How To Check the Kernel Version in Linux / Ubuntu / CentOS

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In this article and related video, we will be discussing how to check the kernel version in both Ubuntu and CentOS Linux. The following command works with all Linux distributions, such as Red Hat, CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu. It also works on other UNIX-like operating systems such as HPUX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, etc. Use the following command to check which kernel version your server is currently running:


Here’s the code to run from the command line:

uname -r
You should receive a result similar to the following:


The kernel version output from above
can be interpreted with the following key:
2 = The Main Kernel Version
6 = The Major Revision
32 = The Minor Revision
431.11.2.el6 = The Minor Fix/Revision Detail

For more information and options, we can review the manual page (or simply the man page) for uname. The man page provides the following additional information:

NAME: uname - print system information
DESCRIPTION: Print certain system information. With no OPTION, same as -s.
-a, --all
print all information, in the following order, except omit -p and -i if unknown:
-s, --kernel-name
print the kernel name
-n, --nodename
print the network node hostname
-r, --kernel-release
print the kernel release
-v, --kernel-version
print the kernel version
-m, --machine
print the machine hardware name
-p, --processor
print the processor type (non-portable)
-i, --hardware-platform
print the hardware platform (non-portable)
-o, --operating-system
print the operating system
--help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
Full documentation at: <>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) uname invocation'


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