Red Hat Enterprise Linux Upgrade Helper

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This application assists you to upgrade your Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with the following upgrade paths and architectures.

The supported minor release number for the upgrade is different upon the system architecture.

  • RHEL 6.10 into RHEL 7.9
    • 64-bit Intel
    • IBM POWER, big endian
    • 64-bit IBM Z
  • RHEL 7.9 into RHEL 8.4 or RHEL 8.6
    • 64-bit Intel
    • IBM POWER 8, little endian
    • 64-bit IBM Z
  • RHEL 7.6 into RHEL 8.4
    • IBM POWER 9 , little endian
    • IBM Z (Structure A)
  • RHEL 8.6 into RHEL 9.0
    • 64-bit Intel, AMD, and ARM
    • IBM POWER, little endian
    • 64-bit IBM Z

The only information you need to provide are your upgrade path, system architecture, and repository type. This application shows you:

  • The basic steps to upgrade Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Extra steps that prevent known issues specific to your upgrade scenario


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I have version 5.9 and was looking for upgrade paths

Hi Carl, We do not support the update from RHEL 5 to RHEL 7. Thanks.

i have a version RHEL 7.3 and how i can upgrade to RHEL 7.4

Hi John,

This tool only support the RHEL upgrade from 6 to 7.

If your system has been registered to RHSM, it is very easy for you to upgrade RHEL from 7.3 to 7.4 beta (7.4 hasn't been released yet).

  1. Backup your important data.
  2. Run the following commands to upgrade:

      # yum clean all
      # yum update
  3. After successful completion of above commands just reboot your system.

      # reboot

Hi is there a solution to roll back the upgrade from rhel 7 to 6 ?

Hi Michael,

Downgrade is not in the scope of this application. You may want to open a support case to pursue a solution for your problem.

Thanks, Dong

While running pre-check getting error: The module checks for EFI and it forbids an in-place upgrade when the EFI boot loader is present. Is there any fix ?