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changelog plugin

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Getting Started

This project is a fastlane plugin. To get started with fastlane-plugin-changelog, add it to your project by running:

fastlane add_plugin changelog

About changelog

This plugin is inspired by and based on Keep a CHANGELOG project. Keep a CHANGELOG proposes a standardised format for keeping change log of your project repository in CHANGELOG.md file. This file contains a curated, chronologically ordered list of notable changes for each version of a project in human readable format.

Since Keep a CHANGELOG project proposes a well-defined structure with sections (e.g.: [Unreleased], 0.3.0]) and subsections (Added, Changed, Deprecated, Removed, Fixed, Security) it opens up an opportunity to automate reading from/writing to CHANGELOG.md with fastlane.

Actions

fastlane-plugin-changelog consists of 3 actions enabling you to manipulate CHANGELOG.md from fastlane.

πŸ“– read_changelog

Reads the content of a section from your project's CHANGELOG.md file. CHANGELOG.md must follow structure proposed by Keep a CHANGELOG project.

read_changelog	# Reads the Unreleased section from CHANGELOG.md in your project's folder
read_changelog(
  changelog_path: './custom_folder/CHANGELOG.md',	# Specify path to CHANGELOG.md
  section_identifier: '[Unreleased]',	# Specify what section to read
  excluded_markdown_elements: ['-', '###']	# Specify which markdown elements should be excluded
)

Use the output of this action in conjunction with for example pilot to upload your change log to TestFlight or with github_release to create a new release on Github.

πŸ“ update_changelog

Updates section identifier of your project's CHANGELOG.md file.

update_changelog(
  section_identifier: '[Build 123]', # Specify what section to update
  updated_section_identifier: 'Build 321' # Specify new section identifier
)

πŸ”– stamp_changelog

Stamps the Unreleased (see How can I minimize the effort required?) section with provided identifier in your project CHANGELOG.md file and sets up a new Unreleased section above it. Additionally, you can provide an optional git_tag param, specifing git tag associated with this section. stamp_changelog will then create a link to diff between this and previous section's tag on GitHub or Bitbucket. This will enable you to quickly get to comparison between two tags.

stamp_changelog(
  section_identifier: 'Build XYZ', # Specify identifier to stamp the Unreleased section with 
  git_tag: 'bXYZ' # Specify reference to git tag associated with this section
)

πŸ€– Moreover, if you are using danger-changelog plugin, you can leverage placeholder_line string paramater. placeholder_line string will be ignored when stamping an existing section and copied into [Unreleased] section. This will help contributors to your project to see where changelog changes should be added (see feature request).

😁 emojify_changelog

Emojifies the output of read_changelog action. When you share changelog with the rest of your team on e.g.: Slack channel, it's nice to sprinkle your subsections with a bit of visuals so it immediately catches eyes of your teammates. emojify_changelog uses the output of read_changelog action to append an emoji to known subsections, for example:

Added:
- New awesome feature

Changed:
- Onboarding flow 

Fixed:
- Fix Markdown links 

Removed:
- User tracking 

Work In Progress:
- Sales screen

Security:
- Enable SSL pinning

Deprecated:
- Obsolete contact screen

emojifies into:

Added 🎁:
- New awesome feature

Changed ↔️:
- Onboarding flow UI

Fixed βœ…:
- Fix Markdown links 

Removed 🚫:
- User tracking 

Work In Progress 🚧:
- Sales screen

Security πŸ”’:
- Enable SSL pinning

Deprecated πŸ’¨:
- Obsolete contact screen

Example of use:

changelog = read_changelog # Read changelog
pilot(changelog: changelog) # Send binary and changelog to TestFlight
emojified_changelog = emojify_changelog # Emojify the output of `read_changelog` action
slack(message: "Hey team, we have a new build for you, which includes the following: #{emojified_changelog}") # share on Slack

NOTE: do not send emojified changelog to iTunes Connect as it cannot handle emojis.

Example

As a developer you have to remember to keep your CHANGELOG.md up-to-date with whatever features, bug fixes etc. your repo contains and let fastlane do the rest.

lane :beta do
  build_number = get_build_number # Get build number
  gym # Compile
  
  changelog = read_changelog # Read changelog
  pilot(changelog: changelog) # Send binary and changelog to TestFlight
  
  stamp_changelog(section_identifier: "Build #{build_number}") # Stamp Unreleased section with newly released build number
end

Issues and Feedback

For any other issues and feedback about this plugin, please submit it to this repository.

Troubleshooting

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Using fastlane Plugins

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About fastlane

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