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This python module provides a version class. Instances of this class may be used in representing and version numbers and compare them.

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This python module provides a version class. Instances of this class may be used in representing and version numbers and compare them.

Information about this module can be found here:

Why this module?

To manage data and software packages in a reasonable way versioning is important. For this you need to represent versions in computer memory. This is what this module does: Provide version objects so that you can work with version information programmatically. That's what this module has been written for.


This module provides:

  • Version - An object to represent version numbers in memory. (Parsing of version numbers is provided by this object as well.)
  • Constraint classes that can be used to check versions:
    • BaseVersionConstraint - the abstract base class for all constraints
    • A set of concrete constraint classes: VersionConstraint[GE|GT|LE|LT|NE|EQ|AND|OR]

How to use this module

Import this module

Please include this module into your application using the following code:

import jk_version

Parse a version number

Version numbers can either be specified as lists of integers or as a string. Examples:

  • Version([ 1, 7, 51 ])
  • Version(( 1, 7, 51 ))
  • Version("1.7.51")

Additionally you can use the following static method:

  • Version.parseFromStr("1.7.51")
  • Version.parseFromStr("1.7.51", bStrict=True)

Version numbering schema

For compatibility reasons the version number parser is designed to accept the following schema:

[ epoch ":" ] version_data [ "-" extra ]

Where epoch is optional and - if present - must be an integer, and version_data is a regular version string consisting of decimal numbers separated by points.

Examples for valid version numbers:

  • 0
  • 0.1
  • 0.1.2
  • 1
  • 1.7
  • 2020.12.24
  • 0.2022.8.6
  • 0.2022.8.6.1

Parsing epoch information is supported:

  • 2:0.1.2

And an extra identifier is supported as well:

  • 1.7-alpha
  • 0.1.2-dev
  • 1.2.3-stable
  • 2.3.4-SNAPSHOT
  • 3.4.5-beta2
  • 0.2022.8.6.2-rc1

In non-strict mode (= default) parsing will handle strings such as this as well:

  • 3.4.5.beta2

Generating version numbers

The Version class supports the generation of date based version numbers. Example:

v =

This would build a version number such as this:

  • 0.2022.8.6

Comparing version numbers

Version numbers can be compared. Example:

v1 = Version("0.1.2")
v2 = Version("0.2.0")
print(v2 > v1)

This will result in: True

NOTE: Please note that extra identifiers are stored in version objects but are ignored otherwise. If you require to compare two versions and this comparison must take this extra identifier into account you need to implement your own comparison function for this purpose. This is because of the fact that there is no general convention how this extra information can be processed.

Compatible Modules

Version number parsers:

Contact Information

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This software is provided under the following license:

  • Apache Software License 2.0

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