I just want to know how I can find the version of boost installed in my ubuntu 12.04? I am having trouble with the current precise and thinking of reverting back to 8.04. What is the boost version in 8.04?

  • What specific error are you having? You may find help for it at stackoverflow.com
    – NoBugs
    Jun 7, 2012 at 1:29

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The version of libboost on my 12.04 system is Here's how you can find out:

dpkg -s libboost-dev | grep 'Version'
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    This method work only if you installed it properly. If you install the boost manually, you will get something like: dpkg-query: package 'libboost-dev' is not installed and no information is available Use dpkg --info (= dpkg-deb --info) to examine archive files, and dpkg --contents (= dpkg-deb --contents) to list their contents.
    – Kemin Zhou
    Feb 18, 2020 at 0:07

You can check version.hpp inside Boost include dir (normally /usr/include/boost, you can use locate /boost/version.hpp or similar to get that) for BOOST_VERSION or BOOST_LIB_VERSION.

$ cat /usr/include/boost/version.hpp | grep "BOOST_LIB_VERSION"

//  BOOST_LIB_VERSION must be defined to be the same as BOOST_VERSION
#define BOOST_LIB_VERSION "1_53"

SO: How to determine the Boost version on a system?

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    Also check /usr/local/include/boost/version.hpp. I found a higher version of boost there. 1_62 vs 1_58
    – smac89
    Aug 18, 2017 at 3:19

In the C++ source file!

#include <iostream>
#include <boost/version.hpp>

int main() {
  std::cout << BOOST_LIB_VERSION << '\n';

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