For the existing Sitecore instances, what are the different ways to find the version of the Sitecore CMS ?


If you have access to the file system for the instance, you can look at /sitecore/shell/sitecore.version.xml. Otherwise, you can log into desktop mode and from the start menu, go to All Applications > System > License Details.

Also sitecore output the sitecore version to new error log files.

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    If you have file access you can also look at the file properties of Sitecore.Kernel.dll. It also states the Sitecore version (prior to v8.2). They have changed the file version number to 10.x starting from version 8.2. No idea why. – Thomas D Oct 4 '16 at 7:59
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    Also, if you have access to the file system - the version of Sitecore is also listed at the start of the main log file – Phil Burton Oct 4 '16 at 14:14

An alternative way to see the version and License Id on Sitecore 8+. Go to the login screen /sitecore/login and view the source. Search for an element Id called licenseOptions - you should see this:

<div id="licenseOptions" style="display: none;">

    <div class="license-info-wrap">
        <li>System information</li>
        <li>License holder YOUR NAME</li>
        <li>License ID 123456789123</li>
        <li>Sitecore version Sitecore.NET 8.1 (rev. 160519)</li>

      <iframe src="http://sdn.sitecore.net/startpage.aspx?..." id="StartPage" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" style="display: none; height: 105px;" onload="javascript:this.style.display=&#39;block&#39;"></iframe>

    <div class="login-link-wrap">
      <a href="javascript:;" id="licenseOptionsBack" class="login-link">&lt; Back</a>  


You can enabled this to be visible in the settings config too. Change this setting Login.DisableLicenseInfo to false.

Source: Kb Article


In Sitecore 7.5 and down, you can view the exact version of Sitecore from the Content Editor. Click on the Sitecore Icon in the top left hand corner, then select "About". A new dialog box will appear with the Sitecore version information


You can have the Sitecore version from the Sitecore Control Panel: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sitecore-content-author-tips-which-my-version-jose-neto

You can also have it on the Sitecore login page for Sitecore 7.X.

On Sitecore 8.X, it is present in an hidden section activated with a simple setting: http://www.newguid.net/sitecore/2014/sitecore-8-help-wheres-license-information/

You could also inspect the page DOM and show this section by yourself: https://grantkillian.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/how-sitecore-phones-home-maybe/

  • First 2 links are broken - can you edit your answer to contain the important info? – Don Cheadle Aug 28 '19 at 19:39
  • Without the links content, I do not know that is the important info they contained. Sorry. – Jean-François L'Heureux Aug 29 '19 at 19:08

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