This is guide, howto upgrade Fedora 39 to Fedora 40 using DNF. This method works on desktop and server machines. You can also upgrade older Fedora installations (example Fedora 38/37/36) directly to Fedora 40.

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

Check video version of guide, howto upgrade to Fedora 40:
This video shows howto upgrade NVIDIA drivers and upgrade whole system. If you are not using manually installed NVIDIA drivers, then you can skip all “NVIDIA USERS:” part on video.

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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.

1.2 Update NVIDIA Drivers

Install / update NVIDIA 340xx, 390xx, 470xx, 535xx, 550xx to latest kernel 6.8 compatible versions.

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2. Upgrade Fedora 39 to Fedora 40 using DNF

2.1 Change root user

su -
## OR ##
sudo -i

2.2 Update Fedora 39/38/37 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=40

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




options to get all packages downloaded.

2.6 Start (F39 to F40) Upgrade Process

dnf system-upgrade reboot

2.8 Grub 2 Menu Boot with Latest Kernel

Fedora 40 Upgrade Grub2

2.9 Starting System Upgrade

Fedora 40 Upgrade Starting System Upgrade

2.10 dnf-plugin-system-upgrade Upgrading Fedora 39 to Fedora 40

[Fedora 40 Upgrade Upgrading]((images/fedora-upgrade/fedora-40-upgrading.png)

Fedora 40 Upgrade Ready

3. Fedora 40 Screenshots

3.1 Fedora 40 GNOME 46 Desktop

Fedora 40 Desktop

4. Fedora 40 Clean Up Post Upgrade (as root user)

4.1 Do Distro Sync

dnf distro-sync --setopt=deltarpm=0

4.2 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