how to display version information in the title bar?

Posted on 2001-07-24
Last Modified: 2013-11-20

i have filled in version information in my rc file, how can i display the information at my application window's title bar?

i have search for a long while but still cannot find a direct way to do this.


Question by:bunwong

Expert Comment

ID: 6314646
here's the code that works for me. sorry I have no explanation for this, but looking at each api in msdn you should be able to understand what's going on.

    TCHAR szFilename[126] = "c:\\dev\\your_dll_here.dll";
    DWORD dwSize;
    DWORD dwZero;

     dwSize = ::GetFileVersionInfoSize(szFilename, &dwZero);

    // if version info exists
    if (dwSize)
        char *pVersionInfo = new char[dwSize];
        char *pValue;
        UINT uValueLen;
        BOOL bRC;

        BOOL bRet = GetFileVersionInfo( szFilename, NULL, dwSize, pVersionInfo);
        if (!bRet)

        bRC = VerQueryValue(pVersionInfo,  
                            (void  **) &pValue,

        if (bRC)
            MessageBox( pValue, "File Version", MB_OK|MB_ICONINFORMATION);

        delete [] pVersionInfo;

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aphillips earned 100 total points
ID: 6315750
MFC should really provide this in it's templates, including displaying ti in the About box.

I use this function to get the version info as 4 strings.  You can then do with them as you wish including adding them to the mainframe window title.

#include <winver.h>

void GetExeVersion(CString &s1, CString &s2, CString &s3, CString &s4)
    // Get version of executable
    DWORD dummy;                                        // Version functions take parameters that do nothing?!
    size_t vi_size;                                     // Size of all version info
    void *buf;                                          // Buffer to hold all version info
    void *p_version;                                    // Holds ptr to product version string in buffer
    UINT len;                                           // Length of product version string

    if ((vi_size = ::GetFileVersionInfoSize(__argv[0], &dummy)) > 0 &&
        (buf = ::malloc(vi_size+1)) != NULL &&
        ::GetFileVersionInfo(__argv[0], dummy, vi_size, buf) &&
        ::VerQueryValue(buf, "\\StringFileInfo\\040904B0\\ProductVersion",
                        &p_version, &len) )
        CString strProductVersion((LPCTSTR)p_version, len);

        AfxExtractSubString(s1, strProductVersion, 0, ',');
        AfxExtractSubString(s2, strProductVersion, 1, ',');
        AfxExtractSubString(s3, strProductVersion, 2, ',');
        AfxExtractSubString(s4, strProductVersion, 3, ',');
LVL 31

Expert Comment

ID: 6316270
Hi bunwong,

a friend of me once wrote a little hack to read version numbers from resources directly, maybe you want
to use this. Only problem I see is that the date-values are not set.

HRSRC      hRsrc = FindResource(AfxGetResourceHandle(), MAKEINTRESOURCE(VS_VERSION_INFO), RT_VERSION);
if ( hRsrc != NULL )
 HGLOBAL hg = LoadResource(NULL, hRsrc);  
 if(hg != NULL)
  char *pRes = (char *) LockResource(hg);
  VS_FIXEDFILEINFO *pVersion = (VS_FIXEDFILEINFO *) (pRes + 0x28); // this is a hack !!!

  // read infos from pVersion...


hope that helps,


Author Comment

ID: 6317191
very neat. other experts also provide very good solution. thanks all!

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