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    Create a release for a node package on GitHub.

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    • Uses the Github Releases API to create a new GitHub release.
    • Defaults to using information from package.json and
    • Supports uploading release assets.

    gh-release example

    ⚠️ Important ⚠️

    This library abides by the well-established and widely adopted changelog conventions set forth in

    Any other conventions (autochangelog, standard-version, your favorite thing) are not supported, and support will not be added for them. This library is several years old and well into maintenance mode.


    $ npm install gh-release


    Command-line interface

    $ gh-release
    Your GitHub username: ungoldman
    Your GitHub password: ✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔
    creating release v1.0.0 for ungoldman/cool-project
    name:               v1.0.0
    tag_name:           v1.0.0
    target_commitish:   9561804a4d1fca2525d3207bec4907dd5ec7a705
    * engage
    ? publish release to github? Yes

    Should be run at the root of the project to be released.

    Expects a package.json and in the working directory.

    Prints release URL to stdout on success.

    Uses ghauth for authentication with Github. A Github API OAuth token is saved to the gh-release config directory after the first time authenticating. Note that the config directory is determined by application-config and is OS-specific. gh-release will alternatively use the token specified in the GH_RELEASE_GITHUB_API_TOKEN environment variable if it exists. This allows it to be used in continuous deployment systems, which can inject different GitHub API tokens depending on the location of the project.

    Get usage info by running with --help or -h.

    $ gh-release --help
    Usage: gh-release [options]
      gh-release -n v2.0.3 -c master -d    create a draft release with title v2.0.3 tagged at HEAD of master
      -t, --tag_name          tag for this release
      -c, --target_commitish  commitish value for tag
      -n, --name              text of release title
      -b, --body              text of release body
      -o, --owner             repo owner
      -r, --repo              repo name
      -d, --draft             publish as draft                          [default: false]
      -p, --prerelease        publish as prerelease                     [default: false]
      -w, --workpath          path to working directory                 [default: "/Users/ng/dev/git/gh-release"]
      -e, --endpoint          GitHub API endpoint URL                   [default: ""]
      -a, --assets            comma-delimited list of assets to upload  [default: false]
      --dry-run               dry run (stops before release step)       [default: false]
      -y, --yes               bypass confirmation prompt for release    [default: false]
      -h, --help              Show help
      -v, --version           Show version number

    Node API

    var ghRelease = require('gh-release')
    // all options have defaults and can be omitted
    var options = {
      tag_name: 'v1.0.0',
      target_commitish: 'master',
      name: 'v1.0.0',
      body: '* init\n',
      draft: false,
      prerelease: false,
      repo: 'gh-release',
      owner: 'ungoldman',
      endpoint: '' // for GitHub enterprise, use http(s)://hostname/api/v3
    // options can also be just an empty object
    var options = {}
    // auth is required
    // it can be an API token...
    options.auth = {
      token: 'XXXXXXXX'
    // or it can either be a username & password
    // (But only for GitHub Enterprise when endpoint is set)
    options.auth = {
      username: 'ungoldman',
      password: 'XXXXXXXX'
    ghRelease(options, function (err, result) {
      if (err) throw err
      console.log(result) // create release response:


    All default values taken from package.json unless specified otherwise.

    name description default
    tag_name release tag 'v' + version
    target_commitish commitish value to tag HEAD of current branch
    name release title 'v' + version
    body release text section matching version
    owner repo owner repo owner in repository
    repo repo name repo name in repository
    draft publish as draft false
    prerelease publish as prerelease false
    assets release assets to upload false
    endpoint GitHub API endpoint URL

    Override defaults with flags (CLI) or the options object (node).



    All releases of gh-release were created with gh-release.

    Config location

    Platform Location
    OS X ~/Library/Application Support/gh-release/config.json
    Linux (XDG) $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/gh-release/config.json
    Linux (Legacy) ~/.config/gh-release/config.json
    Windows (> Vista) %LOCALAPPDATA%/gh-release/config.json
    Windows (XP, 2000) %USERPROFILE%/Local Settings/Application Data/gh-release/config.json


    There are packages that already do something like this, and they're great, but I want something that does this one thing really well and nothing else, leans heavily on standards in package.json and, and can work both as a CLI tool and programmatically in node.


    Contributions welcome! Please read the contributing guidelines first.


    Please read the change log for a human-readable history of changes.


    gh-release uses standard and tape for testing. You can run all tests with npm test.

    See also




    npm i gh-release

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