How to Check RHEL or CentOS Version

This post will guide you how to find out what version of RHEL or CentOS am I using at the shell prompt from the command line. How to check your RHEL or CentOS Linux system version from the command line.

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You can use one of the following command to get the version of your CentOS or RHEL Linux system:

$ lsb_release
$ cat /etc/redhat-release 
$ cat /etc/centos-release
$ cat /etc/issue
$ cat /etc/os-release
$ hostnamectl

Outputs:

[[email protected] ~]$ cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS Linux release 8.0.1905 (Core)


[[email protected] ~]$ cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS Linux release 8.0.1905 (Core)


[[email protected] ~]$ cat /etc/issue
\S
Kernel \r on an \m

[[email protected] ~]$ cat /etc/os-release
NAME="CentOS Linux"
VERSION="8 (Core)"
ID="centos"
ID_LIKE="rhel fedora"
VERSION_ID="8"
PLATFORM_ID="platform:el8"
PRETTY_NAME="CentOS Linux 8 (Core)"
ANSI_COLOR="0;31"
CPE_NAME="cpe:/o:centos:centos:8"
HOME_URL="https://www.centos.org/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.centos.org/"

CENTOS_MANTISBT_PROJECT="CentOS-8"
CENTOS_MANTISBT_PROJECT_VERSION="8"
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT="centos"
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT_VERSION="8"

[[email protected] ~]$ hostnamectl
Static hostname: mydevops.com
Icon name: computer-vm
Chassis: vm
Machine ID: 64546461ac834752ba28f56897c82278
Boot ID: 6bb93c981f9342f2abc8ac933da00b25
Virtualization: oracle
Operating System: CentOS Linux 8 (Core)
CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:centos:centos:8
Kernel: Linux 4.18.0-80.el8.x86_64
Architecture: x86-64

If you want to use lsb_release command to display the version of Linux Standard Base and Distribution information, and you need to install redhat-lsb-core pacakge on your current CentOS or RHEL Linux system with the following command:

$ sudo dnf install redhat-lsb-core

or

$ sudo yum install redhat-lsb-core

Outputs:

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo dnf install redhat-lsb-core
Last metadata expiration check: 0:00:59 ago on Sat 28 Sep 2019 09:55:29 PM EDT.
Dependencies resolved.
========================================================================================================================
Package Arch Version Repository Size
========================================================================================================================
Installing:
redhat-lsb-core x86_64 4.1-47.el8 AppStream 46 k
Installing dependencies:
redhat-lsb-submod-security x86_64 4.1-47.el8 AppStream 22 k
m4 x86_64 1.4.18-7.el8 BaseOS 223 k
mailx x86_64 12.5-29.el8 BaseOS 257 k
make x86_64 1:4.2.1-9.el8 BaseOS 498 k
ncurses-compat-libs x86_64 6.1-7.20180224.el8 BaseOS 331 k
patch x86_64 2.7.6-8.el8 BaseOS 138 k
postfix x86_64 2:3.3.1-8.el8 BaseOS 1.5 M
spax x86_64 1.5.3-13.el8 BaseOS 217 k

Transaction Summary
========================================================================================================================
Install 9 Packages

