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Assigning version numbers to EVM changes #178

axic opened this issue Nov 15, 2016 · 1 comment


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commented Nov 15, 2016


To have consistent and simple way referring to EVM versions in clients and tools.


A limited subset of semantic versioning (semver) is introduced for EVM versions. Only a major and minor version numbers are used, patch level is omitted.

In the past, almost each hard fork made a breaking change (and thus introduced a new major bump) to the underlying EVM implementation, but this is not necessarily a requirement for future hard forks.

The past changes are versioned as follows:

  • 1.0 - Frontier
  • 1.1 - Homestead (+ EIP7)
  • 2.0 - EIP150.1c ("all but one", OOG changes)

EVM version identifier

The #154 proposal can be extended to include the above version numbers in a binary format. A straightforward way is to store major and minor as an 8 bit value each. Setting certain restrictions would allow to pack them into a single 8 bit value.


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commented Mar 11, 2019

Can wasm-like prefix be used. I.e. 4 bytes "\x00evm" + 4 bytes little endian version number?

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