Upgrades

Your Version

To find your version of Linux Mint, open a terminal and type:

cat /etc/linuxmint/info

Long Term Support

Each major Linux Mint release is supported for 5 years.

Version Supported until
17, 17.1, 17.2, 17.3 April 2019
18, 18.1, 18.2, 18.3 April 2021
19, 19.1, 19.2, 19.3 April 2023
20, 20.1, 20.2, 20.3 April 2025
21, 21.1, 21.2, 21.3 April 2027

Upgrade Paths

The table below shows the upgrade paths between the various Linux Mint releases.

From version To version Type of upgrade Tutorial
17 17.3 Minor https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2955
17.1
17.2
17.3 18 Major https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2316
18 18.3 Minor https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3462
18.1
18.2
18.3 19 Major https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2416
19 19.3 Minor https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3838
19.1
19.2
19.3 20 Major https://linuxmint-user-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/upgrade-to-mint-20.html
20 20.3 Minor https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=4216
20.1
20.2
20.3 21 Major https://linuxmint-user-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/upgrade-to-mint-21.html

Note

There are no other upgrade paths than the ones listed above. For instance, you cannot upgrade version 19 to version 20.3 directly, you first need to upgrade it to 19.3, then to 20, then to 20.3.

Types of upgrade

Minor

Upgrades from one point release to another point release within the same major version of Linux Mint are simple and easy to perform. They take just a few minutes.

Major

Upgrades from one major version to the next are usually more complex. They can take up to a few hours. They can require a certain level of knowledge and experience from the user.

Alternatives

If you cannot upgrade perform a fresh installation.

Generic instructions on fresh upgrades are also available.