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ghr creates GitHub Release and uploads artifacts in parallel.


This demo creates GitHub Release page with v1.0.0 tag and uploads cross-compiled golang binaries.

You can see release page here.


Using ghr is simple. After setting GitHub API token (see more on GitHub API Token section), change into your repository root directory and run the following command:

$ ghr [option] TAG [PATH]

You must provide TAG (git tag) and optionally a PATH to artifacts you want to upload. You can specify a file or a directory. If you provide a directory, all files in that directory will be uploaded.

ghr assumes that you are in a git repository when executed. This is because normally the artifacts you want to upload to a GitHub Release page are in that repository or generated there. With this assumption, ghr implicitly reads repository URL from .git/config file. But you can change this kind of information, see Options section.

GitHub API Token

To use ghr, you need to get a GitHub token with an account which has enough permissions to create releases. To get a token, visit GitHub account settings page, then go to Applications for the user. Here you can create a token in the Personal access tokens section. For a private repository you need repo scope and for a public repository you need public_repo scope.

When using ghr, you can set it via GITHUB_TOKEN env var, -token command line option or github.token property in .gitconfig file.

For instance, to set it via environment variable:

$ export GITHUB_TOKEN="....."

Or set it in github.token in gitconfig:

$ git config --global github.token "....."

Note that environment variable take precedence over gitconfig value.

GitHub Enterprise

You can use ghr for GitHub Enterprise. Change API endpoint via the environment variable.

$ export GITHUB_API=


To upload all files in pkg/ directory with tag v0.1.0

$ ghr v0.1.0 pkg/
--> Uploading: pkg/0.1.0_SHASUMS
--> Uploading: pkg/
--> Uploading: pkg/
--> Uploading: pkg/
--> Uploading: pkg/
--> Uploading: pkg/
--> Uploading: pkg/


You can set some options:

$ ghr \
    -t TOKEN \        # Set Github API Token
    -u USERNAME \     # Set Github username
    -r REPO \         # Set repository name
    -c COMMIT \       # Set target commitish, branch or commit SHA
    -n TITLE \        # Set release title
    -b BODY \         # Set text describing the contents of the release
    -p NUM \          # Set amount of parallelism (Default is number of CPU)
    -delete \         # Delete release and its git tag in advance if it exists (same as -recreate)
    -replace          # Replace artifacts if it is already uploaded
    -draft \          # Release as draft (Unpublish)
    -soft \           # Stop uploading if the same tag already exists
    -prerelease \     # Create prerelease
    -generatenotes \  # Generate Release Notes automatically (See below)


If you are OSX user, you can use Homebrew:

$ brew install ghr

If you are on another platform, you can download a binary from our release page and place it in $PATH directory.

Or you can use go get (you need to use go1.7 or later),

$ go get -u


  • aktau/github-release - github-release can also create and edit releases and upload artifacts. It has many options. ghr is a simple alternative. And ghr will parallelize upload artifacts.

Generate Release Notes

GitHub added the ability to automatically generate the body of a Release based on a format specified in .github/release.yml in Oct 2021. You can read more about that format here. ghr now has the -generatenotes flag to enable that content to be programmatically added instead of manually suppling the body.


  1. Fork (
  2. Create a feature branch
  3. Commit your changes
  4. Rebase your local changes against the master branch
  5. Run test suite with the make test command and confirm that it passes using correct variables e.g. GITHUB_TOKEN=$GITHUB_TOKEN TEST_REPO_OWNER=tcnksm TEST_REPO_NAME=ghr make test
  6. Run gofmt -s -w .
  7. Create new Pull Request


Taichi Nakashima