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This project will soon be inactive. I am working on a new project that does this and more.

Release Exporter

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Blog: https://www.gollahalli.com/blog/export-your-github-and-gitlab-releases-as-a-changelog/

This CLI exports your project releases to a markdown based on keep a changelog and markdownlint and JSON, it currently supports GitHub and GitLab.

Install

pip install release-exporter

Or download this repository and type in the following in your terminal/cmd

python setup.py install

Usage

In your terminal/cmd, change to the folder where your repository is located and do the following:

rex --token <your token> markdown

That's it. You should see a CHANGELOG.md in your folder.

Advance Usage

Release exporter has the following options

Usage: rex [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

Options:
    --token TEXT      Token number if its a private repository.
    --url TEXT        URL of your repository. This is optional if your current
                    directory has .git folder with remote url.
    --location TEXT   Local location of your repository.
    --version
    --universal TEXT  Create a global settings file. Defaults to True.
    --help            Show this message and exit.

Commands:
    all       Creates change log for all formats.
    init      Creates .rex file.
    json      Creates JSON file.
    markdown  Creates markdown file.
    rst       Creates reStructuredText file.

If you don't have a repository on your computer, but you still want to generate a change log you can manually add your repository URL as follows:

rex markdown --token <your token> --url <your url>

If you have your repository in a different location and you are lazy (like me) to change into that directory, get the absolute path of your repository add it to the --location <location>.

rex --token <your token> --location <absolute path>

You can also export your releases to JSON file by just replacing markdown with json. The output looks something like this:

{
    "repositoryName": "release-exporter",
    "provider": "github.com",
    "owner": "akshaybabloo",
    "repoUrl": "https://github.com/akshaybabloo/release-exporter",
    "totalTags": 2,
    "data": [
        {
            "tagName": "Unreleased",
            "description": "",
            "createdAt": "",
            "compareUrl": "https://github.com/akshaybabloo/release-exporter/compare/1.0.1...HEAD"
        },
        {
            "tagName": "v1.0.1",
            "description": "### Added\n- Unreleased tag added to the template and GitHub\n- Unreleased tag added to GitHub\n\n### Fixed\n- Tag missing in GitHub JSON fixed\n- Tag missing in GitLab JSON fixed",
            "createdAt": "2018-01-16",
            "compareUrl": "https://github.com/akshaybabloo/release-exporter/compare/v1.0...v1.0.1"
        },
        {
            "tagName": "v1.0",
            "description": "Initial release.",
            "createdAt": "2018-01-15",
            "compareUrl": null
        }
    ]
}

Note: The Unreleased tag is not counted in totalTags.

Problems you might encounter

If you are using rex on your repository folder or if you are using --location you might get an error saying that there are duplicate keys, this is because sometimes the file .git/config has more than one [remote "origin"]. In such case, it is best to give the URL of your repository by giving --url <repo URL>.

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