Is it possible to check using shell whether or not Cyanogenmod is installed on a device?

In other words, something like uname -a (which tells the system Linux version and architecture).

Can the version be determined as well?


I tried to do uname -a on my CM10.1 (Samsung Galaxy S2) on the built-in Terminal app.

It returns:

Linux localhost 3.0.31-CM-g17c7b6e #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Feb 19 01:11:17 PST 2013 armv71 GNU/Linux

Kernel version: 3.0.31-CM-g17c7b6e
SMP: Symmetric Multi-Processor support
PREEMPT: kernel preemption is enabled
Kernel date: Tue Feb 19 01:11:17 PST 2013
Processor: armv71

  • Can you explain the rest of the output? What is g17c7b6e, PREEMPT? – Kshitiz Sharma Feb 21 '13 at 10:52
  • @KshitizSharma See my updates. – geffchang Feb 21 '13 at 11:08
  • Umm, what if Android system is stock but kernel is of CM? Although it is not something we see everyday, I think uname -a might not be perfect but it's quite good! uname -a also might not be best if custom kernel is used and developer decided to tweak the name. – Firelord Jul 2 '15 at 18:20

Another way is to simply go to Settings→About phone, where you should see (depending on your CyanogenMod version) an item "CyanogenMod updates", and (with all CM versions) "CyanogenMod-Version":

About Phone: CM Stats and Kernel version About phone: CM version About phone: CM version (German)


In my CM12, I can do:

adb shell getprop | grep -i cyanogenmod

and the result it shows is:

[ro.build.host]: [cyanogenmod]
[ro.cmlegal.url]: [https://www.cyanogenmod.org/docs/privacy]
[ro.error.receiver.system.apps]: [org.cyanogenmod.bugreport]
[ro.rommanager.developerid]: [cyanogenmod]

If you don't see cyanogenmod anywhere then either build.prop is deliberately tweaked to not display CM anywhere, or the device isn't running Cyanogenmod at all.

  • /etc/CHANGES.txt and /etc/CHANGELOG-CM.txt also can be considered. – Firelord Jul 2 '15 at 18:31

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