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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 Tags release 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.

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-in-desc]
                     [--link-prefix LINK_PREFIX] [--link-artifact]
                     [--private-token PRIVATE_TOKEN] [files [files ...]]
positional arguments  
files file names and/or globs of files to upload
optional arguments  
--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
--timeout TIMEOUT Timeout for http requests
--ignore_cert Ignore ssl certificate failures
--link-artifact Link files as artifact from the current job instead of uploading
--link-in-desc Add the artifact links to the description. Uses release asset otherwise.
--artifact-zip Link artifacts zip from current job
--job-id JOB_ID Override the job number used for artifacts
--zip ZIP Add all provided files to provided zip name and upload that
--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_BUILD_TAG)
--private_token login token with permissions to commit to repo
-h, --help show this help message and exit

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