Find OS Version in Linux

08-03-2019


Sometimes you need to know the operating system version you’re using. In Linux it’s easy to find with the following command in your terminal:

uname -a

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# Linux 1122b5dc6624 4.9.125-linuxkit #1 SMP Fri Sep 7 08:20:28 UTC 2018 x86_64 Linux

To find the distribution fo Linux (i.e. Ubuntu), in your terminal:

cat /etc/*release

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3.9.3
NAME="Alpine Linux"
ID=alpine
VERSION_ID=3.9.3
PRETTY_NAME="Alpine Linux v3.9"
HOME_URL="https://alpinelinux.org/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.alpinelinux.org/"