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Alex Sarafian
Alex Sarafian

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Add semantic versioning capabilities to PowerShell

The SemVerPS PowerShell module offers the ability to work with Semantic Version utilizing the .net implementation from Max Hauser's SemVer repository. With this module, it is possible to:

  • Work with Semantic Version as typed object leveraging or comparison operators
  • Enhance object with a NoteProperty that contains a Semantic Version.
  • Filter and/or test above enhanced list of objects.
    • This could be very useful if for example a list of items is retrieved where part of the name is a semantic version and we want to filter the list.

Basic usage with ConvertTo-SemVer

Use the ConvertTo-SemVer to convert strings to semantic version objects. For example:

ConvertTo-SemVer -Version "1.0.0"
Major      : 1
Minor      : 0
Patch      : 0
Prerelease : 
Build      : 
ConvertTo-SemVer -Version "1.0.1-alpha+1" -Strict
Major      : 1
Minor      : 0
Patch      : 1
Prerelease : alpha
Build      : 1

Use the Test-SemVer to test if a string or a semantic version is stable or prerelease. For example:

Test-SemVer -InputObject "1.0.0"

Test-SemVer -InputObject "1.0.0" -Stable

Test-SemVer -InputObject "1.0.0-alpha+1" -PreRelease alpha

Add semantic versioning member to existing objects

Often there is a need to attach a semantic version notation to an object or a list of objects. Use the Add-SemVerMember to add a member where the semantic version value is derived either from an expression or a script block. By default the semantic version is add to a property named SemVer but this can be changed by defining the Property parameter. For example:

[pscustomobject]@{Name="example-1.0.0"}|Add-SemVerMember -Expression 'Name.Replace("example-","")' -PassThru
[pscustomobject]@{Name="example-1.0.0"}|Add-SemVerMember -ScriptBlock {$_.Name.Replace("example-","")} -PassThru -Name "AnotherProperty"
Name          SemVer
----          ------
example-1.0.0 1.0.0

Name          AnotherProperty
----          ---------------
example-1.0.0 1.0.0

As an extension of the Test-SemVer, use the Limit-SemVer to filter objects based on semantic version conditions. Each object can be in the form of a string, or a semantic version instance or an object that has been enhanced with Add-SemVerMember. For example:

$versions|Limit-SemVer -Stable
$versions|Limit-SemVer -Prerelease alpha

)|Foreach-Object {
    [pscustomobject]@{Name=$_}| Add-SemVerMember -Expression 'Name.Replace("example-","")' -PassThru  
$objectsWithVersions|Limit-SemVer -Stable
$objectsWithVersions|Limit-SemVer -Prerelease alpha
Name          SemVer
----          ------
example-1.0.0 1.0.0

Name                  SemVer
----                  ------
example-1.0.0-alpha+1 1.0.0-alpha+1

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