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How to Check if Linux is 32-bit or 64-bit In Ubuntu, Mint, Kali

You should know about your Linux operating system if you’re running 32 or 64-bit version. So, see how to check if Linux is 32-bit or 64-bit with 3 methods.



If you are a Linux user and just started learning it from the scratch, then it might be a good idea to start learning the basics. As a Linux user, you should know about all the beginning stuff. One of the basic thing that you should know about the Linux operating system is to know whether you are running 32-bit or 64-bit architecture on your OS. And so, today I will tell you how to check if Linux is 32-bit or 64-bit using various easy methods.

To see if Linux is 32-bit or 64-bit, you don’t have to install a third-party tool or run a complex command. Later on, in this talk, I will tell you few commands that you can run from terminal or other ways to do the same. All of these methods will yield the same result, it depends on you which of the following method you will choose. I have Linux Mint 18 Serena installed on my laptop, but these methods should work on every Linux distribution.

check if Linux is 32-bit or 64

Check if Linux is 32-bit or 64-bit:

This is for Linux users who just have started using it. You will find 3 very simple methods in the following part of this guide. And if you are goods with basic terminal stuff, then you will learn it pretty easily. So, here are few methods which will tell you how to check if Linux is 32-bit or 64-bit.

 Method 1: Using Terminal

The first method in my guide will use the power of terminal to let you know the architecture of Linux OS. Here you will just have to run a small command to get the result.

So, open terminal, type the following command and hit the enter key.

uname -a

method 1 linux 32 bit 64 bit

Now after running this command, a small description will appear on the terminal. And if it includes “x86_64”, then your system is running on the 64-bit operating system. If it shows i386 or “i686”, then it means that you OS is 32-bit.

Method 2: Again Terminal

Just like method 2, there is another command that you can run to get the details about the architecture of your Linux OS. The command has a very basic syntax and returns an extremely simple result as well.

Type this command exactly I have written:

getconf LONG_BIT

getconf LONG_BITmethod 2 linux 32 bit 64 bit

When you run this command, then a number will show on the terminal. If the number is 64 then your OS is 64-bit, otherwise, you are running a 32-bit Linux OS.

Method 3: Using System Properties

The last option which is very simple but can show you OS architecture details very easily. So, all you have to do is search for “System info” or “About” in your application launcher. When it shows up, click on it and see the architecture of your OS.

method 3 linux 32 bit 64 bit

You will not only be able to see the architecture, but it will also display other information about your system.

That’s all these methods I found to be very handy to detect architecture of a Linux operating system.

Wrap Up:

Linux beginners and the people who don’t know how to check if Linux is 32-bit or 64-bit can consume this guide and add this knowledge to their mind. The methods I have revealed can be carried out easily and without the help of any extra third-party tool. So, open your system and see what architecture your Linux system have.

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