DevFaqVersionNumber

How do I set the version number?

There are two ways to set the version number shown in the Help... About dialog.

  • The easy way is to set the system property netbeans.buildnumber to some value in your application.
  • The harder way is to put this key/value currentVersion=My Product 1.2.3 into the file named "branding/modules/org-netbeans-core.jar/org/netbeans/core/ui/Bundle.properties" below your suite, then rebuild and run.
  • In NB 6.5 and later is the file location different: "branding/core/core.jar/org/netbeans/core/startup/Bundle.properties"


How do I set the version number automatically in maven-based applications?

Within your branding-module use Maven placeholders in Bundle.properties and within the pom.xml filter the bundle by the maven-resources-plugin.

Note: Some of the files below are ignored by default in version control by Netbeans so you might need to add them to preserve the changes.

src/main/nbm-branding/core/core.jar/org/netbeans/core/startup/Bundle.properties:

currentVersion=My app ${project.version}
LBL_splash_window_title=Starting My app ${project.version}

src/main/nbm-branding/modules/org-netbeans-core-windows.jar/org/netbeans/core/windows/view/ui/Bundle.properties:

CTL_MainWindow_Title=My app ${project.version}
CTL_MainWindow_Title_No_Project=My app ${project.version}

src/main/nbm-branding/modules/org-netbeans-core.jar/org/netbeans/core/ui/Bundle.properties:

LBL_ProductInformation=My app ${project.version}


pom.xml:

    <build>
        <resources>
            <resource>
                <directory>${basedir}/src/main/nbm-branding</directory>
                <!-- f.e. allow replacing ${project.version} in all property files below src/main/nbm-branding -->
                <includes>
                    <include>**/*.properties</include>
                </includes>
                <filtering>true</filtering>
                <targetPath>${basedir}/target/filtered-nbm-branding</targetPath>
            </resource>
        </resources>
        <plugins>
            <plugin>
                <groupId>org.codehaus.mojo</groupId>
                <artifactId>nbm-maven-plugin</artifactId>
                <configuration>
                    <!-- use previously filtered branding sources -->
                    <brandingSources>${basedir}/target/filtered-nbm-branding</brandingSources>
                </configuration>
            </plugin>
            <!-- ... -->
        </plugins>
    </build>
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