Take control over your Laravel app version

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Take control over your Laravel app version


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This package is a Laravel (5.5+) utility which helps you keep and manage your application version, increment version numbers (major, minor, patch, commit), and can also use your last commit hash.

The end results of this package are:

  • Print a version on a page.
  • Print it in the console, via an Artisan command.

Full SemVer compatibility

This package is able to parse a SemVer version:


And translate it to be used as:

label: v
major: 2
minor: 0
patch: 1
prerelease: alpha
buildmetadata: 1227
commit: 49ffe2

You can use the format function to rewrite and show it in your app, for instance, as:

MyApp version 2.0.1 - alpha 1227 (commit 49ffe2)

Some use cases for those results could be:

  • Make sure a rollback was successful.
  • Know if an update reached all servers.
  • Check if a user is looking at the last version of your app.
  • Verify if is Travis CI testing the version it is supposed to be testing.
  • You simple love to version your stuff, and you like to see them in all your pages? That's cool too. :)
  • What's your use case? Tell us!


Easily control you app version using a YAML config file

        major: 1
        minor: 0
        patch: 0
        format: '{$major}.{$minor}.{$patch}'
        mode: number
        number: 701036

Use your git commit as your app commit hash/number

Configure it

    mode: git-local

And you may have an output like this

MyApp version 1.0.0 (commit a9c03f)

Or just use an incremental commit hash/number:

    mode: number
    number: 701036

To get

MyApp version 1.0.0 (commit 701036)

Easily increment your version numbers, using Artisan commands

php artisan version:commit

Which should print the new version number

New commit: 701037
MyApp version 1.0.0 (commit 701037) 

Available for all of them:

$ php artisan version:major   
$ php artisan version:minor   
$ php artisan version:patch   
$ php artisan version:build   

The output format is highly configurable

You can configure the :

  version: "{$major}.{$minor}.{$patch}"
  full: "version {{'format.version'}} (commit {$commit})"
  compact: "v{{'format.version'}}-{$commit}"

Those are the results for full and compact formats

MyApp version 1.0.0 (commit 701037)
MyApp v1.0.0-701037

It gives you access to dynamic methods:


And should you create a new one:

  awesome: "awesome version {$major}.{$minor}.{$patch}"

It will also become callable:


A Facade is available

Version::version() // 1.2.25

Version::commit() // 703110

Version::major() // 1

Version::minor() // 2

Version::patch() // 25

Version::format('full') // version 1.0.0 (commit 703110)

Version::full() // version 1.0.0 (commit 703110) -- dynamic method

Version::format('compact') // v.1.0.0-703110

Version::compact() // v.1.0.0-703110 -- dynamic method

Instantiating it

If you prefer not to use the Façade:


The best ways to instantiate it are:

A simple PHP object instantiation:

$version = new \PragmaRX\Version\Package\Version();


Or to get an already instantiated Version object from the container:


But you have to make sure you published the config file

A Blade directive is also ready to be used in your views

You can use this directive to render a full version format:


Or choose the format:


You can configure the directive name:

blade_directive: printversion



Git tags

You can use your git tags as application versions, all you need is to set the version source to "git":

version_source: git

And if you add a commit hash/number to your tags:

$ git tag -a -f v0.1.1.3128

Version will use it as your app commit hash/number

Matching other version (git tags) formats

You probably only need to change the git version matcher

    matcher: "/[V|v]*[ersion]*\\s*\\.*(\\d+)\\.(\\d+)\\.(\\d+)\\.*(\\w*)/"

So let's say you tag your releases as


You can change your matcher to

    matcher: "/(\d{4})(\d{2})(\d{2})(?:\d{2})/"

And remove dots from your formats:

  compact: "v{$major}{$minor}{$patch}-{$commit}"

Using the current application version in your code

Here's a community example on how to send the app version number when logging an exception to Bugsnag:


namespace App\Exceptions;

use PragmaRX\Version\Package\Version;
use Bugsnag\BugsnagLaravel\Facades\Bugsnag;

class Handler extends ExceptionHandler
    public function report(Exception $exception)
        if ($this->shouldReport($exception)) {
            Bugsnag::setAppVersion((new Version())->format('version'));

Commit Timestamp

This package also lets you absorb the last commit timestamp or store the current date to the version.yml file. This is the format in the config file:


To absorb you only need to configure mode: absorb then execute:

php artisan version:absorb

But you can also set mode: increment then execute:

php artisan version:timestamp

To store the current date and time to the config file:

$ php artisan version:minor
New timestamp: 2019-09-16 18:23:03
MyApp version 2.3.2 (commit 49ffe2)

And you can then use it to show in your app:


Artisan commands

Those are the commands you have at your disposal:


Show the current app version:

$ php artisan version:show
PragmaRX version 1.0.0 (build 701031)

$ php artisan version:show --format=compact
PragmaRX v1.0.0-701031

$ php artisan version:show --format=compact --suppress-app-name


You need to set mode: absorb.

Version can absorb git version and commit to the config file, so you can delete the .git folder and still keep your version and commit for fast access. You have to configure git_absorb in your config file:

  git_absorb: git-local # "false", "git-local" or "git-remote"

And run it

$ php artisan version:absorb

The usual configuration setup to implement absorb is:

version_source: config             ## must be set as config
    major: 1                       ## |
    minor: 0                       ## | --> will be changed by absorb
    patch: 0                       ## |
    git_absorb: git-local          ## configure to get from local or remote
    mode: number                   ## must be set as number
    number: f477c8                 ## will be changed by absorb
    git_absorb: git-local          ## configure to get from local or remote 


You need to set mode: increment.

Increment the version item:

$ php artisan version:minor
New minor version: 5
MyApp version 1.5.0 (commit 701045)

Regex Matcher

This is the current regex used to break a version string:


You can test it online:


Via Composer

$ composer require pragmarx/version

Then publish the configuration file you'll have to:

$ php artisan vendor:publish --provider="PragmaRX\Version\Package\ServiceProvider"

And you should be good to use it in your views:


As git versions are cached, you can tell composer to refresh your version numbers every time an update or install occur, by adding the refresh command to post-autoload-dump:

"post-autoload-dump": [
    "@php artisan version:refresh"

[Optional] You may also can automated this process by set inside your .git/hooks/post-commit. It will automatic run the command once you have make a commit.


php artisan version:refresh

If you are using Git commits on your commit numbers, you may have to add the git repository to your .env file


If you are using git-local make sure the current folder is a git repository

Minimum requirements

  • Laravel 5.5
  • PHP 7.0


$ composer test


  • If you are having trouble to install because of symfony/router (3.3/3.4) or symfony/yaml (3.3/3.4), you can try to:
rm -rf vendor
rm composer.lock
composer install


Antonio Carlos Ribeiro


This package is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details


Pull requests and issues are welcome.