The Simplest and Quickest Way to Find out the Exact Version of SharePoint

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I frequently come in to organizations that refer to every instance and version of SharePoint as simply “SharePoint”. This makes it difficult to know if they are referring to on-premises or online, and if on-premises which major and minor version of SharePoint. Being a solution architect responsible for how SharePoint fits within the organization’s enterprise architecture, it is critical that I know precisely what version of SharePoint they have so that I know what capabilities are available. As an information security professional I need to know that if they have SharePoint Server that they have the latest security patches installed.

Jeremy Thake has shared this neat trick, simply append /_vti_pvt/service.cnf after the base (root site) URL of a SharePoint. For example, https://mytenant.sharepoint.com/_vti_pvt/service.cnf. This works for SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online. An example of the output is shown below.

vti_encoding:SR|utf8-nl vti_extenderversion:SR|16.0.0.20015

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By Darian