How do I go about programmatically getting the Blender version number?

Example: If I am running Blender 2.76, how would I get the version number from the python console?

  • $\begingroup$ Just out of curiosity, why do you want to do that with python? It seems much easier and faster to me to simply click on the splash screen. $\endgroup$
    – Jonas
    Jul 23, 2020 at 18:42

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Test using the python console:

>>> bpy.app.version_string

Usage within a script file:

import bpy

which will print the actual version to the system console window:



If you're looking to compare version numbers, it's easier to do this using bpy.app.version which will always be a tuple of 3 ints, (major, minor, subversion), eg: (2, 76, 0)

So you can compare the version number with regular comparison.

if (2, 76, 0) > bpy.app.version:
    print("Your Blender version is too old!")

Either open up a Text Editor area or just switch the Workspace to Scripting. Create a new document with the following contents and click run script or just press AltP:

import bpy


In the main menu bar go to Window > Toggle System Console to display the requested blender version in Blender's Console Window.

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    $\begingroup$ How this is different to the existing answer? $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Jul 23, 2020 at 12:54
  • $\begingroup$ Would point out the OP asked for python console code, no print necessary. Those of us using Linux or Mac versions of blender do not have the toggle system console menu item. Agree with @brockmann comment, this adds very little in way of new information. $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Jul 23, 2020 at 13:59

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