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A small commandline app written in Go that allows you to easily create and delete releases of your projects on Github. In addition it allows you to attach files to those releases.

It interacts with the github releases API. Though it's entirely possible to do all these things with cURL, it's not really that user-friendly. For example, you need to first query the API to find the id of the release you want, before you can upload an artifact. github-release takes care of those little details.

It might still be a bit rough around the edges, pull requests are welcome!

How to install

If you don't have the Go toolset installed, and you don't want to, but still want to use the app, you can download binaries for your platform on the releases page. Yes, that's dogfooding, check the makefile!

If you have Go installed, you can just do:

go get

This will automatically download, compile and install the app.

After that you should have a github-release executable in your $GOPATH/bin.

How to use

NOTE: for these examples I've created a github token and set it as the env variable GITHUB_TOKEN. github-release will automatically pick it up from the environment so that you don't have to pass it as an argument.

# set your token
export GITHUB_TOKEN=...

# check the help
$ github-release --help

# make your tag and upload
$ git tag ... && git push --tags

# check the current tags and existing releases of the repo
$ github-release info -u aktau -r gofinance
git tags:
- v0.1.0 (commit:
- v0.1.0, name: 'hoary ungar', description: 'something something dark side 2', id: 166740, tagged: 29/01/2014 at 14:27, published: 30/01/2014 at 16:20, draft: ✔, prerelease: ✗
  - artifact: github.go, downloads: 0, state: uploaded, type: application/octet-stream, size: 1.9KB, id: 68616

# create a formal release
$ github-release release \
    --user aktau \
    --repo gofinance \
    --tag v0.1.0 \
    --name "the wolf of source street" \
    --description "Not a movie, contrary to popular opinion. Still, my first release!" \

# you've made a mistake, but you can edit the release without
# having to delete it first (this also means you can edit without having
# to upload your files again)
$ github-release edit \
    --user aktau \
    --repo gofinance \
    --tag v0.1.0 \
    --name "Highlander II: The Quickening" \
    --description "This is the actual description!"

# upload a file, for example the OSX/AMD64 binary of my gofinance app
$ github-release upload \
    --user aktau \
    --repo gofinance \
    --tag v0.1.0 \
    --name "gofinance-osx-amd64" \
    --file bin/darwin/amd64/gofinance

# upload other files...
$ github-release upload ...

# you're not happy with it, so delete it
$ github-release delete \
    --user aktau \
    --repo gofinance \
    --tag v0.1.0


The release command does not have an --auth-user flag because in practice, Github ignores the --auth-user flag when validating releases. The only thing that matters is passing a token that has permission to create the release.

GitHub Enterprise Support

You can point to a different GitHub API endpoint via the environment variable GITHUB_API:

export GITHUB_API=

Used libraries

Package Description License humanize file sizes MIT GH API pagination MIT option parsing BSD HTTP client MIT


  • Check if an artifact is already uploaded before starting a new upload


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