This is guide, howto upgrade Fedora 32 to Fedora 33 using DNF. This method works on desktop and server machines. You can also upgrade older Fedora installations (example Fedora 31/30/29) directly to Fedora 33.

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

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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 32 to Fedora 33 using DNF

Desktop users can start upgrade using Software app and skip to step 2.7
Fedora 33 Now Available

Following steps are mainly for Fedora Server and command line users

2.1 Change root user

su -
## OR ##
sudo -i

2.2 Update Fedora 32/31/30 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 --refresh --releasever=33

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




options to get all packages downloaded.

2.6 Start (F32 to F33) Upgrade Process

dnf system-upgrade reboot

2.7 Grub 2 Menu Boot with Latest Kernel

Fedora 33 Upgrade Grub2

2.8 Starting System Upgrade

Fedora 33 Starting System Upgrade

2.9 dnf-plugin-system-upgrade Upgrading Fedora 32 to Fedora 33

Fedora 33 Upgrading

Fedora 33 Upgrade Complete Cleaning Up and Rebooting

3. Fedora 33 Screenshots

3.2 Fedora 33 Plain Desktop Gnome Desktop (Gnome Shell)

Fedora 33 Plain Gnome Desktop

3.3 Fedora 33 and Gnome About

Fedora 33 Gnome Desktop About

4. Fedora 33 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, use old version, watch the diff or merge.

dnf install rpmconf

rpmconf -a