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How to display the version of you Linux kernel

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this howto will display your linux kernel version, who compiled it, what compiled it, and when it was compiled.

Difficulty easy


Method 1
  1. Execute: cat /proc/version
  2. Example output
    • Linux version 2.6.10-xylophone (root@zymos) (gcc version 3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux 3.2.2-5)) #15 Tue Mar 15 01:35:09 EST 2005

Method 2

The kernel version of the currently-running kernel can be viewed with:

  • Execute: uname -r

The full kernel details, including date & time of compilation, can be viewed with:

  • Execute: uname -a

Method 3
  • A less desciptive way of displaying you kernel version is:
  1. Execute: kernelversion
    the Output: 2.6

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