Check GNOME version

The GNOME desktop environment is one of the most well known and popular GUIs for Linux systems. Many Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Fedora even have it preinstalled on their default downloads. In this tutorial, you will learn how to check the installed version of GNOME desktop environment via command line and GUI on any Linux system.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to check GNOME version via GUI
  • How to check GNOME version via command line
Check GNOME version
Check GNOME version
Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Any Linux distro
Software GNOME desktop environment
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to check GNOME version



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  1. Unless you have applied some custom appearance settings to your GNOME desktop, you should see some icons in the upper right corner, which you can click in order to access a small menu. Click to expand this menu and then open Settings.
    Click the icons in the upper right corner of GNOME desktop
    Click the icons in the upper right corner of GNOME desktop
  2. From the Settings menu, navigate to the About tab and locate the GNOME version in the right side panel.
    Checking the GNOME version
    Checking the GNOME version
  3. Alternatively you can use GNOME’s Activities menu to open the About tab of the Settings panel. Just search for “about.”
    Searching for About in GNOME's Activities menu
    Searching for About in GNOME’s Activities menu
  4. The last option is to check the GNOME version via command line. Open a terminal and execute the following command:
    $ gnome-shell --version
    GNOME Shell 42.1
    

Closing Thoughts




In this tutorial, we saw how to check the installed version of the GNOME desktop environment on a Linux system. This can be useful when checking to see if you have the latest version of GNOME installed, or to know if some other software is expected to be compatible with your currently installed GUI. GNOME should be kept up to date, along with the rest of your Linux system, in order to receive the latest security patches and features.



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