The objective of this guide is to show how to check what version of AlmaLinux a system is running. Whether you've migrated from CentOS to AlmaLinux or performed a fresh install, it's important to keep tabs on the state of your system. This includes information such as the version number of the operating system, kernel version, and other release information.
AlmaLinux is a fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which releases a new major version every few years. Finding your system's version will inform you whether or not you've fallen behind on the latest updates. It's always recommended to update AlmaLinux for the latest security patches and features.In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to check AlmaLinux version from command line and GUI
- How to check Linux kernel version
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How to check AlmaLinux version
As you'll see below, AlmaLinux stores release information in quite a few different places. We'll show you several ways to find this information on your system.
hostnamectlcommand is one of the easiest ways to see basic information about AlmaLinux's release, as well as other information about the machine itself.
$ hostnamectl Static hostname: localhost.localdomain Icon name: computer-vm Chassis: vm Machine ID: abeb8e24781744f789b0fcaad0bb3c40 Boot ID: 1230a6ad61a64c67a8dacfdbb8943bb1 Virtualization: vmware Operating System: AlmaLinux 8.3 (Purple Manul) CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:almalinux:almalinux:8.3 Kernel: Linux 4.18.0-240.el8.x86_64 Architecture: x86-64
- To see more detailed information about the AlmaLinux version, use the following
rpmcommand to see the full version number.
$ rpm -q almalinux-release almalinux-release-8.3-2.el8.x86_64
- To see concise information about the AlmaLinux version, including its codename, try looking at the following file.
$ cat /etc/almalinux-release AlmaLinux release 8.3 (Purple Manul)
- The following command will require you to install the
redhat-lsb-corepackage first, if you don't already have it installed. This gives us some easy to view information about our system, which could be parsed by a bash script, for example.
$ lsb_release -a LSB Version: :core-4.1-amd64:core-4.1-noarch Distributor ID: AlmaLinux Description: AlmaLinux release 8.3 (Purple Manul) Release: 8.3 Codename: PurpleManul
- To see the version of AlmaLinux's kernel, use the
$ uname -r 4.18.0-240.el8.x86_64
- You can also see version information for AlmaLinux from GUI. On GNOME, open settings and navigate to the Details > About tab.
In this guide, we saw several methods for checking the version of AlmaLinux, as well as the Linux kernel version and other pertinent information. There are even more ways to check this information than what we've listed here, but these are the most convenient and should give you all the details you need. Use whichever methods are most relevant for finding the information you need about your system.