Package Revisions


This is an experimental feature subject to breaking changes in future releases.

The goal of the revisions feature is to achieve package immutability, so nothing in a server is ever overwritten.


This is the first piece to achieve reproducibility: Recreate the exact dependency graph by using some mechanism like a graph lock file. For example, if we store a graph lock file for the different releases of our project, we can install the same dependencies just by using the graph lock.

IMPORTANT: The reproducibility is in the Conan roadmap and currently under development.

How it works

In the client

  • When a recipe is exported, Conan calculates a unique ID (revision). For every change, a new recipe revision (RREV) will be calculated:

    • If Conan detects some control version system (Git or SVN) in the conanfile directory, the commit hash will be used as the RREV.
    • Otherwise, the checksum hash of the recipe manifest will be used as the RREV.


In future versions Conan will let the user choose to use the “recipe manifest” instead of the scm. For example, when you use a mono-repo with N recipes, it is more convenient to calculate each recipe revision based on its contents and not in the common github repository commit hash. (

  • When a package is created (by running conan create or conan export-pkg) a new package revision (PREV) will be calculated always using the hash of the package contents. The packages and their revisions (PREVs) belongs to a concrete recipe revision (RREV). The same package ID (for example for Linux/GCC5/Debug), can have multiple revisions (PREVs) that belong to a concrete RREV.

If a client request a reference like lib/1.0@conan/stable, Conan will retrieve automatically the latest revision. In the client cache there is only one revision installed at the same time.

The revisions can be pinned when you write a reference (in the recipe requires, or in a reference in a conan install command…) but if you don’t specify a revision the server will retrieve the latest revision.

You can specify the references in the following formats:

Reference Meaning
lib/1.0@conan/stable Latest RREV for lib/1.0@conan/stable
lib/1.0@conan/stable#RREV Specific RREV for lib/1.0@conan/stable
lib/1.0@conan/stable#RREV:PACKAGE_ID A binary package belonging to the specific RREV
lib/1.0@conan/stable#RREV:PACKAGE_ID#PREV A binary package revision PREV belonging to the specific RREV

In the server

By using a new folder layout and protocol it is able to store multiple revisions, both for recipes and binary packages.

How to activate the revisions

You have to explicitly activate the feature by:

  • Adding revisions_enabled=1 in the [general] section of your conan.conf file.
  • Setting the CONAN_REVISIONS_ENABLED=1 environment variable.

Take into account that it changes the default Conan behavior. e.g:

  • A client with revisions enabled will only find binary packages that belongs to the installed recipe revision. For example, If you create a recipe and run conan create . user/channel and then you modify the recipe and export it conan export . user/channel, the binary package generated in the conan create command doesn’t belong to the new exported recipe, so it won’t be located unless the previous recipe is recovered.
  • If you generate and upload N binary packages for a recipe revision, if you upload the revision you need to generate and upload again the N binaries if you want them to be used with the new recipe.

Server support

  • conan_server >= 1.13.
  • Artifactory coming soon.
  • Bintray coming soon.