How to Determine Which Version of the ‘Unity’ Desktop that You are Using?

For most Ubuntu users, knowing which version of Unity desktop that they are using is not something that is terribly important. But sometimes, it must be a necessity as well.

For example, let’s say that while trying to resolve an issue, you asked the help of an expert, and he asked for the Unity desktop’s version?, then how would you find it?

Because the thing is, surprisingly, even in the latest version of Ubuntu (12.10 as of writing this article), it is nowhere to be found. It is not listed in ‘Details’ window where things like Ubuntu OS version, RAM, your GPU and some other details are shown.

Under the system monitor’s ‘system’ tab, another place where you can find a basic overview of your OS, it says ‘Gnome’, followed by its version. This makes sense as almost all of Unity desktop’s applications are Gnome apps. But, no mentioning of Unity can be found in there either.


But the good thing is, you can find its version extremely easily, and it won’t take more than a second or two. Though there are multiple ways of doing that, for the sake of simplicity and efficiency, I will be using the Terminal window for that.

So, to get the current version of you Ubuntu’s Unity desktop, fire-up your Terminal window and enter the below command.

unity --version

As soon as you do that … well, as shown in the image above, it pretty much speaks for itself ;-). That’s it.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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