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How to check the Laravel version of your application

Sebastian Schlein

Sometimes you need to know the exact version of your Laravel application. Luckily, there are multiple ways hot to check the version and you can use the one that fits your needs in a specific situation.

Check Laravel version via CLI

You can check the Laravel version via an artisan command. This is the easiest way if you use the terminal regularly and are familiar with artisan commands in general. You can get the version via the command:

php artisan --version

Get the Laravel version the app() helper

Every Laravel release has the version of the framework as constant in the Application.php file. You can access this constant via the app() helper.

app()->version()

If you don't want to create a /test route to get the version, you can use php artisan tinker to get into the tinker REPL and run it from there. If you use Tinkerwell, you can run the code directly in Tinkerwell and this is what we are doing most of the time. It works on local applications and via SSH and checking the Laravel version is a breeze.

Displaying the Laravel version in a Blade template

If you want to check the current Laravel version but don't run code every time, you can also display the version in your admin system via Blade. You can either display it via the app() helper or create a Blade macro for it. Displaying via the helper works with a simple output:

The current Laravel version is {{ app()->version() }}

If you check the Laravel version often and need it in multiple views, it could be useful to have a Blade directive for it. Blade directives are placed in the boot method of the AppServiceProvider of your application and you can add this code to simply display the version in Blade templates with @laravelVersion

Blade::directive('laravelVersion', function () {
    return "<?php echo app()->version(); ?>";
});

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