What's the difference between version and release

I feel like this is something that should be obvious but it's not (to me at least). I've searched and couldn't find a clear answer so can someone please explain the difference?


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In JIRA, versions are intended to indicate an actual version of your software (2.3.5).  However, depending on how your software is being delivered, you could also use releases in this field.  For instance, our project has time-boxed releases where the content of the release is flexible but the release date is not.  Therefore, version and release are somewhat interchangeable.  However, I could see an instance where you separately track software versions and still have a separate concept called a release.

For example, you could have your versions go along as 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.4.0, 2.4.1, etc. and not necessarily know what version will go into your release 1, 2, 3, etc.  In this case, you could have version 2.4.1 deployed as part of release 2.  This is especially true if you have multiple software projects all going into a single release.


IN context of jira, a version is a milestone. You tag several issues with a version say 1.1 and when say you deliver that version to a customer you go and mark the version as released.

All unresolved issues in that version then can be moved into the next release say 1.2.

Does that answer your question?


@Rahul Aich [Nagra] - it helps, Rahul. Thank you. If I think of it the way you describe then it seems the version and the release end up being essentially the same thing. When you release version 1.1 then that release is simply all of the completed issues that are tagged version 1.1.

@Luke Majewski - thank you too and I think you make a key point. It sounds like how you deliver software makes the difference. In my org, we work on a release until it's done, then release it, then start the next one. Because of this, I think version and release can be thought of interchangeably. 

Does this sound right?

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