How to Know whether you have a 32 or 64-Bit Ubuntu OS

In order to know which architecture your Ubuntu or sld (linux similar distro) is built on, there are two simple ways :

1 – Using the terminal

Open up your terminal and issue the following command :



As you can see on the third line above which starts with CPU op-mode(s), our computer CPU supports both 32-bit and 64-bit. If you only see 32-bit then you have a 32-bit system.

Even if you have a 64-bit CPU, remember also to check your Ubuntu architecture whether it i s32 or 64-bit. This is shown in the second lien above which starts with architecture. Here you can see that it is x86_64.

If you see : x86, i686 or i386 then your OS is 32-bit otherwise if you found x86_64 , amd64 or x64 then your Ubuntu is 64-bit based.

2 – Using the Graphical Interface

Open Settings from the Ubuntu application menu :

In the Settings window, click on the Details tab which is displayed at the bottom of the menu. You will end up in the About section as shown below :

As you can see above, you can tell which architecture your OS is based on.

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uname -i print the hardware platform (non-portable)

uname -m print the machine hardware name

uname -p print the processor type (non-portable)

you name it, you got it.

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