Upgrade Mikrotik OS via Fetch Tool

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Upgrade Mikrotik OS via Fetch Tool

December 9, 2015 | Article | No Comments

Mikrotik, a Linux-based operating system designed for router. This operating system is the OS that powering proprietary hardware Mikrotik RouterBoard. If the previous article we discuss about how to install Mikrotik OS on x86 / PC on Virtual Machine, in this article we will discuss about how to upgrade OS. Specifically, the method we use is manually fetch the upgrade package.

The tools we need use in this article, are:

  1. Oracle VirtualBox 4.26 (you can also use the latest version)
  2. MikrotikOS 5.18

Preparation & Explanation

There are some condition should be applied before doing this method. The machine should connected to internet directly, no firewall which block download access. At least, make sure your routerboard can download a package or ping to the world.

The version we will upgrade to is 6.1 from any version.


Boot up Mikrotik and input your credentials. The default Mikrotik use username admin without password.

Write this into terminal:

/tool fetch url="http://download2.mikrotik.com/routeros/6.1/routeros-x86-6.1.npk" mode=http

Wait until the download finished. You should see “status: finished” when it is done.

Now restart your Mikrotik to begin auto upgrade.

/system reboot

When you relogin to your machine, you should see that the machine now have version 6.1. Congratulation 🙂

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