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How do I find out how much ram my computer has? I am running Ubuntu 13.04.

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Note for many solutions it will only tell you how RAM the OS can 'see' (e.g. 32bit without PAE can only see 4GB) – Wilf May 16 '15 at 21:16
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If you click on the gear icon (top right of your screen) then click on About this computer. The RAM is the 2nd entry down, below the computer name.


if you run sudo lshw -class memory in your terminal, this gives you the details of all available memory.

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That will tell you how much RAM the OS can see. – david6 Jun 1 '13 at 1:00
Also, to print just the amount in MiB: lshw -C memory 2>/dev/null | grep -Po ' +size: \K.*' – kos Dec 3 '15 at 15:34

Also easy to use commands to check RAM:

free -lm

Using top command itself or:

top | grep -i mem

Similar to top but a bit more advanced is htop but the package has to be installed sudo apt-get install htop then run:


Will output memory scale in terminal.

Also vmstat can do this:

vmstat -s -SM
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Good way to check is to reference /proc/meminfo file. Most tools such as free, top, htop all use that file.

There's many lines there showing different statistics, but using AWK, we can filter out the totals. MemTotal line will show you the RAM. As a bonus, I've included total Swap as well.

$ awk '/MemTotal/ || /SwapTotal/' /proc/meminfo                                
MemTotal:        1789444 kB
SwapTotal:        524284 k
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Open a terminal: CtrlAltT)

Type: sudo lshw

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  1. Open System Settings.

  2. Click Details at the bottom of the panel.

  3. You will see details about your PC (such as RAM).

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