I am running Raspbian jessie 8 on my RPi3. I am trying to see what version of samba is installed if any. I do not remember installing it as far as i know it is for remote access but I am not totally sure. It seems like when I update I see it updating but again i am not 100% sure. Can some one give me a hint on the command. I have already tried uname -a, smbd -v, and smbdstatus.

  • For now I am going to move on from this question. I do not have a clear understanding of Samba and I ask the question before I understood what I actually needed. Thanks for the help I will comeback to this at a later date
    – Pismurf
    May 28, 2017 at 20:41

3 Answers 3


It should not be installed by default.

The command to use is apt-cache policy samba

E.g. on my Pi3

$ apt-cache policy samba
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 2:4.2.14+dfsg-0+deb8u5
  Version table:
     2:4.2.14+dfsg-0+deb8u5 0
        500 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org/raspbian/ jessie/main armhf Packages

Simpler to just type smbd -V if you want a quick look.


If you don't use it I don't know why you care.

Rather than a specific answer you can use a command like the following to find installed packages, which will generally give you a version.

dpkg-query -l | grep samba

shows on my system

ii  python-samba                          2:4.2.14+dfsg-0+deb8u6                    armhf        Python bindings for Samba
ii  samba-common                          2:4.2.14+dfsg-0+deb8u6                    all          common files used by both the Samba server and client
ii  samba-common-bin                      2:4.2.14+dfsg-0+deb8u6                    armhf        Samba common files used by both the server and the client
ii  samba-libs:armhf                      2:4.2.14+dfsg-0+deb8u6                    armhf        Samba core libraries
  • I read on FossBites to check what version of samba you are running as you nay need apply a patch for certain versions due to wannacry. I am still learning so it could have been something I installed or I might not have. I would rather be safe than sorry. Responsible and continually learning that is why I care..thanks for stepping down off your pedestal to answer after I accepted an answer and left a comment of the result.
    – Pismurf
    May 28, 2017 at 10:03
  • @Pismurf I find you comment incomprehensible, although I presume the intent is pejorative, which is not the spirit of Stack Exchange. You do not understand the nature of the site; it takes some time to write an answer, and someone else may post an answer in this time. I still believe samba is installed, as the output I posted indicates (although I do not use it myself0. dpkg-query -L samba-common will show the samba related files on your system.
    – Milliways
    May 28, 2017 at 10:58
  • I apologize I miss judged your response..I understand the nature of the site I interpreted what you wrote and reacted emotionally. I read what you wrote again and I apologize for my response again. Can you or will you tell help me understand this? If I did not install it why does | grep show that are other packages using it but when it says it has not been installed? (You can point me to reading material rather than typing it out.) Would this mean that I should apply the patch or is that even relevant if all my packages are up to date and upgraded?
    – Pismurf
    May 28, 2017 at 11:11
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    @Pismurf I cannot explain the output of apt-cache policy, I have only been using Linux for 15 years, and much is still a mystery. apt-cache policy dhcpcd also shows Installed: (none) although most of us use it on a daily basis. I presume this applies to packages included in the original image. I have certainly never installed samba.
    – Milliways
    May 28, 2017 at 11:32

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