How to Install Latest Kernel 5.0 in Ubuntu

Periodically new devices and technology coming out and it’s important to keep our Linux system kernel up-to-date if we want to get the most of out it.

Moreover, updating system kernel will ease us to take advantage of new kernel functions and also it helps us to protect ourselves from vulnerabilities that have been found in earlier versions.

Suggested Read: How to Upgrade Kernel in CentOS 7

Ready to update your kernel on Ubuntu and Debian or one of their derivatives such as Linux Mint? If so, keep reading!

Check Installed Kernel Version

To find the current version of installed kernel on our system we can do:

$ uname -sr

The following shows the output of the above command in a Ubuntu 18.04 server:

Linux 4.15.0-42-generic

Upgrading Kernel in Ubuntu Server

To upgrade the kernel in Ubuntu, go to http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ and choose the desired version (Kernel 5.0 is the latest at the time of writing) from the list by clicking on it.

Next, download the .deb files for your system architecture using wget command.

Download Linux Kernel for 32-Bit System

$ wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.0/linux-headers-5.0.0-050000_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_all.deb
$ wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.0/linux-headers-5.0.0-050000-generic_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_i386.deb
$ wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.0/linux-image-5.0.0-050000-generic_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_i386.deb
$ wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.0/linux-modules-5.0.0-050000-generic_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_i386.deb

Download Linux Kernel for 64-Bit System

$ wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.0/linux-headers-5.0.0-050000_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_all.deb
$ wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.0/linux-headers-5.0.0-050000-generic_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_amd64.deb
$ wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.0/linux-image-unsigned-5.0.0-050000-generic_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_amd64.deb
$ wget https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.0/linux-modules-5.0.0-050000-generic_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_amd64.deb

Once you’ve downloaded all the above kernel files, now install them as follows:

$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Sample Output
(Reading database ... 140176 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack linux-headers-5.0.0-050000_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_all.deb ...
Unpacking linux-headers-5.0.0-050000 (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) over (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) ...
Preparing to unpack linux-headers-5.0.0-050000-generic_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking linux-headers-5.0.0-050000-generic (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) over (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) ...
Preparing to unpack linux-image-unsigned-5.0.0-050000-generic_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking linux-image-unsigned-5.0.0-050000-generic (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) over (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) ...
Selecting previously unselected package linux-modules-5.0.0-050000-generic.
Preparing to unpack linux-modules-5.0.0-050000-generic_5.0.0-050000.201903032031_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking linux-modules-5.0.0-050000-generic (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) ...
Setting up linux-headers-5.0.0-050000 (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) ...
Setting up linux-headers-5.0.0-050000-generic (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) ...
Setting up linux-modules-5.0.0-050000-generic (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) ...
Setting up linux-image-unsigned-5.0.0-050000-generic (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) ...
Processing triggers for linux-image-unsigned-5.0.0-050000-generic (5.0.0-050000.201903032031) ...
/etc/kernel/postinst.d/initramfs-tools:
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-5.0.0-050000-generic
/etc/kernel/postinst.d/x-grub-legacy-ec2:
Searching for GRUB installation directory ... found: /boot/grub
Searching for default file ... found: /boot/grub/default
Testing for an existing GRUB menu.lst file ... found: /boot/grub/menu.lst
Searching for splash image ... none found, skipping ...
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-42-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-29-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-5.0.0-050000-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-42-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-29-generic
Replacing config file /run/grub/menu.lst with new version
Updating /boot/grub/menu.lst ... done

/etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-update-grub:
Generating grub configuration file ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-5.0.0-050000-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-5.0.0-050000-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-42-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.15.0-42-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-29-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.15.0-29-generic
done

Once the installation is complete, reboot your machine and verify that the new kernel version is being used:

$ uname -sr
Verify Kernel Version in Ubuntu
Verify Kernel Version in Ubuntu

And that’s it. You are now using a much more recent kernel version than the one installed by default with Ubuntu.

Summary

In this article we’ve shown how to easily upgrade the Linux kernel on Ubuntu system. There is yet another procedure which we haven’t showed here as it requires compiling the kernel from source, which is not recommended on production Linux systems.

If you’re still interested in compiling the kernel as a learning experience, you will get the instructions on how to do it at the Kernel Newbies page.

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