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How does it work

  • Get last version from git tag, if no tags it defaults to 0.0.0
  • Get the commits since last version
    • Prompt user to enter the type of each commit
    • Infer the new version from the types of all commits
  • Generate markdown string from commits and prompt answers
  • Create or prepend to and update package.json version field
  • Commits changes and create new git tag


$ yarn global add


$ changelog


Commit types

  • patch: Bug fixes
  • minor: Backward-compatible updates
  • major: Introducing breaking changes
  • ignore: Do not include this commit in changelog

Besides choosing ignore in prompts to exclude commits from changelog, the commit message that starts with ignore: will also be excluded.

You can also use format like type: message to pre-define commit type, they will be converted to the commit type we use:

semantic type description commit type 0.y.z
chore changes to build process ignore
docs documentation only changes ignore
feat a new feature minor patch
fix bug fix patch
refactor code refactor patch
style code style changes ignore
test add missing tests ignore
breaking introduce breaking changes major minor
perf performance improvements patch
tweaks don't know how to describe patch

Note: in 0.y.z versions, major changes will affect y, other changes and patches will affect z. So in such situation you can never reach 1.0.0 do you? Then just explicitly specific the version for your next release, like: changelog 1.0.0

For tweaks: subject, a message with only tweaks or tweak will also be a patch.

You don't have to use these types in your commit message since you can set them one by one when actually running changelog (only for, will not update the commit itself).

Work with npm publish

# made some changes to your code... 
$ git commit -am "feat: change the world"
$ npm test
$ changelog
$ git push --follow-tags
$ npm publish

Projects using this

  • SAO: ⚔️ Futuristic scaffolding tool.
  • docute: 📜 Effortlessly documentation done right.
  • welcome to add your project here...


  1. Fork it!
  2. Create your feature branch: git checkout -b my-new-feature
  3. Commit your changes: git commit -am 'Add some feature'
  4. Push to the branch: git push origin my-new-feature
  5. Submit a pull request :D

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