Is there a LaTeX command for printing the versions of the currently installed packages? I need to know the installed version of the pgfplots package.


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Add \listfiles to your preamble and then look at the .log file. This will tell you the current version of all the packages loaded.

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    Package versions are announced in the .log file even without \listfiles. Commented Mar 13, 2011 at 12:28
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    @Andrey: makes them easier to find, thought :-)
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Mar 13, 2011 at 12:30
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    It might be interesting to write a command line tool to check that.
    – raphink
    Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 8:54
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    @ℝaphink I have attempted, but the fact that TeX hard-wraps the output makes it very difficult. Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 16:30
  • @SeanAllred You can increase max_print_line in texmf.cnf to have it (practically) not wrap; see this question. Commented May 5, 2017 at 6:06

If you need to know this 'programmatically', then you can use the LaTeX kernel function \IfPackageAtLeast to test by date:

    % Do something for the newer version
    % Do something different for the older version

The information is stored inside a special macro, so if you just want to 'take a peek' you can use that. Taking pgfplots as an example

\expandafter\show\csname [email protected]\endcsname

Notice here that this needs the full file name we are interested in, so works for any file that contains suitable information (i.e. form \ProvidesPackage, \ProvidesClass or \ProvidesFile).


To find a package version, you can just open the package source file on your file system and look the version directly by yourself with some text editor as Sublime Text.

Here are the paths and references for the latex paths on Linux and Windows for the biblatex package:

  1. Miktex (Windows) D:\Programs\Mikyex\latex\texmfs\install\tex\latex\biblatex-abnt\bbx\abnt.bbx

    [2017/07/28\space v3.1\space ABNT BibLaTeX citation style]%
  2. TeX Live (Linux) /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/tex/latex/biblatex-abnt/abnt.bbx

    [2017/11/09\space v3.2\space ABNT BibLaTeX citation style]%
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    note you should check the files using the paths reported by tex in the log not "reference" paths as above. The most common issues for which people need to check versions is where they have multiple tex installations and tex is not using the package they think it is using (eg miktex user and admin installs, or linux tex and a vanilla texlive from tug etc) So the important question is not do you have the latest version of the package installed, it is is your tex using that version. Commented Apr 27, 2019 at 20:15

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