See Git - Maintaining a project - Tagging your releases.


This guide assumes that you have:

  • a GPG key matching your GitHub authentication credentials
    • i.e., the email address identified by the GPG key is the same as the one in your ~/.gitconfig
  • a GitHub fork of Shaarli
  • a local clone of your Shaarli fork, with the following remotes:
    • origin pointing to your GitHub fork
    • upstream pointing to the main Shaarli repository
  • maintainer permissions on the main Shaarli repository, to:
    • push the signed tag
    • create a new release
  • Composer needs to be installed
  • The venv Python 3 module needs to be installed for HTML documentation generation.

GitHub release draft and

See for changelog formatting.

GitHub release draft

GitHub allows drafting the release note for the upcoming release, from the Releases page. This way, the release note can be drafted while contributions are merged to master.

This file should contain the same information as the release note draft for the upcoming version.

Update it to:

  • add new entries (additions, fixes, etc.)
  • mark the current version as released by setting its date and link
  • add a new section for the future unreleased version
$ cd /path/to/shaarli

$ nano


## [vX.Y.Z]( - YYYY-MM-DD

Increment the version code, update docs, create and push a signed tag

Update the list of Git contributors

$ make authors
$ git commit -s -m "Update AUTHORS"

Create and merge a Pull Request

This one is pretty straightforward ;-)

Bump Shaarli version to v0.x branch

$ git checkout master
$ git fetch upstream
$ git pull upstream master

# IF the branch doesn't exists
$ git checkout -b v0.5
# OR if the branch already exists
$ git checkout v0.5
$ git rebase upstream/master

# Bump shaarli version from dev to 0.5.0, **without the `v`**
$ vim shaarli_version.php
$ git add shaarli_version
$ git commit -s -m "Bump Shaarli version to v0.5.0"
$ git push upstream v0.5

Create and push a signed tag

# update your local copy
$ git checkout v0.5
$ git fetch upstream
$ git pull upstream v0.5

# create a signed tag
$ git tag -s -m "Release v0.5.0" v0.5.0

# push it to "upstream"
$ git push --tags upstream

Verify a signed tag

v0.5.0 is the first GPG-signed tag pushed on the Community Shaarli.

Let's have a look at its signature!

$ cd /path/to/shaarli
$ git fetch upstream

# get the SHA1 reference of the tag
$ git show-ref tags/v0.5.0
f7762cf803f03f5caf4b8078359a63783d0090c1 refs/tags/v0.5.0

# verify the tag signature information
$ git verify-tag f7762cf803f03f5caf4b8078359a63783d0090c1
gpg: Signature made Thu 30 Jul 2015 11:46:34 CEST using RSA key ID 4100DF6F
gpg: Good signature from "VirtualTam <>" [ultimate]

Publish the GitHub release

Update release badges

Update so version badges display and point to the newly released Shaarli version(s), in the master branch.

Create a GitHub release from a Git tag

From the previously drafted release:

  • edit the release notes (if needed)
  • specify the appropriate Git tag
  • publish the release
  • profit!

Generate and upload all-in-one release archives

Users with a shared hosting may have:

  • no SSH access
  • no possibility to install PHP packages or server extensions
  • no possibility to run scripts

To ease Shaarli installations, it is possible to generate and upload additional release archives, that will contain Shaarli code plus all required third-party libraries.

From the v0.5 branch:

$ make release_archive

This will create the following archives:

  • shaarli-vX.Y.Z-full.tar

The archives need to be manually uploaded on the previously created GitHub release.

Update stable and latest branches

$ git checkout latest
# latest release
$ git merge v0.5.0
# fix eventual conflicts
$ make test
$ git push upstream latest
$ git checkout stable
# latest previous major
$ git merge v0.4.5 
# fix eventual conflicts
$ make test
$ git push upstream stable