How to upgrade to LMDE 5

It is now possible to upgrade LMDE 4 to version 5.

First, refresh your cache and install the Upgrade Tool by typing the following commands in a terminal:

apt update
apt install mintupgrade

Then type the following command to launch the Upgrade Tool:

sudo mintupgrade

Follow the instructions on the screen.

When the tool is done and the upgrade is successful uninstall it and reboot your computer.

apt remove mintupgrade
sudo reboot

This is a major upgrade. It can take several hours.

You will be asked to be up to date and to prepare system snapshots. Do not rush, do not take shortcuts.

Don’t hesitate to seek help if you have questions or if you face problems with the upgrade.


  1. This worked very well for me. Well worth the wait, thank you for all you do! My grandmother is AMAZED at how fast her computer is now that she isn’t on Windows any longer.

  2. will there be a feature in the future to automatically remove mintupgrade after updating is complete without using apt remove mintupgrade?

  3. Ensure that apt policy mintupgrade shows
    Installed: 2022.05.05.2
    Candidate: 2022.05.05.2
    Version table:
    *** 2022.05.05.2 500
    Otherwise it isn’t the latest version.

  4. Just a quick question, are there any major differences between this and the tool Ubuntu uses for major upgrades ? Is this more reliable than the Ubuntu one ?

  5. Hello
    > apt install mintupgrade
    don’t work for me
    I cannot find a package with a such name..
    sorry (beginner)

  6. Hi, I will try to upgrade on next weekend, but I would like to prepare the box beforehand. I have several snap apps and wine apps. Should I leave them like that? should I uninstall this stuff and reinstall later to ease the upgrade? Apart from that, my box seems pretty clean without any other ppa added. Thx!

  7. Greetings,

    I would like to thank everyone… all who continue to lead this extraordinary operating system into the future. Since the beginning… namely LMDE1 I am with you… Rock Solid since then! Unfortunately I also have to mention that I have never experienced an absolute crash of a version in daily operation since then… until LMDE 5 via auto-updater.

    A small list of the anomalies:
    1. Total crash (freeze) simply while watching a video and simultaneously looking up something in another browser window… then only a cold reboot could make the system responsive again.

    2. Programs I launch via FIREJAIL only show the busy icon for 20 seconds…. but the program is never started (e.g. Evince, Audacious). Others work fine this way.

    3. In the browser (Friefox and Chromium) parts of the desktop are continuously inserted, until a web page is called.

    4. Thunderbird and KeepasXC also exhibit a similar “window opens, but the desktop continues to be visible for some time” phenomenon.

    It will come down to me having to cleanly reboot everything once… as has become habitual since the end of the rolling release in LMDE 1 – so I’m experienced. 😉

    Anyway… stay tuned 😉

    Dr. Octagon

    1. The blog post says: “It is now possible to upgrade LMDE 4 to version 5.” You do not have LMDE 4, you have Una 20.3. Mint 21 is not even released, so you cannot update to Mint 21 yet.

  8. Found some incompatibilities where I had newer versions of softare than the upgrader wanted… simply downgrade or uninstall (if downgrade not possible) and continue on. Upgrade went flawlessly! And for the apps I had to remove during the upgrade, just simply reinstall (like LibreOffice). Could not be happier, thanks Mint team!

  9. Random question, will it be possible in the future if not the near future to add this functionality for linux mint(ubuntu) users to be able to upgrade to lmde without reinstalling the OS entirely?

  10. Thanks Clem and team for the great work on LMDE5 and the upgrade tool. Smooth upgrade on my ThinkPad E560 with the only glitch being ‘resume after suspend’ not working. Could be fixed with intel_iommu=off as kernel parameter but I’m not sure if this was the default in the LMDE4 kernels.

  11. Hi Clem. A big thank you for the work done in LMDE-5 and the LMDE-4 updater!
    I upgraded from LMDE-4 to 5 today. Indeed, it was, as you asked for
    read messages and make choices. Update after 2.5 hours was a complete
    success. Everything works well. I like the LMDE system.
    The big advantage of this system is the available 32 bit versions,
    stable operation and not too much high hardware requirements
    and 3-year support.
    Best wishes to the entire Mint-Team !

  12. Functionally, it worked fine. But I hope you can work further on the UX aspect of the tool.
    – The pages before testing for foreign packages, before removing, when listing orphaned packages – they all look exactly the same: the same red exclamation mark icon, a list with package names, an explanatory plaintext, the same two buttons. It’s hard to see any progress was made at all.
    – To block orphaned packages from being removed, you have to enter their package name in a freetext field while the list of orphaned packages is hidden. Try to spell a 25-letter name correctly from memory…

    1. There should be a menu to add to the list of orphaned packages or at least allow to copy the name

    2. Yes, there is a menu. If you click on it, the list showing the orphaned packages is removed from the window. And it is impossible to copy package names from that list anyway. You have to copy them by hand.

  13. Very fast and clean this LMDE5.
    Adding my CanonTS3350 was quick and easy, nothing to do with Windows tic tac tic tac procedure…
    Just going to Add Printer, then Server, /run/cups/cups.sock, and then I selected the USB and then just selecting the Pixma TS3150. Later I did the same with the wireless capability of this printer. Both work great.
    And the best is that after this when I go to print something there appears a lot, a lot, a lot of things to select. Better than in Windows, a lot better. In less than 2 minutes I got the printer fully working.

  14. Hi.
    I am testing some hardware. I got a wifi pci card, chip MT7921K, and it is not recognizedby LMDE5.
    I did uname -sr and … Linux 5.10.0-14-amd64
    How can I upgrade to kernel 5.14? I updated it in LMint Cinammon and it just worked.
    Iǘe been looking for some kind of drivers for it but got nothing.

  15. Why does Oibaf” or Fabio or whoever it is keep updating the mesa video drivers every day? Sometimes 2-3 times a day… You would think that he has gotten the driver setup figured out by now? This has been ongoing for months. If anyone knows then please enlighten me. Thanks

  16. Brilliant solution. Worked like a charm, and in far less time than expected. Many thanks to the team. Well done.

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