Making Your First Release#

This guide covers creating your first release on a repository that already uses Jupyter Releaser.


  • Write access to the target repository

  • Publish access to PYPI and/or npm assets associated with the repo

Set up#

  • Fork jupyter_releaser

  • Generate a GitHub Access token with access to target GitHub repo to run GitHub Actions

  • Add the token as ADMIN_GITHUB_TOKEN in the repository secrets of your fork. The token must have repo and workflow scopes.

  • If the repo generates PyPI release(s), create a scoped PyPI token. We recommend using a scoped token for security reasons.

  • You can store the token as PYPI_TOKEN in your fork’s Secrets.

    • Advanced usage: if you are releasing multiple repos, you can create a secret named PYPI_TOKEN_MAP instead of PYPI_TOKEN that is formatted as follows:


      If you have multiple Python packages in the same repository, you can point to them as follows:

  • If the repo generates npm release(s), add access token for npm, saved as NPM_TOKEN in “Secrets”.

Draft Changelog#

  • Go to the “Actions” tab in your fork of jupyter_releaser

  • Select the “Draft Changelog” workflow on the left

  • Click on the “Run workflow” dropdown button on the right

  • Fill in the appropriate parameters

    Draft Changelog Workflow Dialog

    • The “New Version Spec” will usually be the full version (e.g. 0.7.1). Repos using tbump can also use the “next” option, which will bump the micro version (or the build version in the case of a prerelease). The “minor” option allows projects using “tbump” to bump to the next minor version directly.

    • Use the “since” field to select PRs prior to the latest tag to include in the release

    • Type “true” in the “since the last stable git tag” if you would like to include PRs since the last non-prerelease version tagged on the target repository and branch.

    • The workflow will use the GitHub API to find the relevant pull requests and make an appropriate changelog entry.

    • The workflow will create a pull request to the target repository and branch. It will print the link in the “** Next Step **” job step.

    Draft Changelog Workflow Next Step

Review Changelog PR#

  • Go to the pull request created by the “Draft Changelog” workflow

    Draft Changelog Workflow Pull Request

  • Review the contents, fixing typos or otherwise editing as necessary.

  • If there is a section called “Other Merged PRs”, it means those PRs did not have one of the appropriate labels. If desired, you can go label those PRs and then re-run the workflow, or move the entries manually to the desired section. The appropriate labels are: bug, maintenance, enhancement, feature, and documentation.

  • The PR will lay out which steps you should take next based on how the “Draft Changelog” workflow was run.

  • Merge the PR

  • Delete the temporary branch

Full Release#

  • Return to your fork of jupyter_releaser

  • Click on the “Actions” tab

  • Select the “Full Release” workflow on the left

  • Click on the “Run workflow” button on the right

  • Fill in the entries as prompted by the automated changelog text

    Full Release Workflow Dialog

    • The additional “Post Version Spec” field should be used if your repo uses a dev version (e.g. 0.7.0.dev0)

  • The workflow will draft a GitHub release, publish assets to the appropriate registries.

  • If the workflow is not targeting the default branch, it will also generate a forward-port pull request for the changelog entry to the default branch.

  • When the workflow finishes it will print a link to the GitHub release and the forward-port PR (if appropriate) in the “** Next Step **” output.

    Full Release Workflow Next Step

  • Note If the publish portion fails you can attempt to publish the draft GitHub release given by the URL in the “** Failure Message **” using the “Publish Release” workflow.

  • Note GitHub Actions caches the secrets used on a given workflow run. So if you run into an auth issue, you’ll need to run a new workflow instead of re-running the existing workflow.

  • Review and merge the forward-port PR if applicable

  • Announce the release on appropriate channels