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title: Releasing a New Buildpack Version
owner: Buildpacks
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This topic describes how to update and release a new version of a Cloud Foundry (CF) buildpack through the CF Buildpacks Team Concourse [pipeline](https://buildpacks.ci.cf-app.com/). Concourse is a continuous integration (CI) tool for software development teams. This is the process used by the CF Buildpacks Team and other CF buildpack development teams. You can use this process as a model for using Concourse to build and release new versions of your own buildpacks.
The Concourse pipelines for Cloud Foundry buildpacks are located in the [`buildpacks-ci`](http://github.com/cloudfoundry/buildpacks-ci) Github repository.
##<a id="releasing-a-new-buildpack-version"></a>Release a New Buildpack Version
To release a new buildpack version, perform the following:
1. Ensure you have downloaded the `buildpacks-ci` repository:
<pre class="terminal">
$ git clone https<span>:</span>//github.com/cloudfoundry/buildpacks-ci.git
</pre>
1. From the buildpack directory, check out the `develop` branch of the buildpack:
<pre class="terminal">
$ cd /system/path/to/buildpack
$ git checkout develop
</pre>
1. Ensure you have the most current version of the repository:
<pre class="terminal">
$ git pull -r
</pre>
1. Run `bump` to update the version in the buildpack repository:
<pre class="terminal">
$ /system/path/to/buildpacks-ci/scripts/bump
</pre>
1. Modify the `CHANGELOG` file manually to condense recent commits
into relevant changes. For more information, see [Modify Changelogs](#changelogs).
1. Add and commit your changes:
<pre class="terminal">
$ git add VERSION CHANGELOG
$ git commit -m "Bump version to $(cat VERSION) [{insert story #}]"
</pre>
1. Push your changes to the `develop` branch:
<pre class="terminal">
$ git push origin develop
</pre>
##<a id="concourse"></a>Concourse Buildpack Workflow
If `buildpacks-ci` is not deployed to Concourse, manually add
a Git tag to the buildpack and mark the tag as a release on Github.
If `buildpacks-ci` is deployed to Concourse, the buildpack update passes through the following life cycle:
1. Concourse triggers the `buildpack-to-master` job in the pipeline for the updated buildpack. This job merges develop onto the master branch of the buildpack.
1. The `detect-new-buildpack-and-upload-artifacts` job triggers in the pipeline for the updated buildpack. This job creates a cached and uncached buildpack and uploads them to an AWS S3 bucket.
1. The `specs-lts-master` and `specs-edge-master` jobs trigger and
run the buildpack test suite and the buildpack-specific tests of the [Buildpack Runtime Acceptance Tests (BRATS)](https://github.com/cloudfoundry/brats).
1. If you are using [Pivotal Tracker](https://www.pivotaltracker.com), paste the links for
the `specs-edge-master` and `specs-lts-master` builds in the related buildpack release story
and deliver that story.
1. Your project manager can manually trigger the `buildpack-to-github` and `buildpack-to-pivnet` jobs on Concourse as part
of the acceptance process. This releases the buildpack to Pivotal Network and to Github.
1. After the buildpack has been released to Github, the `cf-release` pipeline is triggered using the manual trigger of
the `recreate-bosh-lite` job on that pipeline. If the new buildpack has been released to Github, the CF that
is deployed for testing in the `cf-release` pipeline is tested against that new buildpack.
1. After the `cats` job has successfully completed, your project manager can ship the new buildpacks to the `cf-release` repository and create the new buildpack BOSH release by manually triggering the `ship-it` job.
<p class="note"><strong>Note</strong>: If errors occur during this workflow, you may need to remove unwanted tags. For more information, see <a href="#dealing-with-unwanted-tags">Handle Unwanted Tags</a>.</p>
##<a id="changelogs"></a>Modify Changelogs
The [Ruby Buildpack changelog](https://github.com/cloudfoundry/ruby-buildpack/blob/master/CHANGELOG) shows an example
layout and content of a changelog. In general, changelogs follow these conventions:
- Reference public tracker stories whenever possible.
- Exclude unnecessary files
- Combine and condense commit statements into individual stories containing valuable changes.
##<a id="dealing-with-unwanted-tags"></a>Handle Unwanted Tags
If you encounter problems with the commit that contains the new version, change the target of the release tag by performing the following:
1. Ensure the repository is in a valid state and is building successfully.
1. Remove the tag from your local repository and from Github.
1. Start a build. The pipeline build script should re-tag the build if it is successful.