HowTo: Find the GNOME Desktop Version

by on February 6, 2008 · 9 comments· LAST UPDATED February 26, 2014

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How do I find out GNOME desktop version from a shell prompt or GUI?

You need to use the gnome-panel or gnome-about command from the shell prompt to find out the GNOME desktop version. The GNOME panel displays an area on your screen, which acts as a repository for the main menu, application launchers, and applets. Open terminal application and type the following command:
Tutorial details
DifficultyEasy (rss)
Root privilegesNo
Estimated completion timeN/A

gnome-panel --version

Sample output:

GNOME gnome-panel 2.24.1

Or type the following on modern gnome desktop systems:
$ gnome-about --gnome-version
Sample outputs:

Version: 2.30.2
Distributor: Debian
Build Date: Friday 12 November 2010

Gnome 3.x user need to use the following command:
$ gnome-session --version

View the GNOME Desktop Version Using GUI Dialog Box

Click on System > About Gnome
Sample outputs:

Fig.01: Find Out The GNOME Version

Fig.01: Find Out The GNOME Version

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1 Arky April 14, 2009 at 4:07 am

I think the trick is to use gnome-about like this.

$ gnome-about –gnome-version
Version: 2.26.0
Distributor: Ubuntu
Build Date: 03/19/2009


2 Alex October 14, 2011 at 11:55 am

Just install Ubuntu 11.10 with the hope Gnome 3 was installed.
Guess what, it isn’t…

$ gnome-about –gnome-version


3 Serrano October 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 yesterday and Gnome 3 was installed by default. If you want to login into Gnome 3 instead of Unity, you can choose the option “GNOME” in the login screen.


4 lsafladsf October 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

on GNOME 3.2 open the process-monitor application and go to the “System” tab. There you should find the kernel, ubuntu and gnome version.


5 lsafladsf October 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

i ment the app “gnome-system-monitor” not process-monitor.


6 blah February 1, 2012 at 6:44 am

The correct way to do this is:

gnome-about –gnome-version

(note there are two hyphens before gnome-version)


7 Serrano February 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Unfortunately that no longer works for the latest versions of Ubuntu. Both




are no longer available since the switch to Unity/GNOME 3. Instead you can use


, which is also backwards compatible with older versions of GNOME:

gnome-session --version


8 ITPaul February 26, 2014 at 11:30 am

The real correct way to check this regardless of what version of gnome your running is this:

rpm --query --info gnome-panel

That is, if you’re using RPM :)


9 ITPaul February 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

please remove this comment and put in my next one, i accidentally wrote gnome-search-tool here instead of gnome-panel


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