Ubuntu Linux: Show Gnome Version

in Categories , last updated May 7, 2012

How do I see my gnome desktop version using command line options?

The gnome-session command starts up the GNOME desktop environment and it can display version too. The gnome-about command provides informative about box. It displays version along with developer names.

Command

Open a command-line terminal (select Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and then type:

gnome-about --gnome-version

Sample outputs:

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

Gnome version 3.x, user type:
$ gnome-session --version
Sample outputs:

gnome-session 2.30.2

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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  1. Neither gnome-about nor gnome-session work for me with Ubuntu 16.04. gnome-session --version runs with no output.

    (I am using GNOME 3.18.3)

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