Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 Version Numbers and Updates

Which Version of Visual Studio do I Have?

Because I couldn’t find it on the web, here’s a list of the Visual Studio 2013 Version numbers for each of the Updates:

VS 2012 Version Version ID
Shell – RTM 11.0.50727.1
Update 5 11.0.61219.00
VS 2013 Version Version ID
RTM 12.0.21005.1
Update 1 12.0.30110.0
Update 2 12.0.30324.0
Update 3 12.0.30723.0
Update 4 12.0.31101.0
Update 5 12.0.40629.0
VS 2015 Version Version ID
RTM 14.0.23107.0
Update 1 14.0.24720.00
Update 2 14.0.25123.00
Update 3 14.0.25420.10

For VS2017 versions, check out this link:  VS 2017 Release Notes

For VS2019 versions, check out this link:  VS 2019 Release Notes

13 thoughts on “Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 Version Numbers and Updates

    • Interestingly, the downloaded setup file shows (in the Properties window in Window’s Explorer) the correct version, 14.0.25420.10. Looks like the VS Update screen shows itself an incorrect version.

  1. I see your entry for Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 says “14.0.25420.10”.

    I have Visual Studio Professional 2015 installed.

    The “About Microsoft Visual Studio” popup says: Version 14.0.25431.01 Update 3

    My actual solution file says:-
    Visual Studio 14
    VisualStudioVersion = 14.0.25420.1

    How crazy is this?

    • What you see in the solution file is usually a lower number and is updated less regularly, unless there are breaking changes in the solution-project structure. There’s also a number that shows the compat level of your sln file (MinimumVisualStudioVersion).

      The number 14 is the internal main version number, which just increases with one between each major version. It maps to 2015. Just like 15 (in the sln file) maps to Visual Studio 2017.

      You cannot rely on the version in the sln file to match the version in Visual Studio. For instance, if you create your sln file in VS2015 it will have version 14 internally, if you open (and continue working your project) in VS207, it will retain the old version number, unless you make an incompatible change.

      > Version 14.0.25431.01 Update 3

      That designates a servicing release of Update 3 (in other words: a variant of the VS2015 Update 3 release), more info here:

  2. Very helpful list, thank you!

    I have a Visual Studio 2013 Professional DVD-ROM whose disc label says “RTM”, but the installer version is 12.0.21005.3.

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