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Typescript utilities for manipulating SLS versions.


  • SlsVersion - a class that represents a valid SLS version
  • SlsVersionMatcher - a matcher than supports matching specific ranges of versions, for example:
    • 1.2.3 matches only the version 1.2.3
    • 1.2.x matches any SLS version that starts with 1.2.
    • 1.x.x matches any SLS version that starts with 1.

SLS Product Version Specification

This specification describes orderable and non-orderable product version strings for use in an SLS manifest.

Orderable version strings

Orderable version strings fall into one of 4 version types as defined by a category (release or release candidate) and whether it is a snapshot version or not (snapshot versions contain a commit hash at the end), the cross section of which produces the following:

Version Type                        Example                 Format
------------                        -------                 ------
Release                             1.0.0                   ^[0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+$
Release Snapshot                    1.0.0-1-gaaaaaaa        ^[0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+-[0-9]+-g[a-f0-9]+$

Release candidate (rc)              1.0.0-rc1               ^[0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+-rc[0-9]+$
Release candidate (rc) snapshot     1.0.0-rc1-1-gaaaaaaa    ^[0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+-rc[0-9]+-[0-9]+-g[a-f0-9]+$

Note that in each example above, we define the 'base' version as the major/minor/patch-version component (in this case, they are all the same, 1.0.0).


For any pair of orderable product version strings, it is straightforward to define an order governing which of the product versions is newer and which one is older. The order allows deployment tooling to make informed decisions about forward-vs-backwards product migrations. Further, it simplifies reasoning about product compatibility via version ranges; for instance, a product may declare that it is compatible with a second product with a version in [1.2.3, 2.0.0).

For any two orderable versions, v1 and v2, we can define whether v1 is a bigger (equivalently, later, newer, etc) than v2. For the four variants, there can be up to three numeric components identifying a version. From left to right, they are: the usual notation of the base version (e.g., for 1.2.3, 1=major, 2=minor, 3=patch), an optional second numeric component to identify a release candidate (e.g. -rc3) or a snapshot version (e.g. -5-gnm4s9ba), and finally an optional third numeric component to identify a release candidate snapshot version (e.g. -rc3-5-gnm4s9ba).

Intuitively, given the same base version, snapshot versions are bigger than non-snapshot versions, normal release versions are bigger than release candidate versions, and a normal release snapshot version is bigger than a release candidate of any kind. The following top-down procedure determines whether v1 is bigger than v2, written v1 > v2; comparisons like major(v1) > major(v2) are by integer ordering (not lexicographic ordering):

  • If major(v1) > major(v2), then v1 > v2
  • If minor(v1) > minor(v2), then v1 > v2
  • If patch(v1) > patch(v2), then v1 > v2
  • From here on, let us assume that the base versions (major/minor/patch) are the same for v1 and v2
  • If v1 is a normal snapshot version and v2 is a normal release, then v1 > v2
  • If v1 is a normal release version and v2 is a rc version, then v1 > v2
  • If v1 and v2 are both normal snapshot versions and snapshot(v1) > snapshot(v2), then v1 > v2
  • If v1 and v2 are both rc versions and rc(v1) > rc(v2), then v1 > v2
  • From here on, let us assume that v1 and v2 are both rc versions of the same rc() number
  • If v1 is a snapshot rc version and v2 is a normal rc version, then v1 > v2
  • If v1 and v2 are both snapshot rc versions and rcSnapshot(v1) > rcSnapshot(v2), then v1 > v2

Further, v1 is as big as v2, written v1 == v2, iff neither v1 > v2 nor v2 > v1. We write v1 >= v2 if v1 > v2 or v1 == v2.

Examples, with each greater than all the previous:

  • RC: 1.0.0-rc1
  • Bigger RC: 1.0.0-rc2
  • RC Snapshot trumps RC: 1.0.0-rc2-4-gaaaaaaa
  • Bigger RC Snapshot: 1.0.0-rc2-5-gccccccc
  • Base trumps RC: 2.0.0
  • Snapshot trumps all: 2.0.0-3-gaaaaaaa
  • Bigger Snapshot: 2.0.0-4-gbbbbbbb
  • Bigger Base: 2.1.0-rc1
  • Release trumps RC: 2.1.0

Examples of equality:

  • 1.2.0 == 1.2.0
  • 2.0.0-rc1 == 2.0.0-rc1
  • 2.0.0-rc1-3-gaaaaaaa == 2.0.0-rc1-3-gbbbbbbb
  • 2.0.0-5-gbbbbbbb == 2.0.0-5-gaaaaaaa1

Note that any two release and rc versions are equally big iff they are syntactically equal. As the second example demonstrates, this does not hold for snapshot versions.

Orderable string regular expression

Version strings follow the orderable format if they match the follow regular expression:


For example, 1.x.x, 2.0.x, x.x.x, and 1.2.3 are valid version matchers, whereas x.y.z, x.0.0, 0.x.3, x.x.2, 1.x, and ^x\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+$ are not. A matcher is said to match a release version if there are (independent) substitutions for x that turn the matcher into the version. For example, 1.x.x matches 1.0.0 and 1.2.3, but it does not match 2.0.0 or 0.1.1.

Non-orderable version strings

Version strings follow the non-orderable format if they match the follow regular expression:


For example, 1.0.0.dirty, 0.0.1-custom-description-42, and 2.0.0-1-gaaaaaa.dirty are valid but non-orderable version strings, whereas 5.0,, and 1.0.0-FOO are not valid version strings under this spec.

There are no ordering guarantees for a pair of non-orderable versions, or between an orderable and a non-orderable version string.