How do I check if Ubuntu is 32 bit?

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I’m really excited that there’s an increasing number of Linux questions on Yahoo! Answers.

“I want to install the new Ubuntu or some other Linux distro. How do I check if I can run 32bit or 64 bit on a computer already running linux?”

Actually, this should be really easy on your Linux box.

  1. Open up the terminal
  2. Type uname -m

If you see i386 or i686 then your current hardware is 32 bit. If you see x86_64 then your current hardware definitely supports 64 bit software.

Author: Brian Cline

Brian is a programmer living in Niagara Falls with ten years of development experience. He is passionate about automation, business process re-engineering, and gamification. For the last six years or so, he has been working with Salesforce and JavaScript.

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