Silverblue is an operating system for your desktop built on Fedora. It’s excellent for daily use, development, and container-based workflows. It offers numerous advantages such as being able to roll back in case of any problems. If you want to update to Fedora 33 Beta on your Silverblue system, this article tells you how. It not only shows you what to do, but also how to revert back if anything unforeseen happens.

Prior the the update to Fedora 33 Beta it is best to apply any pending upgrades.

Updating using terminal

Because the Fedora 33 Beta is not available in GNOME Software, the whole upgrade must be done through terminal.

Updating to Fedora 33 Beta using terminal is easy. First, check if the 33 branch is available, which should be true now:

$ ostree remote refs fedora

You should see the following line in the output:


Next, rebase your system to the Fedora 33 branch.

$ rpm-ostree rebase fedora:fedora/33/x86_64/silverblue

Finally, the last thing to do is restart your computer and boot to Fedora 33 Beta.

How to revert things back

If anything bad happens — for instance, if you can’t boot to Fedora 33 Beta at all — it’s easy to go back. Just pick the previous entry in GRUB, and your system will start in its previous state before switching to Fedora 33 Beta. To make this change permanent, use the following command:

$ rpm-ostree rollback

That’s it. Now you know how to rebase to Fedora 33 Beta and back. So why not do it today?