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Substrate runtime version

Each runtime that should be executed by a Substrate based node needs to have a runtime version. The runtime version is defined by RuntimeVersion. The runtime version is used to distinguish different runtimes. The most important field is the spec_version. The spec_version should be increased in a runtime when a new runtime build includes breaking changes that would make other runtimes unable to import blocks built by this runtime or vice-versa, where the new runtime could not import blocks built by the old runtime. The runtime version also carries other version information about the runtime, see RuntimeVersion for more information on this.

Substrate will fetch the runtime version from a wasm blob by first checking the runtime_version link section or calling the Core::version runtime api. The link section can be generated in the runtime using the runtime_version attribute. The Core runtime api also needs to be implemented for the runtime using impl_runtime_apis!.




  • The version of the native runtime.
  • Runtime version. This should not be thought of as classic Semver (major/minor/tiny). This triplet have different semantics and mis-interpretation could cause problems. In particular: bug fixes should result in an increment of spec_version and possibly authoring_version, absolutely not impl_version since they change the semantics of the runtime.




Type Aliases

  • The identity of a particular API interface that the runtime might provide.
  • A vector of pairs of ApiId and a u32 for version.

Attribute Macros

  • An attribute that accepts a version declaration of a runtime and generates a custom wasm section with the equivalent contents.