Installing updates from the LVFS

This guide will show you how to install updates from the LVFS (Linux Vendor Firmware Service), a secure web service that will allow you to securely download and install updates.

Installation

Open a terminal window and enter the below commands:

On Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS, Zorin OS and other Ubuntu derivatives:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:starlabs/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install fwupd fwupd-gui

On Arch Linux, Manjaro and other Arch derivates:

sudo pacman -Sy fwupd fwupd-efi gnome-firmware

On Debian and other derivatives:

echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/starlabs/ppa/ubuntu bionic main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/starlabs-ubuntu-ppa-bionic.list
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 17A20BAF70BEC3904545ACFF8F21C26C794386E3
sudo apt update
sudo apt install fwupd 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.
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You can check for updates by clicking on the hamburger menu, then selecting "Check for Updates".
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Enter password

Click on the install button. If prompted, enter your password.

Reboot

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.

Certain updates require confirmation when they are installed. This will appear as a grey screen with blue text. If you see this screen, please select Proceed with Flash Update.

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
Reboot

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.

Certain updates require confirmation when they are installed. This will appear as a grey screen with blue text. If you see this screen, please select Proceed with Flash Update.

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
Jul 29, 2021

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