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The customizable Commitizen plugin to help achieve consistent commit messages like the AngularJS team.


Suitable for large teams working with multiple projects with their own commit scopes. When you specify the scopes in your .cz-config.js, cz-customizable allows you to select the pre-defined scopes. No more spelling mistakes embarrassing you when generating the changelog file.

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  • install commitizen in case you don't have it: npm install -g commitizen. Make sure you have the latest version of commitizen installed globally.

  • install the cz-customizable: npm install cz-customizable --save-dev

  • configure commitizen to use cz-customizable as plugin. Add those lines to your package.json:

    "config": {
      "commitizen": {
        "path": "node_modules/cz-customizable"


  • cz-customizable will first look for a file called .cz-config.js
  • alternatively add a config block in your package.json:
    "config": {
      "commitizen": {
        "path": "node_modules/cz-customizable"
      "cz-customizable": {
        "config": "config/path/to/my/config.js"

Note: option one allows you to have your config away from root directory. It also gives you a change to define any name to your cz-config.js.


  • you should commit your .cz-config.js file to your git.

From now on, instead of git commit you type git cz and let the tool do the work for you.

Hopefully this will help you to have consistent commit messages and have a fully automated deployment without any human intervention.


Here are the options you can set in your .cz-config.js:

  • scopes: {Array of Strings}: Specify the scopes for your particular project. Eg.: for some banking system: ["acccounts", "payments"]. For another travelling application: ["bookings", "search", "profile"]
  • scopeOverrides: {Object where key contains a Array of String}: Use this when you want to override scopes for a specific commit type. Example bellow specify scopes when type is fix:
  scopeOverrides: {
    fix: [
      {name: 'merge'},
      {name: 'style'},
      {name: 'e2eTest'},
      {name: 'unitTest'}
  • allowCustomScopes: {boolean, default false}: adds the option custom to scope selection so you can still type a scope if you need.
  • allowBreakingChanges: {Array of Strings: default none}. List of commit types you would like to the question breaking change prompted. Eg.: ['feat', 'fix']
  • appendBranchNameToCommitMessage: If you use cz-customizable with cz-customizable-ghooks, you can get the branch name automatically appended to the commit message. This is done by a commit hook on cz-customizable-ghooks. This option has been added on cz-customizable-ghooks, v1.3.0. Default value is true.
  • breakingPrefix: {string, default 'BREAKING CHANGE:'}: Set a custom prefix for the breaking change block in commit messages
  • footerPrefix: {string, default 'ISSUES CLOSED:'}: Set a custom prefix for the footer block in commit messages

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  • backticks If you wish to have backticks in your content, for example "feat: `string`", the commit preview will be "feat: \\string\\\\". Don't worry because on your git log will be "feat: `string`" as desired.

  • multiline contents on the body of the message Body is the only place where you can use a pipe to break lines. E.g.: you type this: my items are:| - item01| - item 02, which will become:

my items are:
 - item01
 - item 02


Please refer to:

Leonardo Correa