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Semantic versioning is a set of rules to number releases in a meaningful and consistent manner. The idea is that a user can immediately see from the release number how severe changes are between releases.
Summary of rules
The semantic versioning page contains the rules that we follow. In brief:
Given a version number MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH, increment the:
- MAJOR version when you make incompatible API changes,
- MINOR version when you add functionality in a backwards-compatible manner, and
- PATCH version when you make backwards-compatible bug fixes.
Additional labels for pre-release and build metadata are available as extensions to the MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH format.
MDAnalysis and Semantic Versioning
A brief summary for what this means for MDAnalysis is given under Release Policy and Release Numbering.