VERSIONINFO resource

Defines a version-information resource. The resource contains such information about the file as its version number, its intended operating system, and its original filename. The resource is intended to be used with the Version Information functions.

There are two ways to format a VERSIONINFO statement:

versionID VERSIONINFO fixed-info  { block-statement . . . }

- or -

versionID VERSIONINFO 
fixed-info
BEGIN
block-statement
. . .
END

Parameters

versionID

Version-information resource identifier. This value must be 1.

fixed-info

Version information, such as the file version and the intended operating system. This parameter consists of the following statements.

Statement Description
FILEVERSION version Binary version number for the file. The version consists of two 32-bit integers, defined by four 16-bit integers. For example, "FILEVERSION 3,10,0,61" is translated into two doublewords: 0x0003000a and 0x0000003d, in that order. Therefore, if version is defined by the DWORD values dw1 and dw2, they need to appear in the FILEVERSION statement as follows: HIWORD(dw1), LOWORD(dw1), HIWORD(dw2), LOWORD(dw2).
PRODUCTVERSION version Binary version number for the product with which the file is distributed. The version parameter is two 32-bit integers, defined by four 16-bit integers. For more information about version, see the FILEVERSION description.
FILEFLAGSMASK fileflagsmask Bits in the FILEFLAGS statement are valid. If a bit is set, the corresponding bit in FILEFLAGS is valid.
FILEFLAGS fileflags Attributes of the file. The fileflags parameter must be the combination of all the file flags that are valid at compile time. For 16-bit Windows, this value is 0x3f.
FILEOS fileos Operating system for which this file was designed. The fileos parameter can be one of the operating system values given in the Remarks section.
FILETYPE filetype General type of file. The filetype parameter can be one of the file type values listed in the Remarks section.
FILESUBTYPE subtype Function of the file. The subtype parameter is zero unless the filetype parameter in the FILETYPE statement is VFT_DRV, VFT_FONT, or VFT_VXD. For a list of file subtype values, see the Remarks section.

 

block-statement

Specifies one or more version-information blocks. A block can contain string information or variable information. For more information, see StringFileInfo Block or VarFileInfo Block.

Remarks

To use the constants specified with the VERSIONINFO statement, you must include the Winver.h or Windows.h header file in the resource-definition file.

The following list describes the parameters used in the VERSIONINFO statement:

fileflags

A combination of the following values.

Value Description
VS_FF_DEBUG File contains debugging information or is compiled with debugging features enabled.
VS_FF_PATCHED File has been modified and is not identical to the original shipping file of the same version number.
VS_FF_PRERELEASE File is a development version, not a commercially released product.
VS_FF_PRIVATEBUILD File was not built using standard release procedures. If this value is given, the StringFileInfo block must contain a PrivateBuild string.
VS_FF_SPECIALBUILD File was built by the original company using standard release procedures but is a variation of the standard file of the same version number. If this value is given, the StringFileInfo block block must contain a SpecialBuild string.
VS_FFI_FILEFLAGSMASK A combination of all the preceding values.

 

fileos

One of the following values.

Value Description
VOS_UNKNOWN The operating system for which the file was designed is unknown.
VOS_DOS File was designed for MS-DOS.
VOS_NT File was designed for 32-bit Windows.
VOS__WINDOWS16 File was designed for 16-bit Windows.
VOS__WINDOWS32 File was designed for 32-bit Windows.
VOS_DOS_WINDOWS16 File was designed for 16-bit Windows running with MS-DOS.
VOS_DOS_WINDOWS32 File was designed for 32-bit Windows running with MS-DOS.
VOS_NT_WINDOWS32 File was designed for 32-bit Windows.

 

The values 0x00002L, 0x00003L, 0x20000L and 0x30000L are reserved.

filetype

One of the following values.

