The version of grub2 on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is 1.99-21ubuntu3.19, as shown below:

me@D0:~$ grub-install --version
grub-install (GRUB) 1.99-21ubuntu3.19

How can I install the latest version of grub2, like the one installed on Ubuntu 16.04, on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

  • May I ask Why do you need latest grub?
    – Anwar
    Sep 12, 2016 at 16:49
  • @Anwar I need some added features to latest versions of grub2 regarding freebsd support Sep 12, 2016 at 16:53
  • @ElderGeek I need to upgrade from grub2 1.99-21ubuntu3.19 to grub2 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.3 Sep 12, 2016 at 17:36
  • See my answer..
    – Elder Geek
    Sep 12, 2016 at 17:38

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If you truly feel the need to update grub2 from v.199 to 2.02 I suggest that you upgrade to either trusty or xenial. This will have the added benefit of providing you with a system that will be in support for over a year instead of under a year.



  • Would it be risky to build and install grub2 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.3 by the source code? Sep 12, 2016 at 17:39
  • Do you really wish to coninue using a version which will be out of support come April? Like all endeavors, it's only risky if you don't backup
    – Elder Geek
    Sep 12, 2016 at 17:40
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    Like all endeavors, it's only risky if you don't backup
    – Elder Geek
    Sep 12, 2016 at 18:41
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    Elder Geek is right, backup and test if all the software works, restore and file bugs or support request for that "enterprise" software if it doesn't.
    – LiveWireBT
    Sep 12, 2016 at 21:38
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    @ElderGeek I ended up doing a release upgrade from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. Now my grub version is 2.02 (>1.99) as I wanted. Looks like my software work fine. The only point is that my graphics hardware is old and graphical desktop environment on 14.04 LTS is very slow. But it doesn't matter, I use TWM anyway. Sep 15, 2016 at 9:47

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