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

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 Simple https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2955
17.1
17.2
17.3 18 Complex https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2316
18 18.3 Simple https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3462
18.1
18.2
18.3 19 Complex https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/2416
19 19.3 Simple https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3838
19.1
19.2
19.3 20 Complex https://linuxmint-user-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/upgrade-to-mint-20.html
20 20.2 Simple https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=4111
20.1

Note

There are no other upgrade paths than the ones listed above. For instance, you cannot upgrade version 18 to version 19.3 directly, you first need to upgrade it to 18.3, then to 19, then to 19.3.

Types of upgrade

Simple

Upgrades from one point release to another point release within the same major version of Linux Mint are usually quite simple and easy to perform. They take just a few minutes and do not involve using the command line.

Complex

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

Alternatives

If you cannot upgrade perform a fresh installation.

Generic instructions on fresh upgrades are also available.