Need to check which Ubuntu version you’re on? There are a couple of different ways you can find out, and in this post we detail them.

Remember to check Ubuntu version before you follow any online guides, download apps, or troubleshoot issues.

Below you’ll find command line and GUI methods to quickly check Ubuntu version number. Better yet: the command line portion of this guide works on Ubuntu-based Linux distributions like Linux Mint, elementary OS, Zorin OS and Peppermint OS.

Read on to learn how to check Ubuntu version (and see some other system information too) without installing any additional apps (though I will recommend an excellent one at the end).

Checking Ubuntu Version From the Terminal

command to check ubuntu version

If you’re comfortable with the command line then it couldn’t be any easier to quickly find your Ubuntu version using bash:

  1. Open a Terminal Window

    You can open a terminal using the ctrl + alt + t keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘Terminal’ in the Applications screen.

  2. Run lsb_release -a

    From the command line run the lsb_release -a command to show your Ubuntu version number. It will look something like this:

This bash command will tell you everything you need to know: Ubuntu version number, whether you run 32 or 64 bit Ubuntu, and more.

Check Ubuntu Version GUI Way

see ubuntu version in system settings > details > about on ubuntu 19.04

Okay, maybe you really don’t like using the command line. No worries; the you can also learn which version of Ubuntu you’re on using the built-in System Settings app:

  1. Open System Settings
  2. Go to Details > About

Here you’ll see a screen like this, showing you all the pertinent information pertaining to your particular install, atop of which is a big, bold version number!

Now, if you’re not using Ubuntu this step will vary slightly depending on the quality of your distribution’s built-in settings app. So you may instead prefer to follow the bonus tip, below.

Pro Tip: Use Neofetch!

Neofetch screenshot on Ubuntu

The Neofetch system info tool is one of my TOP Ubuntu app picks because it’s both eminently useful and so very nice to look at!

If you’re running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or later — and by this point you should now know which Ubuntu version you’re on 😉 — you can install Neofetch using the Software app, or by clicking this button:

Click to install Neofetch on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

To run Neofetch, and see a bunch of information about your system in one command, just issue the neofetch command in the terminal and behold the nerdtastic result, including the ability to check kernel version.

This post is part of our Ubuntu Basics series aimed at helping new users become familiar with Ubuntu.
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