Total download size: 3.1 M
Installed size: 8.5 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
(1/9): redhat-lsb-submod-security-4.1-47.el8.x86_64.rpm 100 kB/s | 22 kB 00:00
(2/9): m4-1.4.18-7.el8.x86_64.rpm 993 kB/s | 223 kB 00:00
(3/9): redhat-lsb-core-4.1-47.el8.x86_64.rpm 179 kB/s | 46 kB 00:00
(4/9): mailx-12.5-29.el8.x86_64.rpm 853 kB/s | 257 kB 00:00
(5/9): ncurses-compat-libs-6.1-7.20180224.el8.x86_64.rpm 1.1 MB/s | 331 kB 00:00
(6/9): make-4.2.1-9.el8.x86_64.rpm 1.4 MB/s | 498 kB 00:00
(7/9): patch-2.7.6-8.el8.x86_64.rpm 819 kB/s | 138 kB 00:00
(8/9): spax-1.5.3-13.el8.x86_64.rpm 925 kB/s | 217 kB 00:00
(9/9): postfix-3.3.1-8.el8.x86_64.rpm 2.8 MB/s | 1.5 MB 00:00
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total 735 kB/s | 3.1 MB 00:04
warning: /var/cache/dnf/AppStream-a520ed22b0a8a736/packages/redhat-lsb-core-4.1-47.el8.x86_64.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 Signature, key ID 8483c65d: NOKEY
CentOS-8 - AppStream 1.6 MB/s | 1.6 kB 00:00
Importing GPG key 0x8483C65D:
Userid : "CentOS (CentOS Official Signing Key) <[email protected]>"
Fingerprint: 99DB 70FA E1D7 CE22 7FB6 4882 05B5 55B3 8483 C65D
From : /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-centosofficial
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Key imported successfully
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
Preparing : 1/1
Installing : spax-1.5.3-13.el8.x86_64 1/9
Running scriptlet: spax-1.5.3-13.el8.x86_64 1/9
Running scriptlet: postfix-2:3.3.1-8.el8.x86_64 2/9
Installing : postfix-2:3.3.1-8.el8.x86_64 2/9
Running scriptlet: postfix-2:3.3.1-8.el8.x86_64 2/9
Installing : patch-2.7.6-8.el8.x86_64 3/9
Installing : ncurses-compat-libs-6.1-7.20180224.el8.x86_64 4/9
Installing : make-1:4.2.1-9.el8.x86_64 5/9
Running scriptlet: make-1:4.2.1-9.el8.x86_64 5/9
Installing : mailx-12.5-29.el8.x86_64 6/9
Installing : m4-1.4.18-7.el8.x86_64 7/9
Running scriptlet: m4-1.4.18-7.el8.x86_64 7/9
Installing : redhat-lsb-submod-security-4.1-47.el8.x86_64 8/9
Installing : redhat-lsb-core-4.1-47.el8.x86_64 9/9
Running scriptlet: redhat-lsb-core-4.1-47.el8.x86_64 9/9
Verifying : redhat-lsb-core-4.1-47.el8.x86_64 1/9
Verifying : redhat-lsb-submod-security-4.1-47.el8.x86_64 2/9
Verifying : m4-1.4.18-7.el8.x86_64 3/9
Verifying : mailx-12.5-29.el8.x86_64 4/9
Verifying : make-1:4.2.1-9.el8.x86_64 5/9
Verifying : ncurses-compat-libs-6.1-7.20180224.el8.x86_64 6/9
Verifying : patch-2.7.6-8.el8.x86_64 7/9
Verifying : postfix-2:3.3.1-8.el8.x86_64 8/9
Verifying : spax-1.5.3-13.el8.x86_64 9/9

Installed:
redhat-lsb-core-4.1-47.el8.x86_64 redhat-lsb-submod-security-4.1-47.el8.x86_64
m4-1.4.18-7.el8.x86_64 mailx-12.5-29.el8.x86_64
make-1:4.2.1-9.el8.x86_64 ncurses-compat-libs-6.1-7.20180224.el8.x86_64
patch-2.7.6-8.el8.x86_64 postfix-2:3.3.1-8.el8.x86_64
spax-1.5.3-13.el8.x86_64

Complete!

Once redhat-lsb-core package is installed on your system, and you can type the following command to get the version of your current RHEL or CentOS system:

$ lsb_release -a

Outputs:

[[email protected] ~]$ lsb_release -a
LSB Version: :core-4.1-amd64:core-4.1-noarch
Distributor ID: CentOS
Description: CentOS Linux release 8.0.1905 (Core)
Release: 8.0.1905
Codename: Core

Conclusion


You should know that how to get the version of CentOS or RHEl Linux system using cat/hostnamectl/lsb_release command or read command on your CentOS or RHEL Linux system.

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