How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 19

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43 Responses

  1. sarah says:

    ERROR: Please set up system snapshots. If anything goes wrong with the upgrade, snapshots will allow you to restore your operating system. Install and configure Timeshift, and create a snapshot before proceeding with the upgrade.

  2. Kerry Culligan says:

    Problem upgrading from Mint 18.3 to Mint 19. locale: Cannot set LC_ALL: cannot change locale (en_US.UTF-8) and locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory.

    $ locale shows LC_ALL=en_US.utf-8
    • Aaron Kili says:


      Use the update-locale utility to update your system locale, for example:

      $ update-locale LANG=en_US.UTF-8

      To see all locales, use the command:

      $ locale -a
    • OldSchoolSkippa says:

      I use this command to install the package and choose the locale you said:

      $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales    (The default will probably be automatically set to en_US.utf-8)
  3. OldSchoolSkippa says:

    Thank you, this method worked fine. I lost no package functionality, not even in MySQL or Spyder with numerous Python packages. I got a message in the terminal that there were too many errors to complete install, but use the new updater to get correct packages.

    I did that, without rebooting first, and, after a couple of hours, it was done. When I rebooted, Mint 19 appeared on my boot menu (I use dual boot with Windows 10), and worked perfectly. Not much different from Mint 18.3, but a little smoother, faster, and crisper appearance.

  4. Alan Fisk says:

    Got as far as Step 9, performed $ sudo reboot, and the screen is now completely blank, with no display of any kind. I tried power off and restating, but there is still a completely blank screen.

    I seem to have lost my display entirely. What do I do now? (Note: I’m sending this from my wife’s Mac.)

  5. Kerry says:

    I tried to upgrade from Mint 18.3 to 19, following your instructions. All went well, answered Y, until all the downloaded packages were installed and the installation wanted some more packages.

    I noticed that my internet connection was disconnected part of the way through the install, and when the additional packages were requested, they were not available, because no internet. Installation failed :(

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Oh, sorry, you should always have steady and good internet connection when performing an upgrade. Any internet disconnection can result into failure like the one you experienced.

  6. Rick says:

    After using Linux Mint since 2011 I have to conclude that their so-called upgrade method is a hit and miss mess. I simply can’t understand why Clem and his team haven’t put their heads together and come up with something as simple and seamless as Ubuntu’s upgrade method from one release to another. I may well go back to Ubuntu and install MATE, my desktop of choice.

  7. Tomas says:

    I think installing from live DVD or Memory stick goes no very much faster. After clean installation you need download all packages from depository because this on distro sources are not actualized.

    Additionally you need re-install skype (if any) and Earth and so on.

    Or am I wrong?

  8. Bulat says:

    The article is very nice!

    But it seems that it is better (and easier!) to install the Linux Mint 19 directly from the distro. Isn’t?


    • Aaron Kili says:


      Yeah, a fresh installation is actually much easier. But a number of users actually prefer an upgrade. Thanks for the feedback.

      • Wäller says:

        I’d confirm that for my part. Tried the upgrade yesterday. Seem to go smooth but took very long. Started at 4pm and this morning at 6pm still seem to work or was stuck. Since nothing seem to went further I aborted and restored the system to 18.3.

        So I will proceed with my fresh iso installation on another partition. But anyway it is a great and easy to understand procedure. Thank you. :-)

  9. aram v nathan says:

    I tried to upgrade from v18.3 to v19. After initial success through formation of snapshots etc, when the command to upgrade was in process and the list of packages to be upgraded came up and a final query on “Do you want to continue?” the system presumed “n” as the answer instead of “y”, and the upgrade process naturally aborted.

  10. Dhinesh says:

    Nice article brother !!!

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