How to Check Your Ubuntu Version

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The following command works with all Ubuntu versions. If you’d like to check your kernel version then visit our tutorial on How To Check the Kernel Version in Linux / Ubuntu / CentOS

lsb_release -a

You should receive a result similar to the following:

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS
Release:        14.04
Codename:       trusty

The output can be interpreted with the following key:

14 – Year Released
04 – Month Released
1 – Minor Revision
LTS means “Long Term Support”. Every fourth release, in the second quarter of even-numbered years, is designated as such. This indicates they will be supported and receive updates for five years.

Need more information on the kernel version? Visit our tutorial on How To Check the Kernel Version in Linux / Ubuntu / CentOS

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As a previous contributor, JMays shares his insight with our Knowledge Base center. In our Knowledge Base, you'll be able to find how-to articles on Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora and much more!

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