How to Check Your Ubuntu Version

Confirm your edition with a simple command.
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So you've got a machine running Ubuntu. If it's been a while since you set up Ubuntu (or maybe you're just curious), you probably need to check what version you're running. This can be a useful tool for deciding whether or not it's time to update Ubuntu or just determining whether or not specific software is compatible.

Note: If you're not using Ubuntu, visit this guide to check your Linux version (and distribution).

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To check your version of Ubuntu, open a Terminal window. You can use the app icon or launch it using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T.

In the Terminal window, enter the following line:

lsb_release -a command

Press Enter or Return. Your Ubuntu version number will be listed on the Description line.

If you're using a version more recent than 16.04, the following command will also provide your version number in Terminal:


Users who make use of the GNOME desktop environment can find the current version listed under Settings. Choose the Details tab to confirm the exact version number.

Get your favorite open-source OS on the Pi.
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If you've got a Raspberry Pi, you may want an Ubuntu desktop. Ubuntu is a classic open-source Linux OS, and it seems to run on just about everything.