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How to check your Ubuntu Version?

Ubuntu is a popular open-source operating system. It is used widely by Linux lovers, and Its Gnome feature gives it a new edge to make it popular amongst other open-source systems.

When we open ubuntu, a question comes to mind, what version of ubuntu am I using? and then we start searching to know the version details.

In this article, we will learn to check the version of your current installed ubuntu. So, let's start by exploring.

Check Ubuntu Version using Gnome Graphics

It is one of the simplest ways to check the version, just go to the top corner of the desktop and click, and then select settings.

ubuntu version

After selecting settings, the following screen will be shown, click on the about section in the left menu, and it will show all the details of our current system.

ubuntu version

Check Ubuntu Version using hostnamectl command

The hostnamectl command can be used to check the current Ubuntu version as it returns all the details related to hostname settings.


Check Ubuntu Version using lsb_release command

The lsb_release command can be used to get the Ubuntu version. It returns distribution information of the operating system. Here, -a is used to print all the information.

lsb release

If we want to get only single-line information then use -d option with this command.

lsb release -d

Check Ubuntu Version using cat /etc/issue command

The cat command is used to display the content of a file. Here, we are using it to display the content of the /etc/issue file that contains system identification text.


Check Ubuntu Version using cat /etc/os-release command

If you are using the latest version of ubuntu 16 or higher, this command works for you. The os-release file contains information related to the operating system and its release.

ubuntu version


In this article, we learned how to know and get the Ubuntu version. We used Gnome graphics, lsb command, os-release, /etc/issue, etc files. I hope after reading the article, you can easily get your system version.