Installing updates from the LVFS

The LVFS is a secure web service that allows users to securely download metadata about available updates and optionally, the updates themselves.

This guide will show you how to install updates from the LVFS (Linux Vendor Firmware Service).


Open the Gnome Launcher and click on Terminal. Once Terminal is open, run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:starlabs/ppa

sudo apt update

sudo apt install fwupd-gui


Graphical Method:

Open Firmware Update. All supported devices will be listed in the left menu. If an update is available, you can install it using the button at the bottom right.


You can check for updates by clicking on the hamburger menu, then selecting "Check for Updates".


Terminal Method:

Check for Updates

From your terminal window, type in the below command:

fwupdmgr refresh

Install Updates

From your terminal window, type in the below command:

fwupdmgr update

Enter password

Click on the install button.

If prompted, enter your password.


The update will install upon the next reboot cycle.

Make sure power stays connected during the update.

This may take 2-3 minutes to complete.

Do not power off the machine during the update.

Enable testing updates (optional)

If you would like to test the latest updates before their official release, type the below command into your terminal window:

fwupdmgr enable-remote lvfs-testing

Aug 6, 2020