Release Shaarli#


This guide assumes that you have:

  • a GPG key matching your GitHub authentication credentials/email (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.

Release notes and

GitHub allows drafting the release notes for the upcoming release, from the Releases page. This way, the release note can be drafted while contributions are merged to master. See for changelog formatting. 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
## [v0.x.y]( - UNRELEASES

### Added

### Changed

### Fixed

### Removed

### Deprecated

### Security

Update the list of Git contributors#

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

Create and merge a Pull Request#

Create a Pull Request to marge changes from your remote, into master in the community Shaarli repository, and have it merged.

Create the release branch and update shaarli_version.php#

# fetch latest changes from master to your local copy
git checkout master
git pull upstream master

# If releasing a new minor version, create a release branch
$ git checkout -b v0.x
# Otherwise just use the existing one
$ git checkout v0.x

# Get the latest changes
$ git merge master

# Check that everything went fine:
$ make test

# Bump shaarli_version.php from dev to 0.x.0, **without the v**
$ vim shaarli_version.php
$ git add shaarli_version
$ git commit -s -m "Bump Shaarli version to v0.x.0"
$ git push upstream v0.x

Create and push a signed tag#

Git tags are used to identify specific revisions with a unique version number that follows semantic versioning

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

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

# push the tag to upstream
git push --tags upstream

Here is how to 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!

# update the list of available tags
git fetch upstream

# get the SHA1 reference of the tag
git show-ref tags/v0.5.0
# gives: 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#

  • In the master banch, update version badges in to point to the newly released Shaarli version
  • Update the previously drafted release (notes, tag) and publish it
  • Profit!

Generate full release zip archives#

Release archives will contain Shaarli code plus all required third-party libraries. They are useful for users who:

  • have no SSH access, no possibility to install PHP packages/server extensions, no possibility to run scripts (shared hosting)
  • do not want to install build/dev dependencies on their server

git checkout the appropriate branch, then:

# checkout the appropriate branch
git checkout 0.x.y
# generate zip archives
make release_archive

This will create shaarli-v0.x.y-full.tar, These archives need to be manually uploaded on the previously created GitHub release.

Update the latest branch#

# checkout the 'latest' branch
git checkout latest
# merge changes from your newly published release branch
git merge v0.x.y
# fix eventual conflicts with git mergetool...
# run tests
make test
# push the latest branch
git push upstream latest