link:++https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/Branched++[Branched] are the development releases of Fedora. They are suitable for users developing or testing Fedora before public release. They are *NOT SUITABLE* for regular day-to-day use unless you are a fairly experienced user, and certainly not suitable for mission-critical use. You should read through those pages carefully before deciding to run Branched or Rawhide. See the link:++https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_Release_Life_Cycle++[Fedora Life Cycle] for more information on how the whole Fedora cycle works from Rawhide, to Branched, to the milestone releases (Beta), to the 'Final' release.
Note that when upgrading from Fedora 20 or earlier, you are both upgrading from an end-of-life release and using a not-officially-recommended upgrade mechanism; such upgrades are very much performed 'at your own risk' and may well require various kinds of manual intervention to run and clean up the upgraded system, if they work at all.
Read the link:++https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases#Current_Supported_Releases++[Release Notes] carefully before attempting an upgrade.
This is not a supported upgrade method.
This is the recommended upgrade method for all other Fedora installations.
This is the recommended upgrade method for the Fedora Workstation.