Value Description
VFT_UNKNOWN File type is unknown.
VFT_APP File contains an application.
VFT_DLL File contains a dynamic-link library (DLL).
VFT_DRV File contains a device driver. If filetype is VFT_DRV, subtype contains a more specific description of the driver.
VFT_FONT File contains a font. If filetype is VFT_FONT, subtype contains a more specific description of the font.
VFT_VXD File contains a virtual device.
VFT_STATIC_LIB File contains a static-link library.

 

All other values are reserved for use by Microsoft.

subtype

Additional information about the file type.

If filetype specifies VFT_DRV, this parameter can be one of the following values.

Value Description
VFT2_UNKNOWN Driver type is unknown.
VFT2_DRV_COMM File contains a communications driver.
VFT2_DRV_PRINTER File contains a printer driver.
VFT2_DRV_KEYBOARD File contains a keyboard driver.
VFT2_DRV_LANGUAGE File contains a language driver.
VFT2_DRV_DISPLAY File contains a display driver.
VFT2_DRV_MOUSE File contains a mouse driver.
VFT2_DRV_NETWORK File contains a network driver.
VFT2_DRV_SYSTEM File contains a system driver.
VFT2_DRV_INSTALLABLE File contains an installable driver.
VFT2_DRV_SOUND File contains a sound driver.
VFT2_DRV_VERSIONED_PRINTER File contains a versioned printer driver.

 

If filetype specifies VFT_FONT, this parameter can be one of the following values.

Value Description
VFT2_UNKNOWN Font type is unknown.
VFT2_FONT_RASTER File contains a raster font.
VFT2_FONT_VECTOR File contains a vector font.
VFT2_FONT_TRUETYPE File contains a TrueType font.

 

If filetype specifies VFT_VXD, this parameter must be the virtual-device identifier included in the virtual-device control block.

All subtype values not listed here are reserved for use by Microsoft.

langID

One of the following language codes.

Code Language Code Language
0x0401 Arabic 0x0415 Polish
0x0402 Bulgarian 0x0416 Portuguese (Brazil)
0x0403 Catalan 0x0417 Rhaeto-Romanic
0x0404 Traditional Chinese 0x0418 Romanian
0x0405 Czech 0x0419 Russian
0x0406 Danish 0x041A Croato-Serbian (Latin)
0x0407 German 0x041B Slovak
0x0408 Greek 0x041C Albanian
0x0409 U.S. English 0x041D Swedish
0x040A Castilian Spanish 0x041E Thai
0x040B Finnish 0x041F Turkish
0x040C French 0x0420 Urdu
0x040D Hebrew 0x0421 Bahasa
0x040E Hungarian 0x0804 Simplified Chinese
0x040F Icelandic 0x0807 Swiss German
0x0410 Italian 0x0809 U.K. English
0x0411 Japanese 0x080A Spanish (Mexico)
0x0412 Korean 0x080C Belgian French
0x0413 Dutch 0x0C0C Canadian French
0x0414 Norwegian ? Bokmal 0x100C Swiss French
0x0810 Swiss Italian 0x0816 Portuguese (Portugal)
0x0813 Belgian Dutch 0x081A Serbo-Croatian (Cyrillic)
0x0814 Norwegian ? Nynorsk

 

charsetID

One of the following character-set identifiers.

Decimal Hexadecimal Character Set
0 0000 7-bit ASCII
932 03A4 Japan (Shift ? JIS X-0208)
949 03B5 Korea (Shift ? KSC 5601)
950 03B6 Taiwan (Big5)
1200 04B0 Unicode
1250 04E2 Latin-2 (Eastern European)
1251 04E3 Cyrillic
1252 04E4 Multilingual
1253 04E5 Greek
1254 04E6 Turkish
1255 04E7 Hebrew
1256 04E8 Arabic

 

string-name

One of the following predefined names.

