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There's got to be some simple way I'm missing, but for the life of me I can't find it. How do I check my version of GNOME-Shell?

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Just type

gnome-shell --version

into a terminal.

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OF COURSE! Much thanks. – Richard Nov 15 '10 at 11:24
I tired it, but it didn't work. Got an error >> gnome-shell: error: no such option: --version – Vinay Challuru Nov 15 '10 at 11:25
@VinayChalluru: type gnome-shell -h. This should give you the available options and allow you to copy and paste --version to make sure you've got everything right (the hyphens can be especially tricky). – Waldir Leoncio Apr 14 '15 at 2:14

The gnome-shell man page doesn't show --version as an option. Assuming you have installed it from the ubuntu repositories then you can look up the version in the repository. To just show the version:

apt-cache show gnome-shell | grep Version

On Ubuntu Maverick (10.10) I get

Version: 2.31.5-2ubuntu2

Note that this works whether or not the package is installed. You can also look up all packaged versions of gnome-shell on all ubuntu versions on

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The output could show several versions. – BuZZ-dEE Feb 2 '13 at 14:18
Yep: Version: 3.12.2-0ubuntu0~trusty2 Version: 3.10.4-0ubuntu5.2 Version: 3.10.4-0ubuntu5 – Tim Jul 23 '14 at 13:31

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