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Add-on for zest.releaser for releasing qgis plugins

Project Description


Add-on for zest.releaser for releasing QGIS plugins.

Zest.releaser can be extended, see its entrypoints documentation.

What we do:

  • We hook into the “release” step and create a zipfile with a version number and copy it to the current directory. You can scp it to a server afterwards.
  • In the “prerelease” and “postrelease” steps we change the version number in the (mandatory) QGIS metadata.txt file.

Note: a QGIS plugin doesn’t have a, so you’ll need to add a version.txt or version.rst or VERSION file so that zest.releaser recognizes the current directory as a releasable project and so that it can find the version number somewhere. Simply put the version number (“1.2”) by itself on the first line. A newline at the end is fine.


You’ll have to install it globally (or in a custom virtualenv) as qgis plugins normally don’t have a full python setup.

The plugin checks whether there’s a metadata.txt (lowercase) with a qgisMinimumVersion string inside it. If found, the plugin runs. Otherwise it stays out of the way. So it should be safe to install globally.


  • Reinout van Rees started this library.

Changelog of qgispluginreleaser

1.0 (2017-06-20)

  • Use the codecs package in conjunction with “utf8” to read and write files.

0.2 (2016-02-01)

  • Qgis expects zip filenames to use a dot as name/version separator instead of a dash. We now create the zipfile with a dot instead.

0.1 (2016-01-19)

  • Initial project structure created with nensskel.
  • Changing versions in metadata.txt in the prerelease/postrelease step.
  • Creating a zipfile (with version number in the filename) automatically in the release step. Note that you must answer “yes” to the “checkout a tag?” question.

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