Linux Mint

What Version of Linux Mint Am I Running?

If you are a regular computer user and you like using different platforms for operating your system, you might have come across different operating systems. For various purposes, you may need to know the version or release number of your operating system that you are currently using, perhaps for installing the correct packages for your system. This article will show you some different methods for finding the version of Linux Mint that you are currently operating.

Methods for Finding the Linux Mint Version

To find the version of Linux Mint that you are running, you can make use of any of the four methods discussed below:

Method # 1: Using the /etc/issue File

To find the version of Linux Mint using the /etc/issue file, perform the following steps:

  • Launch the terminal in Linux Mint by clicking on the terminal icon located on your taskbar. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + Alt + T shortcut combination to do so. The newly launched terminal window is shown in the image below:

  • Type the following command in your terminal and then press the Enter key:
cat /etc/issue

This command is also shown in the following image:

  • Running this command will show you the version of Linux Mint that is currently running, as shown in the image below:

Method # 2: Using the lsb_release Utility

To find the version of Linux Mint using the lsb_release utility, perform the following steps:

  • Launch the terminal in Linux Mint by clicking on the terminal icon located on your taskbar. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + Alt + T shortcut combination to do so. The newly launched terminal window is shown in the image below:

  • Type the following command in your terminal, and then press the Enter key:
lsb_release –a

This command is also shown in the following image:

  • Running this command will show you all the details about the release version of your Linux Mint operating system, as highlighted in the image below:

Method # 3: Using the hostenamectl Command

To find the version of Linux Mint using the hostnamectl command, perform the following steps:

  • Launch the terminal in Linux Mint by clicking on the terminal icon located on your taskbar. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + Alt + T shortcut combination to do so. The newly launched terminal window is shown in the image below:

  • Type the following command in your terminal and then press the Enter key:
hostnamectl

This command is also shown in the following image:

  • Running this command will show you the version of your Linux Mint, along with some other details as highlighted in the image shown below:

Method # 4: Using the GUI

To find the version of Linux Mint using the GUI, perform the following steps:

  • Click on the Menu icon located at the bottom-left corner of your Linux Mint taskbar. Next, type ‘system info’ in the search bar that appears, and then click the ‘System Info’ search result, as highlighted in the image shown below:

  • Doing this will display all system-related information on your screen, along with the version of your Linux Mint operating system, as highlighted in the following image:

Conclusion

By using any of the four methods discussed in this article, you can easily find the version of Linux Mint that you are running. All of these methods are really simple and convenient to use, requiring only a few seconds to provide you the desired results.

About the author

Karim Buzdar

Karim Buzdar

Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn.