Red Hat Enterprise Linux Upgrade Helper

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This application helps you upgrade your Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 into RHEL 7 and RHEL 7 into RHEL 8. The only information you need to provide is your upgrade path. This application shows you:

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

The minor release number for the upgrade is different upon the architecture.
This application supports the following upgrade paths:

  • For the 64-bit Intel and IBM Z systems:
    • RHEL 6.10 to RHEL 7.9
    • RHEL 7.9 to RHEL 8.2
  • For the IBM POWER (big endian):
    • RHEL 6.10 to RHEL 7.9
  • For the IBM POWER 8 (little endian):
    • RHEL 7.9 to RHEL 8.2
  • For the 64-bit ARM, IBM POWER 9 (little endian), IBM Z (Structure A) which require kernel version 4.14:
    • RHEL 7.6 to RHEL 8.2


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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 ?