Ubuntu Pro

Ubuntu Pro is an enterprise subscription from Canonical Ltd that provides (among other features) extended security support after the standard end-of-life date. This is also referred to as Extended Security Maintenance (ESM).


  1. Purchase an Ubuntu Pro license for Physical servers with unlimited VMs for the relevant Ubuntu version. A license cannot be purchased for VPS (like Linode).

  2. SSH into the server as the root user.

  3. Install the Ubuntu Pro Client:

    apt install ubuntu-advantage-tools
  4. Attach the licence key:

    pro attach TOKEN
  5. Disable advertisements:

    pro config set apt_news=false