Update VyOS

New system images can be added using the add system image command. The command will extract the chosen image and will prompt you to use the current system configuration and SSH security keys, allowing for the new image to boot using the current configuration.


Only LTS releases are PGP-signed.

add system image <url | path> [username user [password pass]]

Use this command to install a new system image. You can reach the image from the web (http://, https://) or from your local system, e.g. /tmp/vyos-1.2.3-amd64.iso.

If URL in question requires authentication, you can specify an optional username and password via the commandline which will be passed as “Basic-Auth” to the server.

If there is not enough free disk space available, the installation will be canceled. To delete images use the delete system image command.

VyOS configuration is associated to each image, and each image has a unique copy of its configuration. This is different than a traditional network router where the configuration is shared across all images.


If you have any personal files, like some scripts you created, and you don’t want them to be lost during the upgrade, make sure those files are stored in /config as this directory is always copied to newer installed images.

You can access files from a previous installation and copy them to your current image if they were located in the /config directory. This can be done using the copy command. So, for instance, in order to copy /config/config.boot from VyOS 1.2.1 image, you would use the following command:

copy file 1.2.1://config/config.boot to /tmp/config.boot.1.2.1


vyos@vyos:~$ add system image https://downloads.vyos.io/rolling/current/amd64/vyos-rolling-latest.iso
Trying to fetch ISO file from https://downloads.vyos.io/rolling/current/amd64/vyos-rolling-latest.iso
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  338M  100  338M    0     0  3837k      0  0:01:30  0:01:30 --:--:-- 3929k
ISO download succeeded.
Checking for digital signature file...
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0
curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 404 Not Found

Unable to fetch digital signature file.
Do you want to continue without signature check? (yes/no) [yes]
Checking MD5 checksums of files on the ISO image...OK.

What would you like to name this image? [vyos-1.3-rolling-201912201452]:

OK.  This image will be named: vyos-1.3-rolling-201912201452


The most up-do-date Rolling Release for AMD64 can be accessed using the following URL:

After reboot you might want to verify the version you are running with the show version command.