Name Description
Comments Additional information that should be displayed for diagnostic purposes.
CompanyName Company that produced the file?for example, "Microsoft Corporation" or "Standard Microsystems Corporation, Inc." This string is required.
FileDescription File description to be presented to users. This string may be displayed in a list box when the user is choosing files to install?for example, "Keyboard Driver for AT-Style Keyboards". This string is required.
FileVersion Version number of the file?for example, "3.10" or "5.00.RC2". This string is required.
InternalName Internal name of the file, if one exists?for example, a module name if the file is a dynamic-link library. If the file has no internal name, this string should be the original filename, without extension. This string is required.
LegalCopyright Copyright notices that apply to the file. This should include the full text of all notices, legal symbols, copyright dates, and so on. This string is optional.
LegalTrademarks Trademarks and registered trademarks that apply to the file. This should include the full text of all notices, legal symbols, trademark numbers, and so on. This string is optional.
OriginalFilename Original name of the file, not including a path. This information enables an application to determine whether a file has been renamed by a user. The format of the name depends on the file system for which the file was created. This string is required.
PrivateBuild Information about a private version of the file?for example, "Built by TESTER1 on \TESTBED". This string should be present only if VS_FF_PRIVATEBUILD is specified in the fileflags parameter of the root block.
ProductName Name of the product with which the file is distributed. This string is required.
ProductVersion Version of the product with which the file is distributed?for example, "3.10" or "5.00.RC2". This string is required.
SpecialBuild Text that indicates how this version of the file differs from the standard version?for example, "Private build for TESTER1 solving mouse problems on M250 and M250E computers". This string should be present only if VS_FF_SPECIALBUILD is specified in the fileflags parameter of the root block.

 

Certain attributes are also supported for backward compatibility. For more information, see Common Resource Attributes.

Examples

The following example defines a VERSIONINFO resource:

#define VER_FILEVERSION             3,10,349,0
#define VER_FILEVERSION_STR         "3.10.349.0\0"

#define VER_PRODUCTVERSION          3,10,0,0
#define VER_PRODUCTVERSION_STR      "3.10\0"

#ifndef DEBUG
#define VER_DEBUG                   0
#else
#define VER_DEBUG                   VS_FF_DEBUG
#endif

VS_VERSION_INFO VERSIONINFO
FILEVERSION     VER_FILEVERSION
PRODUCTVERSION  VER_PRODUCTVERSION
FILEFLAGSMASK   VS_FFI_FILEFLAGSMASK
FILEFLAGS       (VER_PRIVATEBUILD|VER_PRERELEASE|VER_DEBUG)
FILEOS          VOS__WINDOWS32
FILETYPE        VFT_DLL
FILESUBTYPE     VFT2_UNKNOWN
BEGIN
    BLOCK "StringFileInfo"
    BEGIN
        BLOCK "040904E4"
        BEGIN
            VALUE "CompanyName",      VER_COMPANYNAME_STR
            VALUE "FileDescription",  VER_FILEDESCRIPTION_STR
            VALUE "FileVersion",      VER_FILEVERSION_STR
            VALUE "InternalName",     VER_INTERNALNAME_STR
            VALUE "LegalCopyright",   VER_LEGALCOPYRIGHT_STR
            VALUE "LegalTrademarks1", VER_LEGALTRADEMARKS1_STR
            VALUE "LegalTrademarks2", VER_LEGALTRADEMARKS2_STR
            VALUE "OriginalFilename", VER_ORIGINALFILENAME_STR
            VALUE "ProductName",      VER_PRODUCTNAME_STR
            VALUE "ProductVersion",   VER_PRODUCTVERSION_STR
        END
    END

    BLOCK "VarFileInfo"
    BEGIN
        /* The following line should only be modified for localized versions.     */
        /* It consists of any number of WORD,WORD pairs, with each pair           */
        /* describing a language,codepage combination supported by the file.      */
        /*                                                                        */
        /* For example, a file might have values "0x409,1252" indicating that it  */
        /* supports English language (0x409) in the Windows ANSI codepage (1252). */

        VALUE "Translation", 0x409, 1252

    END
END

See also

Using Version Information

Version Information