2019-03-26 10:42:03 2019-03-26 10:27:18 2019-03-26 10:27:17 6636122
Fediverse, how do I know what version my server runs?
Sometimes you're in a situation when you want to know which version of a software the instance you are using runs.
For example, the software rolls out a cool new feature you read about somewhere. But of coarse it's only in the very newest version.
Or you are on the search for a new instance and you want to check if it is somehow outdated or pretty modern.
So I decided to find out how you can find out what version the software is running.
If you are logged in it's on the sidebar
And if you ain't logged in you can find it on the bottom of the landing page
In general: You want to access the site https://your.friendica.server/friendica
So you can type that into the url bar of your browser and you'll get a page like this:
You can access that page if you are logged in when you click your nickname-menu in the upper right corner, that choose "help" scroll down and there is a link to the version-page
If you are not logged in there is an Info-I in the upper right corner (e.g. on the log in page, but also on the register page…)
No matter if you are logged in or not, scroll down on any page there will be some footer and most likely in the very left column it tells you the version of the instance:
Access https://your.hubzilla.server/siteinfo by typing this into your address bar or for example by clicking Burger-Menu → Help → About this pod → Siteinfo as seen on the screenshot:
On that page you can see the version of your hubzilla hub:
There seem to be several ways to find the version. For example, if you are logged in and you have the standard view with "first steps" in the very right column it tells the version on the bottom of that column:
Or you try to access one of the "meta"-pages of your server like
/terms. On all these pages the version in noted in the footer at the bottom of the page:
I have no idea, it probably depends on your client. Maybe someone has a hint for me
On the landing page if you're not logged in the version info is in the bottom right corner. If you are logged in it's on the left side.
No matter if you're logged in or not on every single page on the verry bottom in the middle of the page/column it says something like
On any and every page of pixelfed there is a text "Powered by Pixelfed" in the bottom right corner. You have to hover that text with your mouse to get the version information.
I couln't find a way to get the version on the web interface (tell me if you know) but with as post projects you can access the
Usually it is located at
https://your.pleroma.server/nodeinfo/2.0.jsonbut if not, you can find out the correct URL under
https://your.pleroma.server/.well-known/nodeinfo. If your browser cannot render the JSON proper you can paste the content into a json viewer and hit "viewer".
Somewhere is a block "software" that contains the field "version" where you can find pleromas version. Don't confuse it with the "version"-statement for the document (for example 2.0 or 2.1 that is the nodeinfo-version, not the pleroma-version).
As far as I can see it's written on every page in the pages footer on the left site:
As of the wide usual customization of wordpress I couldn't find a way how most of the instances expose their version. Try to follow the nodeinfo -way I discribed at Pleroma because it seems some (many?) wordpress instances use it.
(once known as "write.as")
Like some other projects the version of a write freely instance is pointed out at the bottom of almost every page:
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The projects I chose to explain here were those with the most nodes on the-federation.info (except ActivityRelay because it's not so relevant for users). And the order is alphabetically.
#fediverse #federatoin #decentralnetwork #activitypub #lightpub #version #tutorial #overview #help #ccby #software #thefederation @The Federation #nodeinfo
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