A grunt task that makes working with release branches (aka gh-pages) a breeze"


A grunt task that makes working with release branches (aka gh-pages) a breeze

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.0

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-release-branch --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


When developing for the web, we usually have bunch of build steps which take care of concatenation, minification, inlining templates, generating html snapshots and so on and so on...

After running through all those steps, the final output is usually placed into an output directory that is not commited into version control. Following the release branch pattern we take this output and place it on an orphan branch, were some other mechanism can kick in and e.g. publish it as a website. That's exactly how it works with github as well.

This grunt plugin consits of two tasks to assist you for those scenarios.

This task should be run before all other build steps. It simply does git branch -D gh-pages and git checkout -b gh-pages under the covers. Please note that the branch name can be configured with the releaseBranch option.

This task should run as the last command in your build orchestration. It erases everything it moves all the files from your output directory to the root level of your working directory while deleting all other stuff except your .git folder. It than optionally commits and pushs using the --force parameter.

    var releaseBranchOptions = app: {
                                        options: {
                                            //the name of the orphan branch. Default is gh-pages 
                                            releaseBranch: 'gh-pages',
                                            //the name of the remote repository. Default is origin 
                                            remoteRepository: 'origin',
                                            //the name of the output directory. Default is dist 
                                            distDir: 'dist',
                                            //the commit message to be used for the optional commit 
                                            commitMessage: 'RELEASE',
                                            //should files be automatically commited on the orphan branch 
                                            commit: true
                                            //should the orphan branch be pushed to the remote repository 
                                            //default is false 
                                            push: true
                                            //a blacklist of things to keep on the root level. By default only 
                                            //the .git folder will be kept. 
                                            blacklist: [
        releaseBranchPre: releaseBranchOptions,
        releaseBranch: releaseBranchOptions
  • 0.1.0 - Initial release