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How can I see the version of GRUB that is running in a particular Ubuntu version. A terminal command that can tell me.

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For me the above answer given by @Daniel does not work. I have Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and to check the version of Grub (Grub2) I need to type:

grub-install --version

check grub2 version

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Correct they seemed to have changed it with some newer version. Just like in apt where apt-get update -f won't work anymore and you'll have to use the explicit apt-get update --fix-missing – Daniel Nov 3 '14 at 15:21

On clean ubuntu installs the grub package itself doesn't seem to be installed. Thus typing 'grub -anyoption' results in an error that says grub is not installed. However you can type for example

grub-install -v

And it will give you the correct version of grub currently installed

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The version of the Grub is 1.99-21ubuntu3

EDIT: As others have pointed out the commandline flags have been changed in newer versions. So now instead of typing grub-install -v you'd have to use a capital 'V' or the explicit --version

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I find it more friendly this way. Also grub-probe -V works. – Luis Alvarado Feb 25 '12 at 1:14
basicly everything in your /usr/bin folder that starts with 'grub' does the job – Daniel Feb 25 '12 at 1:22
Uppercase -V, not lowercase. – Sopalajo de Arrierez Nov 3 '14 at 4:43
Ahh thanks for the hint! They must have changed it with a newer version..I'll edit it in the post – Daniel Nov 3 '14 at 15:22

This will roughly do the job:

dpkg -l | grep grub | grep ii

You should note that just to confuse things that the version 1.9x is known as Grub2. I think they number it in a similar way that people would call the 1600-1699, the 17th century.

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I find it weird that there is no command for it. like a grub command that grub -v and done. Thanks again Oli you rock ^^. – Luis Alvarado Feb 25 '12 at 1:02
I think that v1.9 is supposed to be "pre-Grub2" - i.e., an almost ready version. Yet, you'd think that 2.0.x RC# would have been better naming for them... – Mei Feb 25 '12 at 2:30
The thing is--the grub you may be using to boot may not be installed from the Ubuntu system you are currently running. Therefore I prefer the other answer. – John S Gruber Oct 7 '12 at 17:52

The package name is grub-pc, so you can do this:

dpkg -l grub-pc

which will show you something like this:

| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                     Version                   Architecture              Description
ii  grub-pc                                  2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1.7     amd64                     GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 (PC/BIOS version)
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