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Keeping your system up to date mostly involves invoking more than a single package manager. This usually results in big shell one-liners saved in your shell history. Topgrade tries to solve this problem by detecting which tools you use and run their appropriate package managers.


Arch Linux users can use the AUR package.

macOS users can install topgrade via Homebrew.

Other systems users can either use cargo install or use the compiled binaries from the release page. The compiled binaries contain a self-upgrading feature.

Topgrade isn't guaranteed to work on Rust versions older than the latest stable release. If you intend to install Topgrade using Cargo then you should either install Rust using rustup or use a distribution which ships the latest version of Rust, such as Arch Linux.


Just run topgrade. It will run the following steps:

  • Try to self-upgrade if compiled with this feature. On Unix systems Topgrade will also respawn itself if it was upgraded
  • Linux: Run the system package manager:
    • Arch: Run yay or fall back to pacman
    • CentOS/RHEL: Run yum upgrade
    • Fedora - Run dnf upgrade
    • Debian/Ubuntu: Run apt update && apt dist-upgrade
    • Gentoo: Run layman -s ALL && emerge --sync -q && eix-update && emerge -uDNa world
    • openSUSE: Run zypper refresh && zypper dist-upgrade
  • Linux: Run etc-update:
  • FreeBSD: Upgrade and audit packages
  • Unix: Run brew update && brew upgrade. This should handle both Homebrew and Linuxbrew
  • Unix: Run nix upgrade-nix && nix --upgrade.
  • Windows: Upgrade Powershell modules
  • Windows: Upgrade all Chocolatey packages
  • Windows: Upgrade all Scoop packages
  • Check if the following paths are tracked by Git. If so, pull them:
    • ~/.emacs.d (Should work whether you use Spacemacs or a custom configuration)
    • ~/.zshrc
    • ~/.oh-my-zsh
    • ~/.tmux
    • ~/.config/fish
    • ~/.config/nvim
    • ~/.vim
    • ~/.config/openbox
    • Powershell Profile
    • Custom defined paths
  • Unix: Run zplug update
  • Unix: Run fisher
  • Unix: Upgrade tmux plugins with TPM
  • Update Rustup by running rustup update. This will also attempt to run rustup self update when Rustup is installed inside the home directory.
  • Run Cargo install-update
  • Upgrade Emacs packages (You'll get a better output if you have Paradox installed)
  • Upgrade OCaml packages
  • Upgrade Python packages installed using pipx
  • Upgrade R globally installed packages
  • Upgrade Vim/Neovim packages. Works with the following plugin frameworks:
  • Node
    • Run yarn global update if yarn is installed.
    • Run npm update -g if NPM is installed and npm root -g is a path inside your home directory.
  • Run composer global update if Composer's home directory is inside the home directory of the user.
  • Upgrade Atom packages
  • Run gem upgrade --user-install if ~/.gem exists
  • Linux: Update Flatpak packages
  • Linux: Update snap packages
  • Linux: Run fwupdmgr to show firmware upgrade. (View only. No upgrades will actually be performed)
  • Run custom defined commands
  • Final stage
    • Linux: Run needrestart
    • Windows: Run Windows Update (You'll have to install PSWindowsUpdate)
    • macOS: Upgrade App Store applications
    • FreeBSD: Run freebsd-upgrade


  • -t/--tmux - Topgrade will launch itself in a new tmux session. This flag has no effect if Topgrade already runs inside tmux. This is useful when using topgrade on remote systems.
  • -n/--dry-run - Print what should be run.
  • --no-system - Skip the system upgrade phase.
  • --no-git-repos - Don't pull custom git repositories.
  • --no-emacs - Don't upgrade Emacs packages or configuration files.


You can place a configuration file at ~/.config/topgrade.toml (on macOS ~/Library/Preferences/topgrade.toml).. Here's an example:

git_repos = [

"Emacs Snapshot" = "rm -rf ~/.emacs.d/elpa.bak && cp -rl ~/.emacs.d/elpa ~/.emacs.d/elpa.bak"

"Python Environment" = "~/dev/.env/bin/pip install -i https://pypi.python.org/simple -U --upgrade-strategy eager jupyter"
  • git_repos - A list of custom Git repositories to pull
  • pre_commands - Commands to execute before starting any action. If any command fails, Topgrade will not proceed
  • commands - Custom upgrade steps. If any command fails it will be reported in the summary as all upgrade steps are reported, but it will not cause Topgrade to stop.