Dist::Zilla::Plugin::NextVersion::Semantic - update the next version, semantic-wise


version 0.2.6


    # in dist.ini

    major = MAJOR, API CHANGE
    revision = REVISION, BUG FIXES

    ; must also load a PreviousVersionProvider


Increases the distribution's version according to the semantic versioning rules (see by inspecting the changelog.

More specifically, the plugin performs the following actions:

at build time

Reads the changelog using CPAN::Changes and filters out of the {{$NEXT}} release section any group without item.

before a release

Ensures that there is at least one recorded change in the changelog, and increments the version number in consequence. If there are changes given outside of the sections, they are considered to be minor.

after a release

Updates the new {{$NEXT}} section of the changelog with placeholders for all the change categories. With categories as given in the SYNOPSIS, this would look like



      [API CHANGE]




      [BUG FIXES]

If a version is given via the environment variable V, it will taken as-if as the next version.

For this plugin to work, your Dist::Zilla configuration must also contain a plugin consuming the Dist::Zilla::Role::YANICK::PreviousVersionProvider role.

In the different configuration attributes where change group names are given, the special group name UNGROUPED can be given to specify the nameless group.

    0.1.3 2013-07-18

    - this item will be part of UNGROUPED.

    - this one won't.



File name of the changelog. Defaults to Changes.


If true, the version will be a number using the x.yyyzzz convention instead of x.y.z. Defaults to false.


Specifies the version format to use. Follows the '%d' convention of sprintf (see examples below), excepts for one detail: '%3d' won't pad with whitespaces, but will only determine the maximal size of the number. If a version component exceeds its given size, the next version level will be incremented.


        PATCH LEVEL INCREASES: 0.0.998 -> 0.0.999 -> 0.1.0
        MINOR LEVEL INCREASES: 0.0.8 -> 0.1.0 -> 0.2.0
        MAJOR LEVEL INCREASES: 0.1.8 -> 1.0.0 -> 2.0.0

        PATCH LEVEL INCREASES: 0.0098 -> 0.00099 -> 0.0100
        MINOR LEVEL INCREASES: 0.0008 -> 0.0100 -> 0.0200
        MAJOR LEVEL INCREASES: 0.0108 -> 1.0000 -> 2.0000

        MINOR LEVEL INCREASES: 0.99998 -> 0.99999 -> 1.00000
        MAJOR LEVEL INCREASES: 0.00108 -> 1.00000 -> 2.00000

Defaults to '%d.%3d.%3d'.


Comma-delimited list of categories of changes considered major. Defaults to API CHANGES.


Comma-delimited list of categories of changes considered minor. Defaults to ENHANCEMENTS and UNGROUPED.


Comma-delimited list of categories of changes considered revisions. Defaults to BUG FIXES, DOCUMENTATION.


Yanick Champoux <>


This software is copyright (c) 2021, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 by Yanick Champoux.

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