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How to Find Your Raspberry Pi OS (Raspbian) Version

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September 8, 2023
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When you’ve got so many Raspberry Pi’s laying around, it’s easy to forget which version of Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspbian) you’re running. In this guide, I’ll show you how to find which version of Raspberry Pi OS is running on your Raspberry Pi.

Note: If you’re not using Raspberry Pi OS, visit this guide to check your Linux version (and distribution).

1 – Open a shell on your Pi

To begin, let’s open a shell on your Raspberry Pi. You do this via SSH or using Terminal from your Raspberry Pi Desktop.

2 – Find operating system details in /etc/os-release

If you’ve got a shell open on your Pi, you can run the following:

cat /etc/os-release

This will print relevant operating system details, including the version and name of the release.

PRETTY_NAME="Raspbian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)"
NAME="Raspbian GNU/Linux"
VERSION="10 (buster)"

There are a few pieces of relevant information here. We can see the Raspbian/Debian version id “10” plus the codename “buster”.


How to Set Up a New Raspberry Pi

Start using that brand new Pi!
howchoo   (431)
November 21, 2023

So you just got your brand new Raspberry Pi. Awesome! This guide will show you how to set up a brand new Raspberry Pi. We will cover everything from the basic accessories to installing Raspberry Pi OS to logging in via SSH and more! This guide will work for any Raspberry Pi model. Raspberry Pi Models

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