Below you can find some tips on how to check Ubuntu version you are currently running.

The first place to look for Ubuntu version is to look inside /etc/issue file. From terminal run command:

$ cat /etc/issue
Ubuntu Xenial Xerus \n \l

To obtain a Ubuntu release number check content of /etc/lsb-release file:

$ cat /etc/lsb-release 
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=16.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=xenial
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu Xenial Xerus

Additional information regarding Ubuntu version can be found within /etc/os-release:

$ cat /etc/os-release 
NAME="Ubuntu"
VERSION="16.04 (Xenial Xerus)"
ID=ubuntu
ID_LIKE=debian
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 16.04"
VERSION_ID="16.04"
HOME_URL="http://www.ubuntu.com/"
SUPPORT_URL="http://help.ubuntu.com/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="http://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/"
UBUNTU_CODENAME=xenial

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Furthermore, the following linux command will provide you with a neat output of your current Ubuntu version:

$ lsb_release -crid
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu Xenial Xerus (development branch)
Release:	16.04
Codename:	xenial

Lastly, systemd command hostnamectl reveals Ubuntu version along with some other relevant information such as kernel version and more:

$ hostnamectl
   Static hostname: linuxconfig
         Icon name: computer-desktop
           Chassis: desktop
        Machine ID: 3b348a19c578436796b717d614b868b1
           Boot ID: 1ad07ee4476a466392fc8dfa423e3b11
  Operating System: Ubuntu 16.04
            Kernel: Linux 4.4.0-18-generic
      Architecture: x86-64

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