Whenever you wish to install a new program on your computer system, the very first thing you look for is the amount of RAM that this program will require to run perfectly well. The reason behind this is that before going through the actual installation process, you need to ensure whether your computer system will be capable of running this program or not. Apart from this, you also need to know the amount of RAM that is installed on your system. Therefore, in this article, we will explain to you how to check how much RAM is installed on your Ubuntu 20.04 server or desktop.

Checking how much RAM is installed on Ubuntu 20.04

For checking the amount of RAM installed on your Ubuntu 20.04, you will need to perform the following steps:

First of all, you will need to launch the terminal in Ubuntu 20.04. For doing that, you can press Ctrl+ T or you can click on the Activities icon located at your desktop and then type terminal in the search bar that appears and double click on the search results to launch the terminal. Moreover, you can also right-click on your desktop and then select the Open Terminal option from the menu that pops up. The newly launched terminal window is shown in the image below:

Linux Terminal

Now type the following command in your terminal and then press the Enter key:

free -h

This command is also highlighted in the following image:

Check RAM with Free command

As soon as you will run this command, you will be able to see the amount of RAM installed on your Ubuntu 20.04 along with a few other statistics as highlighted in the image shown below:

Total available memory

Conclusion

This guide shows an easy way to know the exact amount of RAM installed on your Ubuntu 20.04 and also the available and used RAM. In this way, you can easily find out if your system is capable of running a particular program or not by simply checking the RAM installed on it.

How to check how much RAM is installed on Ubuntu 20.04

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn