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Download, compile and install the latest stable kernel for your Linux system

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A Python tool for upgrade your kernel safely from

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How it works?

First of all, I designed this tool for speed-up kernel installation process, as the user has to perform a lot of commands and be careful (the process can crash your system if any step is not correctly completed).

So for this reason, I decided to implement a Python version of this process. The idea is simple: download, compile and install a new kernel (if available) without user interaction, but showing warnings and errors.

Basically, this program has three blocks:

  1. Kernel downloading and decompression: the program will look for a newer stable version of the kernel at If there is a newer one, it will download and decompress it (if there is enough space available).
  2. Kernel configuration and compilation: once the kernel is decompressed, this application will look for the actual boot config, copy it to the new kernel location and adapt it to the new configuration available at the new version. Then, this app will start compiling kernel.
  3. Kernel installation: after all the compiling process, now it is the easiest part: installing the new kernel. For this, the application will use dpkg in order to adapt and install required dependencies for the new kernel.

If you want to know what commands is the program using, you can find them at file.

How to install

You have some alternatives to install this application (both requires admin access - '#'' means admin access granted):

  • Using pip. For that purpose, just run in your terminal:
pip install KernelUpgrader # It is important to use "pip" from Python 3

To use Python 3 PIP, you must install pip3:

apt-get install pip3 # Assuming that you have Python 3 installed
apt-get install python3

If you find that pip installs dependencies in Python 2, in most cases the following syntax works:

python3 -m pip install KernelUpgrader
  • Using the file: First, you have to obtain the correspondent version. You can get it via wget or using git (as shown below):
apt-get install wget unzip # If "wget" and "unzip" is not installed
cd KernelUpgrader-master/
apt-get install git # If "git" is not installed
git clone
cd KernelUpgrader

Now, for both processes, we just need to run:

python3 install # We are using "python3" as "python" means "Python 2"

How to update?

In order to update to a newer version of KernelUpgrader, we must do:

# If installed via "pip"
pip install -U KernelUpgrader
# If the above one not works
python3 -m pip install -U KernelUpgrader
# If installed via "wget" or "git"
# We must follow the steps in "How to install" until the "cd" command and then run:
python3 install # This automatically updates the application

How to use it?

Once the application is installed you now should be able to run it from command line, typing:

kernel_upgrader # or
sudo kernel_upgrader

Read GoodPractices in order to make the usage of this application even easier.

I found an error or I want to contribute

I would love to see how my application grows up, so feel free to create your own version of this app. Just fork it and make all the changes you want 😄

Also if you want to add a new functionality or solve a bug, you are free to open a pull request so I can merge the changes you have done.

How can I help?

  • Feel free to follow me at GitHub 👥: I create a lot of projects and maybe you find someone interesting.
  • Start ⭐ this project if you find it helpful 😄
  • Share it with the people you think they will find interesting my job 🗣


This project is under GNU General Public License v3.0. You can read all permissions, limitations and conditions by clicking here

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