Each module is released and versioned independently. The release process is automated and triggered by a GitHub Action that is triggered when a PR is merged into the main branch. This action uses the Release Please tool developed by Google to automatically create a new release PR that updates the file and bumps the version in the version.txt and files. For a release to be completed, the release PR needs to be manually approved and then merged into the main branch.

In the subsections below we will go through the release process in more detail and then explain some steps when manually setting a version.

Release Please configuration

The Release Please tool can be found on this repository and the GitHub Action we use is available on a another repository. Both are maintained by Google.

Every DevOps Stack module contains a GitHub workflow that simply calls a centralized workflow.

Centralized workflow

The workflow definition available in the main repository.

# GitHub Actions workflow to automatically create releases and changelogs in our DevOps Stack repositories.
# IMPORTANT: This workflow is called by other workflows in our DevOps Stack repositories and it is centralized here in 
# order to be easily maintained across modules. Because of this, please make sure you're not introducing any breaking 
# changes when modifying this workflow.

name: "modules-release-please"


    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    - uses: google-github-actions/release-please-action@v3
        release-type: simple
        pull-request-title-pattern: "chore: release ${version}"
        bump-minor-pre-major: true
        extra-files: |

Note following lines:

  1. The workflow_call setting means the workflow is only triggered by an external call (i.e. when a module calls it).

  2. The release-type setting is set to simple which means it only updates the file and bumps the version in the version.txt file.

  3. The extra-files setting is used to specify additional files that need to be updated when bumping the version. In our case, we also need to update the file. This is because we need to statically define the variable target_revision, which is used to pin the module version in argocd_application resources.

Caller workflow

The caller workflow on every module simply points to this workflow and is set to run on every push to the main branch. This is the workflow definition:

name: "release-please"

    - "main"

    uses: camptocamp/devops-stack/.github/workflows/modules-release-please.yaml@main
Our module template already contains this workflow definition, but with a caveat. To avoid creating releases on the template itself, it was deactivated and you need to re-activate it when creating a new module. The comments on the file are self-explanatory.

Automatic versioning

The commit messages are used to determine the type of release that needs to be created.

Only the feat and fix commit types will trigger the release CI. The feat commit type will trigger a minor version bump while the fix commit type will trigger a patch version bump. If you add a ! after the commit type, the release will be a major version bump. For example, feat!: this is a breaking change will trigger a major version bump.

Any other commit type will not trigger a release. This includes chore, docs, style, refactor, perf and test. If you still want to force a release, you can add a footer to any commit message with the Release-As: prefix.

Versioning while on pre-release stage

When a module is still in pre-release stage, the versioning is a bit different. The versioning is done manually through the Release-As: footer.

We propose that for as long as the module is in pre-release stage, you should only do a Squash and Merge and add the Release-As: footer to the merge comment. The release PR will contain the version that you specified in the Release-As: footer. You can then approve and merge the release PR.

For pre-release versioning, we propose to use v1.0.0-alpha.X or v1.0.0-beta.X, depending on the maturity. X is the pre-release version and is what should be incremented manually.

When a module is ready for the first release, you need to add the Release-As: v1.0.0 footer and this will trigger the first release. After that, the release process will be automatic.