Ubuntu – How to check installed program version?

command line

How can I check installed program versions in terminal. Is there any command for that, for example ver or something similar?

Best Answer

The way how to know version of an installed package varies for different programs. Usually

application_name --version


application_name -version

can be used to know it. It is better to see man application_name and search which is the command line switch to know the version.

If you installed any package using apt, to see the version you can try

apt-cache policy package_name

In few cases the version can be found in application_name --help. For example virtualbox

In few very little case application_name -v also gives you version.

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