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#bpv - BumP Version

Bpv is a package that helps you to increase semver versions in your project. It takes the current version, increases it, and then updates all matches in the specified files with the new version.


npm i -D bpv

Or, you may want to install it globally:

npm i -g bpv


Bpv expects a bpv.conf.json file, which looks like this:

	"currentVersion": "20.0.3",
        "commitMessage": "chore: bump version",
	"rules": [
		{"file": "bpv.conf.json", "version": "\"currentVersion\": \"{{version}}\""},
		{"file": "manifest.xml", "version": "\"version\": \"{{version}}\""}
  • currentVersion holds current software's version.
  • rules is an array of objects with information about files that contain version strings and how version strings look. {{version}} in the "version" property is an actual semver version. Use \" to escape quotes.
  • commitMessage(optional) is a commit message that will be used if --commit flag is provided


If we have a build.gradle file:

    android {
      namespace 'com.example.testapp'
      compileSdk 33

      defaultConfig {
          applicationId "com.example.testapp"
          minSdk 24
          targetSdk 33
          versionCode 1
          versionName "1.0.3"

And we want to increment version only in this file, our bpv.conf.json should look so:

	"currentVersion": "1.0.3",
	"rules": [
		{"file": "bpv.conf.json", "version": "\"currentVersion\": \"{{version}}\""},
		{"file": "android/build.gradle", "version": "versionName \"{{version}}\""}

Note that bpv.conf.json is also presented in the config file.


#Increment version

Use bump command with a version number to increment (major, minor, or patch), for example:

npx bpv bump --major

There're also a few optional flags:

  • --commit, -c - if set, bpv creates a commit with the "Bump version" message. Under the hood bpv uses git add -u or hg ci commands to add files, so files that are not in the git index won't be commited. Supports git and mercurial.
  • --tag, -t - create a tag after version increment with new version as annotate message
  • --verbose, -v - print the list of files and the result of version replacement in them.

Bump version and create a "Bump version" commit:

npx bpv bump --patch --commit

#Set version

Use the set command to set a version directly:

npx bpv set "1.0.0-beta.0"

The set command also accepts --commit, --tag and --verbose flags.

#Test version bump

You can check how a command will work without any real changes with a --dry (-d) option. It prints a new version and the list of files that will be changed:

npx bpv bump --major --dry



New version is: 2.0.0
File: bpv.conf.json changed: true
File: app/last_changelog.md changed: true

You can use --dry option with --commit or --tag options as well. No files will be committed and no tags will be created, but you can see any potential issues:

npx bpv bump --major -dct


Can't commit because the repository has modified files


  • [x] Use bp.conf.json config file instead of bpv.conf.json
  • [x] Check if git is available before commit/tag
  • [x] Add support for other VCS (mercurial)
  • [x] Get rid of replace-in-file package dependency
  • [x] Add set command to manually set the version
  • [x] Create tags in git, not only commits