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Utility for use in gitlab ci to upload files (from build) to the current projects release (tag)

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This Python utility is used to upload specific release files from a gitlab-ci build to the Releases / Tags page on gitlab.

This allows a file or (generated) zip with arbitrary structure to be added to a release for convenient download, as opposed to the artifacts which are somewhat constrained to always be zipped with a folder structure taken directly from the filesystem.

By default the tool will now upload to the generic package registry for the project. If you’d prefer to attach to the tag instead registry use can be disabled with --no-registry

It can be used in a .gitlab-ci.yml stage like:

  stage: release
  image: python3
    - pip3 install gitlab-release
    - gitlab-release *.zip
    - tags

Or if you want to bundle a bunch of files into a zip and upload that

  stage: release
  image: python3
    - pip3 install gitlab-release
    - gitlab-release --zip "release-${CI_COMMIT_TAG}.zip" *
    - tags

Or if you just want links to your job artifacts added to the release:

  stage: release
  image: python3
    - pip3 install gitlab-release
    - gitlab-release --link-artifact *.zip
      # Must include files passed to gitlab_release
      - ./*.zip
    - tags

On any tagged release the files specified on the command line will then be available on the Tags tab of your project.

gitlab-release requires Python 3.

Setting up the required private token

This tool requires you to put a copy of a PRIVATE_TOKEN in a secret CI variable for the project to give it access to post the files back to the project.

For this create a new Personal Access Token at and use that. (You could also use your personal token from, but this is not recommended.)

Make sure you enable Access your API when creating the token. The name of the token is just for you to remeber what it’s for, it wont affeect operation.

Add it to a secret variable called PRIVATE_TOKEN for the project you’re building at<user>/<project>/settings/ci_cd>.


Note: Version 4 and above use the Gitlab Releases api to include files as release assets by default, whereas version 3 and older added the artifacts as a dot-point list in the tag description. The older behavior can still be used with the --link-in-desc flag. This flag is also automatically enabled if --link-prefix is set.

usage: gitlab-release [-h] [--server SERVER] [--project_id PROJECT_ID]
                  [--release_tag RELEASE_TAG] [--timeout TIMEOUT] [--ignore_cert]
                  [--job-id JOB_ID] [--artifact-zip] [--zip ZIP]
                  [--description DESCRIPTION] [--link-prefix LINK_PREFIX] [--link-in-desc]
                  [--link-type LINK_TYPE] [--link-artifact]
                  [--no-registry] [--registry-vers REGISTRY_VERS]
                  [--registry-package-name REGISTRY_PACKAGE_NAME]
                  [--private-token PRIVATE_TOKEN] [--create-tag]
                  [files ...]
positional arguments  
files file names and/or globs of files to upload
optional arguments  
--server SERVER url of gitlab server (default: $CI_PROJECT_URL)
--project_id PROJECT_ID Unique id of project, available in Project Settings/General (default: $CI_PROJECT_ID)
--release_tag RELEASE_TAG Tag to upload files against (default: $CI_COMMIT_TAG)
--timeout TIMEOUT Timeout for http requests
--ignore_cert Ignore ssl certificate failures
--job-id JOB_ID Override the job number used for artifacts
--artifact-zip Link artifacts zip from current job
--zip ZIP Add all files to provided zip name and upload that
--description DESCRIPTION Release description to be put in front of the files
--link-prefix LINK_PREFIX Prefix text added in front of each file link, eg “* ” to create a list
--link-in-desc Add the artifact links to the description. Uses release asset otherwise
--link-type LINK_TYPE The type of the link: other, runbook, image, package
--link-artifact Link files as artifact from the current job
--no-registry Don’t upload artifacts to generic registry, attach to tag description instead
--registry-vers REGISTRY_VERS Upload artifacts to generic registry with provided version (default tag version numbers)
--registry-package-name REGISTRY_PACKAGE_NAME Upload artifacts to generic registry with provided version (default project name)
--private-token PRIVATE_TOKEN login token with permissions to commit to repo
--create-tag create the tag if it doesn’t already exist
-h, --help show this help message and exit

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