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I wish more developers used proper versioning for their projects on the itch.io client

A topic by surashu created 10 days ago Views: 59 Replies: 2
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Most of the time, when I download a game via the itch.io app, the versioning looks like this

Which isn't really that informative but whatever, I guess that's how itch does it. But when I tried pushing my own project using butler, I realized you can actually specify it properly like this.

Which is a lot more pleasing to look at imo. Basically, I just wish more developers configure their projects this way instead of relying on the cryptic sets of numbers that gets auto generated.


The version number is an optional flag from butler. If someone doesn't provide it then we just show our database's unique ID for that build or file. For non-butler uploads it's just the file ID, otherwise the build ID.

I agree the number isn't helpful, one potential idea is to show the auto-incrementing number so it's not a very large number. We would only have this available for butler uploads though.

For regular file uploads, we currently don't let people provide a custom version, so we should make that available. 

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I was going to reply on my phone but itch.io's comment editor started spazzing out and singing He-Man on me when I tried to backspace.

And yeah I agree it needs to be on the front-end too as some creators are averse to using command line utilities.