Compare Version Numbers


Compare two version numbers version1 and version2.
If version1 > version2 return 1; if version1 < version2 return -1;otherwise return 0.

You may assume that the version strings are non-empty and contain only digits and the . character.
The . character does not represent a decimal point and is used to separate number sequences.
For instance, 2.5 is not "two and a half" or "half way to version three", it is the fifth second-level revision of the second first-level revision.

Example 1:

Input: version1 = "0.1", version2 = "1.1"
Output: -1

Example 2:

Input: version1 = "1.0.1", version2 = "1"
Output: 1

Example 3:

Input: version1 = "", version2 = "7.5.3"
Output: -1


The below solution splits the string based on the ., and then compare each string value. If one version is longer than the other, we use 0 to compare.

The time complexity is O(n) where n is the length of the larger version. Space complexity is O(m+n) to store the version split in arrays.

class Solution {
    public int compareVersion(String version1, String version2) {
        String[] v1 = version1.split("\\.");
        String[] v2 = version2.split("\\.");
        int length = Math.max(v1.length, v2.length);
        for(int i=0;i<length;i++){
            Integer val1 = i<v1.length?Integer.parseInt(v1[i]):0;
            Integer val2 = i<v2.length?Integer.parseInt(v2[i]):0;
            int diff = val1.compareTo(val2);
                return diff;
        return 0;