If you have installed your Linux distribution for the first time but find it’s not working properly or maybe you simply need to know which version of processor your PC is using, or which Linux is installed on your PC, or you may need to know whether you’re running a 64-bit or 32-bit system so you know which file to download for a program you want to install, here is couple of methods of How to Find Operating System Bit on Linux / Ubuntu.

There are many methods to Find Operating System Bit but for simplicity and usability purpose I am showing two steps of How to Find Operating System Bit on Linux distributions.

Method 1:
Open a terminal and type

uname -a

How to Find Operating System Bit
uname command prints kernel name, network node hostname, kernel release, kernel version, machine hardware name, processor type, hardware platform, operating system information.
The machine hardware name lists whether your system is 32-bit (‘i686’ or ‘i386’) or 64-bit (‘x86_64’). In our case it is showing x86_64 that means we have 64 bit Operating System.

To use the uname command to only find operating System bit i.e. whether your system is 32-bit or 64-bit, type the following command in terminal.

uname -m

How to Find Operating System Bit
This displays only the machine hardware name and indicates, as above, whether your system is 32-bit (‘i686’ or ‘i386’) or 64-bit (‘x86_64’).

Method 2:
The arch command is similar to the uname -m command and prints to the screen whether your system is 32-bit (i686) or 64-bit (x86_64). Open a terminal and type the following command

arch

How to Find Operating System Bit
In our case it is showing x86_64 that means we have 64 bit Operating System.

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  • August 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this info.

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