I have a notebook HP Pavilion dm4 running Ubuntu 12.04 and I'm trying to determine the model number (like HP Pavilion dm4-2015dx or HP Pavilion dm4-2033cl, etc). There's no such information on notebook's body as suggested on HP's website on Option 1.

I tried to use lshw and dmidecode, but couldn't find. Maybe I should use an especific option but all the information I found is for Windows, nothing for linux.

There is a way to show this information on linux?

sudo dmidecode |grep Version


Version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz

Here's the System Information part of sudo dmidecode | less

System Information
        Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
        Product Name: HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook PC     
        Version: 058A120000242B10000020100
        Serial Number: 5CA1062FYJ
        UUID: E4BD398B-4D9E-BC63-1A03-099330BF5443
        Wake-up Type: Power Switch
        SKU Number: XZ299UAR#ABA
        Family: 103C_5335KV G=N L=CON B=HP S=PAV        
  • are you sure about dmidecode not showing the extra model numbers?
    – Rinzwind
    Feb 20, 2013 at 19:43
  • @Rinzwind I tried to compare the result of dmidecode and the list of models on HP website and couldn't find a match.
    – Eduardo
    Feb 20, 2013 at 19:57
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    I used your SKU Number and found your Netbook. HP Pavilion dm4-1253cl XZ299UAR
    – efthialex
    Feb 20, 2013 at 22:00
  • Asus laptop + ubuntu 17.04 works. Thanks!
    – 1nstinct
    Jun 19, 2017 at 11:53
  • @efthialex How to find model number using sku number? Oct 14, 2017 at 20:22

5 Answers 5


To see your model number, open a Terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T and type:

sudo dmidecode | grep Version | sed -n '2p'

or alternatively type:

sudo dmidecode | grep 'SKU Number' | head -1

to see your SKU Number.

If you want to see a more detailed view of your System information type:

sudo dmidecode | grep -A 9 "System Information"


sudo dmidecode | less

and use the    key to go to the section System Information.

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    Tried to do that, but the information is just: Product Name: HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook PC
    – Eduardo
    Feb 20, 2013 at 19:50
  • Pavilion dm4 is the model of you laptop.
    – efthialex
    Feb 20, 2013 at 19:51
  • I know, but there is a "sub model" (called model number), so it should be Pavilion dm4-xxxx or something similar.
    – Eduardo
    Feb 20, 2013 at 19:53
  • @EduardoGoncalves The number you are looking for is the Version number. For example my Laptop is: TOSHIBA Satellite c660 PSC0QE
    – efthialex
    Feb 20, 2013 at 20:20
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    You have a useless use of less in your first 2 examples sudo dmidecode | grep Version is enough
    – lolesque
    Jan 14, 2016 at 16:49

I guess this command will help:

sudo dmidecode | grep 'SKU Number' | head -1

This will return your laptop's model name:

sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name

This will return your serial number:

sudo dmidecode -s system-serial-number

-s is a keyword argument. Run man dmidecode to find all the available options.

  • This is the best answer. I am on a Mac Mini and neither 'SKU Number' nor 'Version' turn up the serial number (searching for 'Serial' does, but there are several). sudo dmidecode -s system-serial-number did the trick.
    – Lambart
    Jul 28, 2016 at 16:33

Use dmidecode

$ sudo dmidecode -t 1

#dmidecode 3.0
Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
SMBIOS 2.6 present.

Handle 0x0001, DMI type 1, 27 bytes
System Information
       Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
       Product Name: Latitude E6410
       Version: 0001
       Serial Number: DZX46BS
       UUID: 4C4C4544-005A-5810-8034-C4C04F364253
       Wake-up Type: Power Switch
       SKU Number:  
       Family: Not Specified
  • Welcome to askubuntu. Although the t option might be interesting, you should refrain from using root as an account and type sudo instead. Refer to the many documents existing on the topic for further info. Aug 19, 2017 at 9:57
  • Good answer , works.
    – Eric
    Mar 22, 2022 at 4:30

On my T430 I have to take out the battery and there is this little sticker that tells me exactly what I want to know. It's not where Lenovo says it is (on top of the battery), but there it is. Might be easier than doing it from the command line if in fact you have such a sticker.

  • I tried that to but couldn't find this sticker anywhere. It was the first thing I thought, but it's missing
    – Eduardo
    Feb 20, 2013 at 21:33

I was also able to get my model number within neofetch information, specifically under 'Host' info.


You may need to install neofetch to run this. It can be done by

sudo apt install neofetch 

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