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How to check your Ubuntu Version
This tutorial is also available for:centos
When you login to an Ubuntu system for the first time, before doing any work it is always a good idea to check what version of Ubuntu is running on the machine.
New Ubuntu releases come out every 6 months, while LTS (Long Term Support) releases occur every two years. LTS versions are supported for 5 years on both desktop and the server, other standard releases are supported for 9 months.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to find your Ubuntu version. There are several ways to check what version of Ubuntu you are running. You can either check from the command line or from within the graphical interface.
How to check Ubuntu version from the command line
This is the preferred method and will work no matter which desktop environment or Ubuntu version you are running.
Follow the steps below to check Ubuntu version from the command line:
Open your terminal either by using the
Ctrl+Alt+Tkeyboard shortcut or by clicking on the terminal icon.
lsb_release -acommand to display the Ubuntu version.
No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Release: 18.04 Codename: bionic
Your Ubuntu version will be shown in the Description line. As you can see from the output above I am using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
Alternatively, you can also use the following commands to print your Ubuntu version.
The following command will display the contents of the
/etc/issue which contains a system identification text:
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS \n \l
/etc/os-release is a file which contain operating system identification data, and can be found only on the newer Ubuntu versions running systemd.
This method will work only if you have Ubuntu 16.04 or newer:
NAME="Ubuntu" VERSION="18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)" ID=ubuntu ID_LIKE=debian PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 18.04 LTS" VERSION_ID="18.04" HOME_URL="https://www.ubuntu.com/" SUPPORT_URL="https://help.ubuntu.com/" BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/" PRIVACY_POLICY_URL="https://www.ubuntu.com/legal/terms-and-policies/privacy-policy" VERSION_CODENAME=bionic UBUNTU_CODENAME=bionic
hostnamectl is a command that allows you to set the hostname but you can also use it to find your Ubuntu version.
This command will work only on Ubuntu 16.04 or newer:
Static hostname: linuxize Icon name: computer-vm Chassis: vm Machine ID: f1ce51f447c84509a86afc3ccf17fa24 Boot ID: 2b3cd5003e064382a754b1680991040d Virtualization: kvm Operating System: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Kernel: Linux 4.15.0-22-generic Architecture: x86-64
How to check Ubuntu version from the Gnome desktop
Gnome is the default desktop environment in Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver). Previous versions of Ubuntu used Unity as the default desktop environment.
Follow the steps below to check your Ubuntu version if you are using Gnome:
Open the system settings window by clicking on the
Settingsicon as shown in the image bellow:
In the system settings window click on the
Your Ubuntu version will be shown under the orange Ubuntu logo.
In this guide we have shown you how to find the version of Ubuntu installed on your system.
If you are running Ubuntu 16.04, and you want to upgrade Ubuntu 18.04, check the following instructions:
For more information on Ubuntu releases visit the Ubuntu Releases page.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.