A helper to get the current git version of the application

v1.2.2 2020-04-09 13:16 UTC

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A helper class to get the current git version of the project.

Expects either a version file to exist in the base_path() of your project containing a version string, or the git binary to be available.

Framework version

This package works with both Laravel 4 and 5, and also Lumen.


Require it in your Laravel/Lumen project:

composer require tremby/laravel-git-version

Optional packages

This module uses Symfony's Process component if available, or falls back to shell_exec otherwise. So if your deployment environment has shell_exec disabled, you can work around this by installing symfony/process.


You can get the git version string with


Or you can get your app name and version number such as my-project/1.0 with


The app's name is taken from Config::get('', 'app'), so you can configure it in your config/app.php file or leave it as the default of app.

Recommended usage pattern

Ensure your git tags are pushed to your servers so that the versions are described properly.

During development and possibly in staging environments allow the version to be determined automatically (this is done via git describe).

As part of your production deployment procedure, write a version file (perhaps via a command like git describe --always --tags --dirty >version, since this is the command this package would run otherwise). When this version file exists the package will use its contents rather than executing git, saving some processor and IO time.

Add /version to your .gitignore file so your working tree stays clean and you don't accidentally commit it.


A view is provided which just outputs an HTML comment with the return value of getNameAndVersion(). I like to include this in the main layout template of the project.

To use this, install the service provider by adding it to your config/app.php file:

'providers' => [

Then the view is available: