Is there a way to know which GTK version is installed using the command line?

I am working on Ubuntu 11.10.

  • dpkg -l "*gtk*" | grep ii
    – Anonymous
    Nov 11, 2011 at 23:51
  • @Anonymous: that returns 50 lines on my Debian system. Jun 21, 2014 at 20:59
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    @ZayneSHalsall try the answer below that have  this sign Jun 24, 2014 at 12:20

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apt-cache policy libgtk2.0-0 libgtk-3-0 (optionally pipe to grep Installed)


dpkg -l libgtk2.0-0 libgtk-3-0

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    The grep is localized, so for french users you may have to type ` | grep Installé`
    – Hybris95
    Jan 11, 2021 at 6:05
  • rather than assuming the major version to get the minor version, one can first run something like: dpkg --get-selections | grep 'libgtk.*bin' which today will likely show gtk2, gtk3, and gtk4, then you can pass those to dpkg -l, for example, dpkg -l libgtk2.0-bin libgtk-3-bin libgtk-4-bin
    – michael
    Sep 11, 2022 at 6:25

--get-selections will show you the installed packages

dpkg --get-selections | grep gtk
  • This is the ONLY answer of all the terrible answers that actually makes sense. And guess what, on my 22.04 there are THREE GTK versions installed. libgtk2.0-bin libgtk-3-bin libgtk-4-bin among many other GTK packages. Aug 11, 2022 at 18:59

Try this:

dpkg -l libgtk2.0-0 libgtk-3-0

This will give info for both GTK 2 and 3.

  • Too bad still not gtk 4.0 Dec 17, 2021 at 23:24
  • Well with this shitty you never know if you have GTK 4 installed because it does not ask for it. (And yes I realize this question is 10 years old, with makes this answer now BAD) Aug 11, 2022 at 18:56
  1. Open Synaptic Package Manager: enter image description here

  2. Under "Quick filter" enter "libgtk-3".

  3. Gtk3 libraries are contained in "libgtk-3-0". You may want to select it for convenience. Your installed version appears in the column "Installed version". If you need additional information press the button "Properties".

Try: dpkg-query -W libgtk-3-bin

# Gives version as 3.10.8, separated on the left by a tab, and on the right by a ~
$ dpkg-query -W libgtk-3-bin
libgtk-3-bin    3.10.8~8+qiana

# An associated package also gives the package architecture [for me]
$ dpkg-query -W libgtk-3-0
libgtk-3-0:amd64    3.10.8~8+qiana

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