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.
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
If you’re comfortable with the command line then it couldn’t be any easier to quickly find your Ubuntu version using bash:
- Open a Terminal Window
You can open a terminal using the
tkeyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘Terminal’ in the Applications screen.
From the command line run the
lsb_release -acommand 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
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:
- Open System Settings
- 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!
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:
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.