Unattended Upgrades - Linux auto updates

October 24, 2021 15:16


sudo apt install unattended-upgrades apt-listchanges



In /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades uncomment:

Unattended-Upgrade::Mail "root";

…to allow a regulary report about the updates.

More aggressive!

You also may modify the Unattended-Upgrade::Allowed-Origins array to only include a…


…this will allow automatic updates for basically all packages - make sure to have backups!

Auto cleanups & more

Well, just uncomment & modify these in the config (I just recommend this settings):

Unattended-Upgrade::Remove-Unused-Kernel-Packages "true";
Unattended-Upgrade::Remove-New-Unused-Dependencies "true";
Unattended-Upgrade::Remove-Unused-Dependencies "true";
Unattended-Upgrade::AutoFixInterruptedDpkg "true";
Unattended-Upgrade::MinimalSteps "true";

Automatic reboots

Also when you are configuring this on an e.g. containerized environment or webserver (basically everything except of root-/gameservers), you may also want to enable automatic reboots (uncomment & modify these):

Unattended-Upgrade::Automatic-Reboot "true";
Unattended-Upgrade::Automatic-Reboot-WithUsers "false";
Unattended-Upgrade::Automatic-Reboot-Time "02:00";


Test with (check for the matching string messages!!!):

sudo unattended-upgrade --debug --dry-run

Activate it

Contradictionary to the name “unattended-upgrades”, the package is NOT active by default! You have to run those commands to really enable unattended upgrades:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure -plow unattended-upgrades

Or if you are too lazy to select “Yes” - run this non-interactive:

echo "set unattended-upgrades/enable_auto_updates true" | sudo debconf-communicate
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -f noninteractive unattended-upgrades