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How to Check Linux Version in Ubuntu

How to Check Linux Version in Ubuntu

To check the Linux version in Ubuntu, run the lsb_release -a or cat /etc/os-release command. This is useful when accessing a host for the first time or checking the running Linux distribution and version.

This blog post shows examples of 2 ways to check the Linux version of Ubuntu:
# Method 1: lsb_release -a
# Method 2: cat /etc/os-release

The demo you see here was done on Ubuntu WSL. Note that the hostnamectl command does not work when running Ubuntu on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Method 1: lsb_release -a

The lsb_release command is a simple way to check the version of Linux that is running on your system. To use it, open a terminal and run the following command:

# check linux version on ubuntu
lsb_release -a
Ubuntu lsb_release

Method 2: cat /etc/os-release

Another way to check your Linux version is to display the contents of the /etc/os-release file on your system. To do this, run the following command in your terminal:

# check linux version on ubuntu
cat /etc/os-release
Ubuntu /etc/os-release

To find out more about WSL and Ubuntu, check out my WSL Ubuntu tag. You’ll find random blog posts on using and managing Ubuntu within Windows Subsystem for Linux.