distrobox-upgrade - Man Page

Examples (TL;DR)

Description

distrobox-upgrade will enter the specified list of containers and will perform an upgrade using the container’s package manager.

Synopsis

distrobox upgrade

--help/-h:      show this message
--all/-a:       perform for all distroboxes
--running:      perform only on running distroboxes
--root/-r:      launch podman/docker/lilipod with root privileges. Note that if you need root this is the preferred
            way over "sudo distrobox" (note: if using a program other than 'sudo' for root privileges is necessary,
            specify it through the DBX_SUDO_PROGRAM env variable, or 'distrobox_sudo_program' config variable)
--verbose/-v:       show more verbosity
--version/-V:       show version

Examples

Upgrade all distroboxes

distrobox-upgrade --all

Upgrade all running distroboxes

distrobox-upgrade --all --running

Upgrade a specific distrobox

distrobox-upgrade alpine-linux

Upgrade a list of distroboxes

distrobox-upgrade alpine-linux ubuntu22 my-distrobox123

Automatically update all distro

You can create a systemd service to perform distrobox-upgrade automatically, this example shows how to run it daily:

~/.config/systemd/user/distrobox-upgrade.service

[Unit]
Description=distrobox-upgrade Automatic Update

[Service]
Type=simple
ExecStart=distrobox-upgrade --all
StandardOutput=null

~/.config/systemd/user/distrobox-upgrade.timer

[Unit]
Description=distrobox-upgrade Automatic Update Trigger

[Timer]
OnBootSec=1h
OnUnitInactiveSec=1d

[Install]
WantedBy=timers.target

Then simply do a systemctl --user daemon-reload && systemctl --user enable --now distrobox-upgrade.timer

Info

Nov 2023 Distrobox User Manual