Why is my version not incrementing?
GitVersion calculates the semantic version, this will only change once per release. Read more about version increments.
I'm using Octopus deploy
Because Octopus deploy cannot have the same version of a package to a NuGet feed. There is no magic solution to this, but you can read more about your options at octopus deploy.
How can GitVersion run for a shallow clone or checkout on server working directories
GitVersion needs a proper git repository to run, some build servers do not do a proper clone which can cause issues. GitVersion has a feature called dynamic repositories which solves this by cloning the repository and working against that clone instead of the working directory.
I don't understand what SemVer is all about
Not a problem, we have a quick introduction to SemVer which can be a good primer to read before reading SemVer.org.
I can't use the build number for NuGet
If you have used NuGet you would notice the versions above are not compatible with NuGet. GitVersion solves this by providing variables.
What you have seen above is the
SemVer variable. You can use the
NuGetVersion variable to have the version formatted in a NuGet compatible way.
1.0.1-rc.1+5 would become
1.0.1-rc0001, this takes into account
characters which are not allowed and NuGets crap sorting.
NuGetVersion variable is floating, so when NuGet 3.0 comes out
with proper SemVer support GitVersion will switch this variable to a proper
If you want to fix the version, use
NuGetVersionV2 which will stay the same
after NuGet 3.0 comes out
How do I choose my branching strategy (GitFlow vs GitHubFlow)
If you run
gitversion init then choose
Getting started wizard then choose
Unsure, tell me more, GitVersion will run through a series of questions which
will try and help point you towards a branching strategy and why you would use
Merged branch names as version source
When GitVersion considers previous commits to calculate a version number, it's important that the metadata to be considered is stable. Since branches are usually deleted after they are merged, the name of a branch can't be considered as a stable version source. Branch names are not stable, they are ephemeral.
The only place a branch name can be considered for version calculation is for
the branch itself. This is typically used for
release/* branches, which
usually have a version number in their name. For the release branch
release/1.2.3, the verison number
1.2.3 will be used to calculate the final
version number for the release branch.
However, when the
release/1.2.3 branch is merged into
main, the fact that
the merged commits came from a branch named
release/1.2.3 vanishes with the
branch which will be deleted. The name of the merged release branch can
therefore not be considered for version calculation in the target branch of the