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Update your Raspberry Pi to the latest version

In this short tutorial we’ll see how easy it is to update your Raspberry Pi to the latest version of Raspbian. Once you have ended this tutorial, you Raspberry Pi will be up to date with the operation system’s latest version.

What you’ll need for this tutorial

For this tutorial, you need to have your Raspberry Pi running on Raspbian. And as we will download files from the internet, you need a good internet connection of course.

Open the terminal window

By clicking on the terminal icon on taskbar (left upper corner of your screen), a terminal window will appear.

Commands

First, enter following command to update the system’s package list:

sudo apt update

Then, upgrade all packages by entering the command:

sudo apt dist-upgrade

Finally, reboot the Raspberry Pi to take effect the changes by typing:

reboot

That’s it! Your Raspberry Pi is up to date with the latest version now!

Remarks

  • Depending of your connection, the entire process will take some time. Don’t be surprised it takes more then 10 minutes.
  • By doing this operation regularly, you keep your Raspberry Pi always up to date. That’s why you don’t need to download and reinstall a complete new image file when there is new release.

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