It's important to understand how Shaarli branches work, especially if you're maintaining a 3rd party tools for Shaarli (theme, plugin, etc.), to be sure stay compatible.

master branch

The master branch is the development branch. Any new change MUST go through this branch using Pull Requests.


  • This branch shouldn't be used for production as it isn't necessary stable.
  • 3rd party aren't required to be compatible with the latest changes.
  • Official plugins, themes and libraries (contained within Shaarli organization repos) must be compatible with the master branch.
  • The version in this branch is always dev.

v0.x branch

This v0.x branch, points to the latest v0.x.y release.


When a new version is released, it might contains a major bug which isn't detected right away. For example, a new PHP version is released, containing backward compatibility issue which doesn't work with Shaarli.

In this case, the issue is fixed in the master branch, and the fix is backported the to the v0.x branch. Then a new release is made from the v0.x branch.

This workflow allow us to fix any major bug detected, without having to release bleeding edge feature too soon.

latest branch

This branch point the latest release. It recommended to use it to get the latest tested changes.

stable branch

The stable branch doesn't contain any major bug, and is one major digit version behind the latest release.

For example, the current latest release is v0.8.3, the stable branch is an alias to the latest v0.7.x release. When the v0.9.0 version will be released, the stable will move to the latest v0.8.x release.


  • Shaarli release pace isn't fast, and the stable branch might be a few months behind the latest release.


Releases are always made from the latest v0.x branch.

Note that for every release, we manually generate a tarball which contains all Shaarli dependencies, making Shaarli's installation only one step.

Advices on 3rd party git repos workflow


Any time a new Shaarli release is published, you should publish a new release of your repo if the changes affected you since the latest release (take a look at the changelog (Draft means not released yet) and the commit log (like tpl folder for themes)). You can either:

  • use the Shaarli version number, with your repo version. For example, if Shaarli v0.8.3 is released, publish a v0.8.3-1 release, where v0.8.3 states Shaarli compatibility and -1 is your own version digit for the current Shaarli version.
  • use your own versioning scheme, and state Shaarli compatibility in the release description.

Using this, any user will be able to pick the release matching his own Shaarli version.

Major bugfix backport releases

To be able to support backported fixes, it recommended to use our workflow:

# In master, fix the major bug
git commit -m "Katastrophe"
git push origin master
# Get your commit hash
git log --format="%H" -n 1
# Create a new branch from your latest release, let's say v0.8.2-1 (the tag name)
git checkout -b katastrophe v0.8.2-1
# Backport the fix commit to your brand new branch
git cherry-pick <fix commit hash>
git push origin katastrophe
# Then you just have to make a new release from the `katastrophe` branch tagged `v0.8.3-1`