Electron Versioning

If you are a seasoned Node developer, you are surely aware of semver - and might be used to giving your dependency management systems only rough guidelines rather than fixed version numbers. Due to the hard dependency on Node and Chromium, Electron is in a slightly more difficult position and does not follow semver. You should therefore always reference a specific version of Electron.

Version numbers are bumped using the following rules:

  • Major: For breaking changes in Electron's API - if you upgrade from 0.37.0 to 1.0.0, you will have to update your app.
  • Minor: For major Chrome and minor Node upgrades; or significant Electron changes - if you upgrade from 1.0.0 to 1.1.0, your app is supposed to still work, but you might have to work around small changes.
  • Patch: For new features and bug fixes - if you upgrade from 1.0.0 to 1.0.1, your app will continue to work as-is.

If you are using electron or electron-prebuilt, we recommend that you set a fixed version number (1.1.0 instead of ^1.1.0) to ensure that all upgrades of Electron are a manual operation made by you, the developer.

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