Utility to update version tags during Jenkins builds

1.0.0 2021-05-22 10:43 UTC

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Last update: 2023-02-22 15:09:59 UTC


Build chain utility to update the semantic version for a PHP package

PHP Version support

With the inexorable withdrawal of upstream library support for PHP<V8, I've now also decided to remove support for <V8. If you still need <V8 support use a tagged version <1 and build the package yourself. V1+ is PHP8 only.

Quality Assurance

PHP 8 Build Status Test Coverage

The above badges represent the current development branch. As a rule, I don't push to GitHub unless tests, coverage and usability are acceptable. This may not be true for short periods of time; on holiday, need code for some other downstream project etc. If you need stable code, use a tagged version.

See the Test Contract



For a new package

add "chippyash/semantic-version-updater":"*" to your dev-requires section of the composer.json file

run composer update

run vendor/bin/vupdate init to create a new VERSION file in the root of your project


    git commit -am"add vupdate"
    git tag 0.0.0
    git push origin master --tags

Manually updating the version and git tag

During initial development, you'll want to have your package tagged at various points. You can keep your git tag version and the version contained in the VERSION file in sync with

bin/vupdate && cat VERSION | xargs git tag

Don't forget to push your tags to remote repo.

Once you have finished initial development and you think you are good to go, you can tag you package at its first 'real' release version. You can either run bin/vupdate -pbcbreak to update the major (M.n.n) part of the version number, or bin/vupdate -o 1.0.0 to force the version. A one liner would be

bin/vupdate -pbcbreak && cat VERSION | xargs git tag && git commit -am"First release" && git push origin master --tags

Use bin/vupdate -h to see the help screen.

Use bin/vupdate --version for command version number.

Employing into your build chain

The real purpose of the utility is to get it used in the build chain, updating the tag, pushing to git and then updating the Satis/Composer (or other repo) to tell it that a new version is available.

Download this repo as a zip and extract it. Move/copy the bin/vupdate file to somewhere on your PATH, e.g. /usr/local/bin/vupdate. You can also do this if you just want the executable phar on your local machine to be globally available.

Here is a jenkins job that we use in our build chain to update the version dependent on the branch name prefix:


cd "${workingDir}";
${GIT} checkout ${gitBranch};
lastCommit=$(git log --branches | grep 'Merge pull request.* to master' | head -1)

if [[ $lastCommit == *"feature/"* ]] || [[ $lastCommit == *"release/"* ]]
        ${VERSIONER} -p feature;

${GIT} commit -am"CD $verType Version update: $lastCommit";
cat VERSION | xargs ${GIT} tag;
${GIT} push origin ${gitBranch} --tags;

The $workingDir and $gitBranch parameters are sent to the job from the main build job. $gitBranch defaults to 'master';


Clone the repo as normal.

Create a feature branch

run composer update to pull in the external libraries.

Commit your changes as normal and push to repo and make a pull request.

The make file

Running make will rebuild the bin/vupdate phar file and push the changes to the repo. As such, it is only of any use to you if you have write access on the code repo.

You can run make build to just build the bin/vupdate


If you get creating archive "/var/lib/jenkins/jobs/ci-version-updater-builder/workspace/bin/vupdate.phar" disabled by the php.ini setting phar.readonly or something similar when using the make build tools, edit your php cli ini file and set phar.readonly = Off.


I first wrote the vupdate.php script some years ago. At that time it relied on the 'herrera-io/version' package from Kevin Herrara. He's since abandoned that package, so I've included his original code in the source of this package. It still works just fine. You can find it in the 'src' directory, along with his original tests in the 'test' directory. The Test Contract can be found at docs/ He has a permissive license on his code, so feel free to use this package to get access to the original code if you need it in some other application.

The build routine managed by the Makefile relies on Box. There is a box phar distribution in the bin directory which will be used by the makefile.