There are at times when we need to check the Ubuntu version that we are using. For example, if you are going to install a new application on your computer. And it requires a specefic Ubuntu version, then in such cases you can easily make sure that you are using the right version. But what if you are not sure, how to check the version of Ubuntu?
Well, in this article I am going to help you with this only. There are a bunch of ways that you can follow to check Ubuntu’s version. For example, you can use the command line to get the details. Or you can do it via the graphical interface.
No matter what way you prefer, in this article, I am going to show a detailed way to check the Ubuntu version. So let’s just head into the topic without wasting much of the time:
How to check the version of Ubuntu?
Use Command Line To Check Ubuntu’s Version:
There is a utility tool called lsb_releases, or the Linux Standard Base can help you to get Ubuntu’s version details. Even this is the most preferred way to check Ubuntu’s version details. Plus, the best part of this utility tool is that it will work with every desktop environment that you are using.
To get started with this utility tool, you can follow these steps:
- At first, open Terminal. You can do it by simply pressing CTRL+ALT+T button together. Or you can click on the terminal icon.
- Now over here, type down this following command and hit the enter button: lsb_release –a
- Once you run the command, the output should look like this:
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
Your Ubuntu version will be shown over here. As you can see that I have installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on my computer. Even to make this thing quicker, you can simply display the description only. For this, you have to use this following command:
And the output for this program would be this:
Description: Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
How to check the version of Ubuntu Using Graphically Interface?
Apart from the command line, you can also check the ubuntu’s version through the graphical interface. And it is one of the easiest ways that you can try out. Although, the steps would vary between what kind of desktop environment you are using.
Hence, it is always a good idea to use the command line. But yes, you can go ahead and give these below steps a go and see how they are working for you. So here we go:
- First of all, click on the start menu.
- Then search for the System Settings or Settings.
- Open settings and go to the About tab. (You will automatically land into this tab only. But in case if you do not, click on the About tab.)
- Over here, you will find your Ubuntu version. Along with some other details like your Process, graphics, memory, and so on.
How to know Ubuntu’s version along with the system information?
With the Linux command line, there are quite a lot of things that you can do. And yes, you can use it to get Ubuntu’s version along with the system information. There are quite a lot of utility tools available for the job. However, I personally like to use this utility tool called Neofetch.
The best part of the tool is that it offers you essential information in a really cool way. Like you will get the system information along with the logo of your Linux distro. Plus, the tool works with all the Linux distros out there.
To get started with Neofetch, you will first need to install it on your computer. To do so, use this following command:
sudo apt install neofetch
After that, the utility tool will get installed on your Linux machine. Once done, you can use the neofetch command in the terminal and get all the necessary information.
As you can see over here that Neofetch is displaying you details like Linux Kernal version, Desktop environment, your processor details, and so on.
So that was all for your question How to check the version of Ubuntu. Now go ahead and check these methods out and see how they are working for you. Also, if there is anything you would like to ask me, do feel free to comment below.