Determining the Joomla! Version

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If you need the exact version number of your Joomla! installation, you can use one of the variants described in this article.

Hint: The method listed as variant 1 is the simplest, since you only need any browser and your Joomla! password. Variants 2 and 3 can also be used if your Joomla! website cannot be accessed at the moment (for example if it is not assigned a domain).

Variant 1: Joomla Dashboard

Step 1

Log in to the administration area of Joomla. You can reach it at http://domain.tld/administrator. Just replace domain.tld with your domain.

Step 2

After successful login you will find the version number of your Joomla installation at the edge of the website.

Variant 2: Read version.php

Step 1

Connect to your web space and navigate to the folder of your website.

Step 2

You find the version number when you open the file version.php in a text editor and search for the term $RELEASE.

The file version.php is located in one of the listed folders
:

  • Joomla! 1.0.x - ./includes/version.php
  • Joomla! 1.5.x - ./libraries/joomla/version.php
  • Joomla! 2.5.x & 3.x - ./libraries/cms/version/version.php

Variant 2: Per Secure Shell (SSH)

Step 1

Connect to the web space with an SSH client and change to your main directory.

Step 2

Execute the following command sequence (as a whole line):

grep -Rs --include="version.php" "\$RELEASE" * | awk -F\' '{print "Joomla! "$2" - "$1}' | awk -F\: '{print $1}'