Change log parser for node.
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Change log parser for node.

Install

npm install changelog-parser

Usage

This module exports a single function. It supports both callbacks and promises.

var parseChangelog = require('changelog-parser')

Callback

If provided with a callback, parseChangelog will invoke the function with the parsed changelog.

parseChangelog('path/to/CHANGELOG.md', function (err, result) {
  if (err) throw err

  // changelog object
  console.log(result)
})

Promise

If no callback is provided, parseChangelog will return a Promise.

parseChangelog('path/to/CHANGELOG.md')
  .then(function(result) {
    // changelog object
    console.log(result)
  })
  .catch(() {
    // Whoops, something went wrong!
  })

Command-line interface

There is also a command-line interface available if you install it with -g.

npm install -g changelog-parser

This installs a program called changelog-parser that you simply pass a CHANGELOG.md file.

changelog-parser path/to/CHANGELOG.md

This will print the JSON object representing the change log to the terminal.

Alternately you can run it without arguments and it will look for a CHANGELOG.md file in the working directory.

Standards

This module assumes your change log is a markdown file structured roughly like so:

# changelog title

A cool description (optional).

## unreleased
* foo

## x.y.z - YYYY-MM-DD (or DD.MM.YYYY, D/M/YY, etc.)
* bar

## [a.b.c]

### Changes

* Update API
* Fix bug #1

## 2.2.3-pre.1 - 2013-02-14
* Update API

## 2.0.0-x.7.z.92 - 2013-02-14
* bark bark
* woof
* arf

## v1.3.0

* make it so

## [1.2.3](link)
* init

[a.b.c]: http://altavista.com

Parsing the above example will return the following object:

{
  title: 'changelog title',
  description: 'A cool description (optional).',
  versions: [
    { version: null,
      title: 'unreleased',
      date: null,
      body: '* foo',
      parsed: {
        _: [
          'foo'
        ]
      }
    },
    { version: 'x.y.z',
      title: 'x.y.z - YYYY-MM-DD',
      date: null,
      body: '* bar',
      parsed: {
        _: [
          'bar'
        ]
      }
    },
    { version: 'a.b.c',
      title: '[a.b.c]',
      date: null,
      body: '### Changes\n\n* Update API\n* Fix bug #1',
      parsed: {
        _: [
          'Update API',
          'Fix bug #1'
        ],
        Changes: [
          'Update API',
          'Fix bug #1'
        ]
      }
    },
    { version: '2.2.3-pre.1',
      title: '2.2.3-pre.1 - 2013-02-14',
      date: '2013-02-14',
      body: '* Update API',
      parsed: {
        _: [
          'Update API'
        ]
      }
    },
    { version: '2.0.0-x.7.z.92',
      title: '2.0.0-x.7.z.92 - 2013-02-14',
      date: '2013-02-14',
      body: '* bark bark\n* woof\n* arf',
      parsed: {
        _: [
          'bark bark',
          'woof',
          'arf'
        ]
      }
    },
    { version: '1.3.0',
      title: 'v1.3.0',
      date: null,
      body: '* make it so',
      parsed: {
        _: [
          'make it so'
        ]
      }
    },
    { version: '1.2.3',
      title: '[1.2.3](link)',
      date: null,
      body: '* init',
      parsed: {
        _: [
          'init'
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}

Expects versions to be semver compliant, otherwise sets version to null.

Each entry is available as an object in the versions array. The body of a given entry can be accessed using the following properties:

  • body - A string containing all of the updates/changes/etc. for the current entry. This property includes both plain text and markdown.
  • parsed - An object which points to one or more arrays of data for the current entry. All data for the current entry is present in the array at key _ (eg. parsed._). If the entry contains subheadings (eg. ### Added, ### Changed), then any items underneath each subheading will be present in an array at the corresponding key (eg. parsed.Added, parsed.Changed). Each array contains plain text.

CHANGELOG.md standards are inspired by keepachangelog.com.

Contributing

Contributions welcome! Please read the contributing guidelines first.

See Also

License

ISC