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I have installed KVM using the instructions given on the wiki. However, when I try to check its version using

kvm --version

what I get as output is this

QEMU emulator version 1.2.0 (qemu-kvm-1.2.0+noroms-0ubuntu2.12.10.5, Debian), Copyright (c) 2003-2008 Fabrice Bellard

which I believe is QEMU's version, not KVM's.

I have tried the method given here, but this does give an output.

I wanted to know what is the correct method to get the version of KVM I am running.


  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Linux 3.5.0-43-generic
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The command you're looking for is:

dpkg -s qemu-kvm | grep Version


You can look up the version of any package using dpkg -s [package name]

Regarding the KVM, a quick Google search returned it is titled qemu-kvm.


Example output (if you're running Debian Jessie):

Version: 1:2.1+dfsg-12+deb8u5a


As an FYI, the grep command is case-sensitive by default, which is important because Version is upper-case. You can use the parameter -i to ignore case.

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The kvm version follows the kernel version.

uname -r 

would therefore, in this case give you the correct version.

Look here for more information

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If you read the page carefully, you'll notice kernel versions and KVM versions mentioned explicitly and separately. uname -r only gives the kernel version. – i08in Dec 2 '13 at 3:10

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