gnu_get_libc_version man page

gnu_get_libc_version, gnu_get_libc_release ā€” get glibc version and release


#include <gnu/libc-version.h>

const char *gnu_get_libc_version(void);
const char *gnu_get_libc_release(void);


The function gnu_get_libc_version() returns a string that identifies the glibc version available on the system.

The function gnu_get_libc_release() returns a string indicates the release status of the glibc version available on the system. This will be a string such as stable.


These functions first appeared in glibc in version 2.1.


For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

Interface Attribute Value
gnu_get_libc_version(), gnu_get_libc_release() Thread safety MT-Safe

Conforming to

These functions are glibc-specific.


When run, the program below will produce output such as the following:

$ ./a.out
GNU libc version: 2.8
GNU libc release: stable

Program source

#include <gnu/libc-version.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>

main(int argc, char *argv[])
    printf("GNU libc version: %s\n", gnu_get_libc_version());
    printf("GNU libc release: %s\n", gnu_get_libc_release());

See Also



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Referenced By

The man page gnu_get_libc_release(3) is an alias of gnu_get_libc_version(3).

2017-09-15 Linux Programmer's Manual