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The generator from git log using the conventional commits scheme.

Example generated changelog:

Table of Contents


pip install mkchangelog


The list of versions is taken from list of signed git tags detected by prefix (default v, f.e. v1.3.4).

Generate changelog

To generate changelog for current and all previous versions (signed tags) to (default):

$ mkchangelog generate       # Creates
$ mkchangelog g              # Creates
$ mkchangelog g --stdout     # Prints changelog to stdout
$ mkchangelog g --help       # Prints help for generate command

Generate commit message

$ mkchangelog commit         # Generates message.txt
$ mkchangelog c              # Generates message.txt
$ git commit -F message.txt  # Use message.txt as commit message

Bump version

Interactive tool to:

  • generate changelog
  • calculate next version from feat/fix/breaking changes commits
  • commit changelog and tag version
$ mkchangelog bump           # Bumps next version
$ mkchangelog b              # Bumps next version

Manage configuration

You can change default configuration using .mkchangelog (ini format) file in current directory.

$ mkchangelog settings       # Shows current config as jon
$ mkchangelog s              # Shows current config as jon
$ mkchangelog s --generate   # Prints default config ini file


Default configuration is:

output =                   ; output file
template = markdown                     ; template to use
commit_limit = 100                      ; commits limit per release (version)
unreleased = False                      ; include unreleased changes (HEAD...last_version)
unreleased_version = Unreleased         ; title of unreleased changes (f.e. next version v3.0.0)
hide_empty_releases = False             ; hide releases with no gathered commits
changelog_title = Changelog             ; Changelog title
commit_types_list = fix,feat            ; list of commit types to include in Changelog
commit_type_default_priority = 10       ; default priority of commit type, for Changelog ordering
tag_prefix = v                          ; versions tag prefix to detect/generate git tags

[commit_types]                          ; valid commit types (for `--commit-types all`) and their names
build = Build
chore = Chore
ci = CI
dev = Dev
docs = Docs
feat = Features
fix = Fixes
perf = Performance
refactor = Refactors
style = Style
test = Test
translations = Translations

[commit_types_priorities]               ; custom commit types priorities, for Changelog ordering
feat = 40
fix = 30
refactor = 20


Creates changelog from git log

  • the list of releases is created from list of annotated git tags matching configured tag_prefix.
  • the unreleased changes are included if unreleased is true.
  • from git log messages matching configured commit_types are parsed and grouped by the type.
  • certain groups (types) are sorted by configured commit_types_priorities.
  • only configured commit_types_list types are rendered, if not --commit-types [type,type, | all] was provided

Includes additional git commits from text files

  • additional commit files (*.txt) can be put at .mkchangelog.d/versions/<version>/commits/ directory

For example:

Built-in templates

The mkchangelog includes a few builtin changelog output formats

$ mkchangelog g --template markdown
$ mkchangelog g --template rst
$ mkchangelog g --template json

Custom header and footer per version [for built-in templates]

The header and footer files are included from files:

  • .mkchangelog.d/versions//header
  • .mkchangelog.d/versions//footer

For example:

Custom jinja templates

You can create your own templates and pass them by --template parameter of mkchangelog generate or set it in .mkchangelog configuration file.

Using configuration file

# put `custom_template.jinja` in `.mkchangelog.d/templates/
template = custom_template.jinja

# or specify full path to template
template = ./path/to/template.jinja

Using --template parameter*

# put `custom_template.jinja` in `.mkchangelog.d/templates/
$ mkchangelog g --template custom_template.jinja

# or specify full path to template
$ mkchangelog g --template ./path/to/template.jinja

Refer to built-in templates for examples:

Template filters

Apart from builtin jinja2 filter there are additional custom filters:

  • underline - f.e. {{ changelog.title | underline('=') }}
  • regex_replace - f.e. {{ "line with #12 issue ref" | regex_replace("#(\d+)", "#ISSUE-\\1") }}

You can create and register your own filters using .mkchangelog.d/ file.

Example implementation of hooks:

Your own commit types

The commit_types can be fully customized by .mkchangelog file.

commit_types_list = awesome
hide_empty_releases = True

awesome = Best change
sad = Had to write it
not_sure = Works but why?

awesome = 40
sad = 30
not_sure = 20
$ mkchangelog g --commit_types all
$ mdless


Plugins / hooks system

You can use hooks system to extend mkchangelog functionality. All hooks are loaded from .mkchangelog.d/ file which must be a valid python module.

You can check the specification for available hooks at file. The mkchangelog built-in hooks are implemented at file.

Available hooks:

  • provide_template_filters - returns dictionary of jinja2 filters,
  • provide_changelog_loglines_filter - returns functions which filters list of LogLine - you can use it to filter out f.e. some scopes

Example .mkchangelog.d/

from __future__ import annotations

import random
from typing import Any, Callable, Dict, List

from mkchangelog.config import Settings
from mkchangelog.lib import hookimpl

def fancylize(s):
    return "".join([c.lower() if random.randint(0, 1) else c.upper() for c in s])

def provide_template_filters(settings: Settings) -> Dict[str, Callable[[Any], str]]:  # noqa
    """Add 'fancylize' jinja2 template filter"""
    return {"fancylize": fancylize}

def provide_changelog_loglines_filter(settings: Settings) -> Callable[[List[LogLine]], List[LogLine]]:
    """Hide lines with scope 'hidden_scope'"""
    return lambda loglines: [line for line in loglines if line.scope != "hidden_scope"]


Install pre-commit

pip install pre-commit
pre-commit install

Run tests

hatch run all:test


hatch run lint:all


mkchangelog is distributed under the terms of the MIT license.

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