This is guide, howto upgrade Fedora 28 to Fedora 29 using DNF. This method works on desktop and server machines.

I have tested this method on several machines, but if you have problems, please let me know. Always remember backup, before upgrade!

1. Before Upgrade

1.1 Backup Your Data

Before doing anything, do full system backup or backup at least your important data: documents, pictures, videos, config files, log files, databases etc. This is very important step, because if something goes wrong and you have to do fresh install, then you can easily restore your data.

2. Upgrade Fedora 28 to Fedora 29 using DNF

Desktop users can start upgrade using Software app and skip to step 2.7
Fedora 29 Now Available

Following steps are mainly Fedora Server and command line users

2.1 Change root user

su -
## OR ##
sudo -i

2.2 Update Fedora 29 Packages

Just make sure that you have all latest packages installed.

dnf --refresh upgrade

2.3 Reboot Your System

Just make sure that you are running latest kernel.


2.4 Install/Update dnf-plugin-system-upgrade package

It’s probably installed already.

dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade --best

2.5 Start Upgrading Using DNF

dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=29

When this finish, check if there is any errors. You might need




options to get all packages downloaded.

2.6 Start (F28 to F29) Upgrade Process

dnf system-upgrade reboot

2.7 Grub 2 Menu Boot with Latest Kernel

Fedora 28 to Fedora 29 Upgrade GRUB

2.8 Starting System Upgrade

Fedora 28 to Fedora 29 Upgrade Starting System Upgrade

2.9 dnf-plugin-system-upgrade Upgrading Fedora 28 to Fedora 29

Fedora 28 to Fedora 29 Upgrading Installing

Fedora 28 to Fedora 29 Upgrading Cleanup

3. Fedora 29 Screenshots

3.1 Fedora 29 GDM Login Screen

Fedora 29 GDM

3.2 Fedora 29 Plain Desktop Gnome Shell 3.30.1

Fedora 29 Gnome 3.30.1 plain

3.3 Fedora 29 and Gnome 3.30.1 Details

Fedora 29 Gnome 3.30.1 Details

4. Fedora 29 Clean Up Post Upgrade (as root user)

4.1 Rebuilding the RPM DB

rpm --rebuilddb

4.2 Do Distro Sync

dnf distro-sync --setopt=deltarpm=0

4.3 Check All Your Config Files

Use rpmconf to find .rpmnew, .rpmsave and .rpmorig files. You can keep current version, place back old version, watch the diff or merge.

dnf install rpmconf

rpmconf -a