GitVersion Docs

GitVersion is a tool to help you achieve Semantic Versioning on your project.

This influences many of the decisions GitVersion has made, please read and understand this page as it will help you start using GitVersion effectively!


GitVersion works on Mac, Linux with Mono and Windows.

Tip: If you get System.TypeInitializationException: The type initializer for 'LibGit2Sharp.Core.NativeMethods' threw an exception. ---> System.DllNotFoundException: lib/linux/x86_64/

You likely need to install libcurl3. Run sudo get-get install libcurl3


Tags override other rules

If a commit is tagged, then GitVersion will always use that version over any calculated versions. This is so if you rebuild a tag then the same version will be produced.

The Semantic Version does not increment every commit

This trips a lot of people up, by default GitVersion does not increment the SemVer every commit. This means that you will get multiple builds producing the same version of your application.

Read more at version increments

Version sources

There are a number of sources GitVersion can get its versions from, they include:

  • Tags
  • Version numbers in branches (e.g. release/2.0.0)
  • Merge messages (for branches with versions in them, e.g. Merged branch 'release/2.0.0' into master)
  • Track version of another branch (e.g. develop tracks master, so when master increments so does develop)
  • GitVersion.yml file (e.g next-version: 2.0.0)

Read more at version sources


GitVersion v3 was rewritten to be very configuration driven rather than hardcoding git workflows into it. This has made it a lot more flexible. Configuration options can be set globally or per branch.

Read more about configuration

Output Variables

We recognise that a single formatted version number does not work for all cases. A simple example is NuGet, it doesn't support SemVer 2.0 meaning that the SemVer of 1.3.5-beta.10+500 needs to be formatted as 1.3.5-beta0010 so it will sort properly.

You can just run GitVersion.exe in your repository to see what variables are available (by default a json object is returned).

Exe or MSBuild Task

There are two ways to consume GitVersion, the first is by running GitVersion.exe. The second is an MSBuild task. The MSBuild task is really easy to get up and running, simply install GitVersionTask from NuGet and it will integrate into your project and write out variables to your build server if it's running on one. The exe offers more options and works for .NET projects as well as other project types.

Read more about using GitVersion

Supported languages and frameworks

GitVersion is language and framework agnostic.

Automatic update of version in projects

GitVersion supports the following projects to automatically update its version information.

ProjectType Command Line Tool MS Build Task
C# Project with AssemblyInfo.cs Supported Supported
VB.NET Project with AssemblyInfo.vb Supported Supported