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How to check the version of Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution using the command line?

How to check the version of Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution using the command line?

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Alexandre Calaça
·Jan 14, 2022·

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Introduction

The goal of this article is to check the version of Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution using the command line.

The "magic" command

The "magic" command is lsb_release.

Introduction

The most reliable command is lsb_release. lsb stands for Linux Standard Base and it displays information about a specific Linux distribution.

It's a simple and reliable tool to help to identify the Linux distribution being used.

There are other commands, however this one works on all Linux distributions.

Syntax

lsb_release [options]

The options

In order to know all the available options, type the following code in the terminal:

lsb_release -h

You'll get something like this: image.png

In case you want to copy it:

Options:
  -h, --help         show this help message and exit
  -v, --version      show LSB modules this system supports
  -i, --id           show distributor ID
  -d, --description  show description of this distribution
  -r, --release      show release number of this distribution
  -c, --codename     show code name of this distribution
  -a, --all          show all of the above information
  -s, --short        show requested information in short format

The most important options are -h, since it allows you to see all the available options, and -a, because it's going to show all the available information about the current Linux distribution.

Down to business

Open the terminal. Let's check some examples.

calaca@alexandre-calaca:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:    Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS
Release:    20.04
Codename:    focal

or

lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS
Release:    18.04
Codename:   bionic

Conclusion

In this article, it was possible to learn how to check the version of Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution using the command line.

Hope it was useful.

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