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A simple CLI tool that automates the process of backporting commits on a GitHub repo.



  • Node 10 or higher
  • git


npm install -g backport

After installation you should update the global config in ~/.backport/config.json with your Github username and a Github access token. See the documentation for how the access token is generated.

Quick start

Add a project config to the root of your repository:

// .backportrc.json
  "upstream": "elastic/kibana",
  "targetBranchChoices": [{ "name": "6.x", "checked": true }, "6.3", "6.2", "6.1", "6.0"],

Install locally:

npm install backport


npx backport

This will start an interactive prompt. You can use your keyboards arrow keys to choose options, <space> to select checkboxes and <enter> to proceed.

Config options


CLI options

Option Description Default Type
--accesstoken Github access token string
--all Show commits from other than me false boolean
--author Filter commits by author Current user string
--branch Target branch to backport to string
--dry-run Perform backport without pushing to Github false boolean
--editor Editor (eg. code) to open and solve conflicts string
--fork Create backports in fork (true) or origin repo (false) true boolean
--labels Pull request labels string
--mainline Parent id of merge commit 1 number
--max-number Number of commits to choose from 10 number
--multiple Select multiple commits/branches false boolean
--path Only list commits touching files under a specific path string
--pr Pull request to backport number
--pr-filter List commits from PRs filtered by a given query string
--pr-description Pull request description suffix string
--pr-title Pull request title pattern string
--reset-author Set yourself as commit author boolean
--sha Sha of commit to backport string
--source-branch The branch to source commits from string
--upstream Name of organization and repository string
--username Github username string
--help Show help
-v, --version Show version number

The CLI options will override the configuration options.

What is backporting?

Backporting is the action of taking parts from a newer version of a software system [..] and porting them to an older version of the same software. It forms part of the maintenance step in a software development process, and it is commonly used for fixing security issues in older versions of the software and also for providing new features to older versions.


Who is this tool for?

This tools is for anybody who is working on a codebase where they have to maintain multiple versions. If you manually cherry-pick commits from master and apply them to one or more branches, this tool might save you a lot of time.

backport is a CLI tool that will let you backport commit(s) interactively and then cherry-pick and create pull requests automatically. backport will always perform the git operation in a temporary folder (~/.backport/repositories/) separate from your working directory, thereby never interfering with any unstages changes your might have.


  • interactively backport one or more commits to one or more branches with an intuitive UI
  • will never run git reset --hard or other git commands in your working directory - all git operations are handled in a separate directory
  • backport a commit by specifying a PR: backport --pr 1337
  • list and backport commits by a particular user: backport --author john
  • list and backport commits by a particular path: backport --path src/plugins/chatbot
  • list PRs filtered by a query: backport --pr-filter label:backport-v2 (will list commits from PRs with the label "backport-v2")
  • forward port commits: backport --sourceBranch 7.x --branch master (will forwardport from 7.x to master)
  • backport merge commits: backport --mainline
  • ability to see which commits have been backported and to which branches
  • customize the title, description and labels of the created backport PRs




npm i backport

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