How To Upgrade From Fedora 18 To Fedora 19 With FedUp (Desktop & Server)

This article describes how you can upgrade your Fedora 18 system to Fedora 19 with the help of the Fedora Updater (FedUp). The upgrade procedure works for both desktop and server installations.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

The commands in this article must be executed with root privileges. Open a terminal and log in as root, or if you log in with a regular user, type


to become root.

Please make sure that the system that you want to upgrade has more than 600 MB of RAM - otherwise the system might hang when it tries to reboot with the following message (leaving you with an unusable system):

Trying to unpack rootfs image as initramfs...


2 Upgrading To Fedora 19 (Desktop & Server)

First we must upgrade the rpm package:

yum update rpm 

Then we install the latest updates:

yum -y update

Next we clean the yum cache:

yum clean all

If you notice that a new kernel got installed during yum -y update, you should reboot the system now:


(After the reboot, log in as root again, either directly or with the help of



Now we come to the upgrade process. We can do this with FedUp (short for Fedora Updater; FedUp replaces preupgrade which is now deprecated).

Install FedUp...

yum install fedup 

... and call it like this:

fedup-cli --network 19

Afterwards the system is being prepared for the upgrade. Afterwards, you will be asked to reboot the system:


From the boot menu, select System Upgrade (fedup).

During the reboot, the upgrade is being performed. This can take quite a long time, so please be patient.

Afterwards, you can log into your new Fedora 19 system.


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By: Anonymous

Very good !!!

 First time I have been truly successful with a fedora upgrade - I did two:

    1. fedora 18 on a single drive

    2. fedora 17 and 18 in a dual boot configuration

 Both upgraded from 18 to 19 without error. The second retained my fedora 17 and I can still dual boot 17 or 19 (will not give up 17 until I can make the later fedora's boot from their own partition and not the MBR).

Thanks - nice work !!!

By: Bernie Victor

I have only just tried Fedora 18 after messing up my Ubuntu/Mint installation. On discovering that fedora 19 was now available I wondered how to upgrade and found this thread.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it works without any problems. How different from Ubuntu or Mint where you virtually have to download an iso and re-install.

Am running with both Gnome and Cinnamon desktops and they both work smoothly on my rather ancient Dell desktop.

By: Anonymous

Worked a treat, thank you!