version-compare 0.0.4

A Rust library to easily compare version numbers, and test them against various comparison operators.

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Rust library: version-compare

A Rust library to easily compare version numbers, and test them against various comparison operators.


Comparing version numbers is hard. Especially when version numbers get really complex, or when their formatting differs.

This library helps you to easily compare any kind of version number with a single code-statement. Two version numbers can be compared to each other, to get a relevant comparison operator (<, ==, >), or version numbers can be tested against any given comparison operator.

Along with version comparison, the library also features other useful tools.
For example: version numbers can be parsed to inspect a version number by it's bare numeric or text based parts.

Inspired by PHPs version_compare().

Note: This library is still a work in progress. See the list below for a list of currently available and future features.


  • Compare two version numbers, get: <, == or >.
  • Compare two version numbers against any comparison operator.
  • Parse complex version numbers.
  • Static, single-statement methods available.

The following features will be added in a later version:

  • Version manifest, to specify detailed version number constraints.
  • Batch comparisons.


This library is very easy to use. Here's a basic usage example:


version-compare = "0.0.4"

extern crate version_compare;

use version_compare::{CompOp, Version, VersionCompare};

fn main() {
    // Define some version numbers
    let a = "1.2";
    let b = "1.5.1";

    // The following comparison operators are used:
    // - CompOp::Eq -> Equal
    // - CompOp::Ne -> Not equal
    // - CompOp::Lt -> Less than
    // - CompOp::Le -> Less than or equal
    // - CompOp::Ge -> Greater than or equal
    // - CompOp::Gt -> Greater than

    // Easily compare
    VersionCompare::compare(&a, &b); // -> CompOp::Lt
    VersionCompare::compare_to(&a, &b, &CompOp::Le); // -> true
    VersionCompare::compare_to(&a, &b, &CompOp::Gt); // -> false

    // Version string parsing
    let a_ver = Version::from(a).unwrap();
    let b_ver = Version::from(b).unwrap();

    // Directly compare versions
    let _ = a_ver < b_ver; // -> true
    let _ = a_ver <= b_ver; // -> true
    let _ = a_ver > b_ver; // -> false
    let _ = a_ver != b_ver; // -> false; // -> CompOp::Lt; // -> CompOp::Gt
    a_ver.compare_to(&b_ver, &CompOp::Lt); // -> true

    // Match
    match {
        CompOp::Lt => println!("Version a is less than b"),
        CompOp::Eq => println!("Version a is equal to b"),
        CompOp::Gt => println!("Version a is greater than b"),
        _ => panic!("This is never reached")

Check out the examples directory for more complete examples.


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This project is released under the GNU GPL-3.0 license. Check out the LICENSE file for more information.