How To Check Ubuntu Version

There are couple of ways to check which version of Ubuntu you are running. Also which version of Linux kernel and is it 32 bit or 64 bit. Also I will give you couple of more terminal commands that will print some useful system info. Most of those commands can be used on other distribution as well.

Check Ubuntu version from GUI

Here are the steps to achieve the task:
1. Click on Settings menu either from top right menu or from button in left bar.
2. This will open System Settings dialog window.
3. Click on Details icon which is in the System category. Look into screen shot for more details.
4. This will open System Version Dialog where you can see which version of Ubuntu are you running. Also you will be able to see processor, RAM, HDD and whatever you run 32 or 64 bit version of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Version System Settings Dialog

Ubuntu Version Dialog Check

Check Ubuntu version from terminal

Unity in Ubuntu doesn’t render a true version number, but only a partial. If you need a full version number like 14.10.4 you need to use the terminal method only. Also terminal command works on Ubuntu Server or via SSH when you don’t have GUI. You can execute command lsb_release -a or print the file /etc/lsb-release using commands more or cat.

howopensource@esprimo:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 14.10
Release:	14.10
Codename:	utopic

howopensource@esprimo:~$ more /etc/lsb-release

Ubuntu Version Command

Check Ubuntu Version via Terminal Command

Above commands give you detail information about Ubuntu version. There are couple of more commands that do the similar task.

howopensource@esprimo:~$ more /etc/ 
Ubuntu 14.10

howopensource@esprimo:~$ more /etc/issue
Ubuntu 14.10 \n \l

As you probably know Ubuntu is based on Debian. Here is the command to check Debian version which is based on.

howopensource@esprimo:~$ more /etc/debian_version

Some other useful commands to check system info

How to check whether a given Linux is 32 bit or 64 bit. And the easiest way is.

howopensource@esprimo:~$ getconf LONG_BIT

How to find the kernel version running.

howopensource@esprimo:~$ uname -r

Other useful command is lscpu which displays information on CPU architecture.

howopensource@esprimo:~$ lscpu
Architecture:          i686
CPU op-mode(s):        32-bit, 64-bit
Byte Order:            Little Endian
CPU(s):                2
On-line CPU(s) list:   0,1
Thread(s) per core:    1
Core(s) per socket:    2
Socket(s):             1
Vendor ID:             GenuineIntel
CPU family:            6
Model:                 23
Stepping:              10
CPU MHz:               1999.000
BogoMIPS:              6333.33
Virtualization:        VT-x
L1d cache:             32K
L1i cache:             32K
L2 cache:              6144K

  • udit

    Thanks for sharing this information, Can you please provide me some info about upgrading current version to 14.04 LTS for desktop and server? Current version is 10.04.1 LTS (lucid). Thanks

  • Badal Singh

    How to find Linux name and version if you don’t know which linux box you are working on: