Updating from Raspbian Wheezy to Raspbian Jessie

WARNING: Upgrading to jessie using this method is not supported and could be at your own risk. Please backup your SD Card before starting!

First, open up the terminal and check you have the latest Raspbian Wheezy:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then type:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list and change wheezy to jessie so It reads:

deb http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org/raspbian/ jessie main contrib non-free rpi
# Uncomment line below then ‘apt-get update’ to enable ‘apt-get source’
#deb-src http://archive.raspbian.org/raspbian/ jessie main contrib non-free rpi

Save and then type:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/raspi.list

Change wheezy to jessie and add ui to the end so that it reads:

deb http://archive.raspberrypi.org/debian/ jessie main ui
# Uncomment line below then ‘apt-get update’ to enable ‘apt-get source’
#deb-src http://archive.raspberrypi.org/debian/ jessie main ui

Save and then type:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

sudo rpi-update

WARNING: Depending on your internet speed and space left on your SD Card this could take a long time!

Finally, type:

sudo reboot

Once your Pi has rebooted, type into the terminal:

cat /etc/os-release

You should see the following:

PRETTY_NAME=”Raspbian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie)”
NAME=”Raspbian GNU/Linux”
VERSION_ID=”8″
VERSION=”8 (jessie)”
ID=raspbian
ID_LIKE=debian
HOME_URL=”http://www.raspbian.org/”
SUPPORT_URL=”http://www.raspbian.org/RaspbianForums”
BUG_REPORT_URL=”http://www.raspbian.org/RaspbianBugs”

If you do, then you have successfully upgraded your system to Raspbian Jessie!

If you still see wheezy instead of jessie then you may not of upgraded properly! Repeat the process.

If you are having problems, please comment on this post!

Epic Chas Gamer 🙂

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About Epic Chas Gamer

I am a computer programmer who can create a mobile app for your website. I am also a Raspberry Pi expert and modern gamer, with Minecraft as my favourite. I develop ECG SeaSurf, a web browser only just released, crafting the future. The project is available for Windows and a BETA Linux version at coolchasgamer.wordpress.com/ecg-seasurf-unstable. I will also be voicing Shield Evil in "ECG Sir Wolf's Castle", as well as Chas and a few others. UPDATED ON 12th February 2017, at 14:46
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