iphone @available(ios 11.0 - How can we programmatically detect which iOS version is device running on?

5 Answers

Best current version, without need to deal with numeric search within NSString is to define macros (See original answer: Check iPhone iOS Version)

Those macros do exist in github, see: https://github.com/carlj/CJAMacros/blob/master/CJAMacros/CJAMacros.h

Like this:

#define SYSTEM_VERSION_EQUAL_TO(v)                  ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] == NSOrderedSame)
#define SYSTEM_VERSION_GREATER_THAN(v)              ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] == NSOrderedDescending)
#define SYSTEM_VERSION_GREATER_THAN_OR_EQUAL_TO(v)  ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] != NSOrderedAscending)
#define SYSTEM_VERSION_LESS_THAN(v)                 ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] == NSOrderedAscending)
#define SYSTEM_VERSION_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL_TO(v)     ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] != NSOrderedDescending)

and use them like this:

    // code here

    // code here

Outdated version below

to get OS version:

[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion]

returns string, which can be turned into int/float via

-[NSString floatValue]
-[NSString intValue]

like this

Both values (floatValue, intValue) will be stripped due to its type, 5.0.1 will become 5.0 or 5 (float or int), for comparing precisely, you will have to separate it to array of INTs check accepted answer here: Check iPhone iOS Version

NSString *ver = [[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion];
int ver_int = [ver intValue];
float ver_float = [ver floatValue];

and compare like this

NSLog(@"System Version is %@",[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion]);
NSString *ver = [[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion];
float ver_float = [ver floatValue];
if (ver_float < 5.0) return false;

For Swift 4.0 syntax

below example is just checking if the device is of iOS11 or greater version.

let systemVersion = UIDevice.current.systemVersion
if systemVersion.cgFloatValue >= 11.0 {
    //"for ios 11"
   //"ios below 11")
objective check

This question already has an answer here:

I want to check if the user is running the app on iOS less than 5.0 and display a label in the app.

How do I detect which iOS is running on user's device programmatically?


I know I am too late to answer this question. I am not sure does my method still working on low iOS versions (< 5.0):

NSString *platform = [UIDevice currentDevice].model;

NSLog(@"[UIDevice currentDevice].model: %@",platform);
NSLog(@"[UIDevice currentDevice].description: %@",[UIDevice currentDevice].description);
NSLog(@"[UIDevice currentDevice].localizedModel: %@",[UIDevice currentDevice].localizedModel);
NSLog(@"[UIDevice currentDevice].name: %@",[UIDevice currentDevice].name);
NSLog(@"[UIDevice currentDevice].systemVersion: %@",[UIDevice currentDevice].systemVersion);
NSLog(@"[UIDevice currentDevice].systemName: %@",[UIDevice currentDevice].systemName);

You can get these results:

[UIDevice currentDevice].model: iPhone
[UIDevice currentDevice].description: <UIDevice: 0x1cd75c70>
[UIDevice currentDevice].localizedModel: iPhone
[UIDevice currentDevice].name: Someones-iPhone002
[UIDevice currentDevice].systemVersion: 6.1.3
[UIDevice currentDevice].systemName: iPhone OS

[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion];

or check the version like

You can get the below Macros from here.


        UIImageView *background = [[[UIImageView alloc] initWithImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"cs_lines_back.png"]] autorelease];
        theTableView.backgroundView = background;


Hope this helps

Marek Sebera's is great most of the time, but if you're like me and find that you need to check the iOS version frequently, you don't want to constantly run a macro in memory because you'll experience a very slight slowdown, especially on older devices.

Instead, you want to compute the iOS version as a float once and store it somewhere. In my case, I have a GlobalVariables singleton class that I use to check the iOS version in my code using code like this:

if ([GlobalVariables sharedVariables].iOSVersion >= 6.0f) {
    // do something if iOS is 6.0 or greater

To enable this functionality in your app, use this code (for iOS 5+ using ARC):


@interface GlobalVariables : NSObject

@property (nonatomic) CGFloat iOSVersion;

    + (GlobalVariables *)sharedVariables;



@implementation GlobalVariables

@synthesize iOSVersion;

+ (GlobalVariables *)sharedVariables {
    // set up the global variables as a static object
    static GlobalVariables *globalVariables = nil;
    // check if global variables exist
    if (globalVariables == nil) {
        // if no, create the global variables class
        globalVariables = [[GlobalVariables alloc] init];
        // get system version
        NSString *systemVersion = [[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion];
        // separate system version by periods
        NSArray *systemVersionComponents = [systemVersion componentsSeparatedByString:@"."];
        // set ios version
        globalVariables.iOSVersion = [[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%01d.%02d%02d", \
                                       systemVersionComponents.count < 1 ? 0 : \
                                       [[systemVersionComponents objectAtIndex:0] integerValue], \
                                       systemVersionComponents.count < 2 ? 0 : \
                                       [[systemVersionComponents objectAtIndex:1] integerValue], \
                                       systemVersionComponents.count < 3 ? 0 : \
                                       [[systemVersionComponents objectAtIndex:2] integerValue] \
                                       ] floatValue];
    // return singleton instance
    return globalVariables;


Now you're able to easily check the iOS version without running macros constantly. Note in particular how I converted the [[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] NSString to a CGFloat that is constantly accessible without using any of the improper methods many have already pointed out on this page. My approach assumes the version string is in the format n.nn.nn (allowing for later bits to be missing) and works for iOS5+. In testing, this approach runs much faster than constantly running the macro.

Hope this helps anyone experiencing the issue I had!

In MonoTouch:

To get the Major version use:


For minor version use: