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Reliesl is a tool for automatic release managment using the Gitlab CI.

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reliesl helps you automate your releases using poetry and GitLab CI.


"You've had a long day at work. Bugs have been squashed, features wered added and breaking changes documented. You've poured your heart and soul into this piece of software and the last thing seperating you from popping a bottle of champagne is having to release the newest version of your project on GitLab. Thank God there's reliesl to release your new software on GitLab (and maybe even open that bottle of champagne)." - reliesl's secret admirer

Use reliesl

reliesl grew up in a small village and thus is pretty opinionated. It assumes you are using poetry and keeping a reliesl provides two different commands to make your release process as smooth as possible:

reliesl release

Usually added to your existing CI pipeline to manually trigger a new GitLab release based on the releasenotes given in Also adds the .whl of the package to the Asset section.

If you want to automatically release to PyPi (or TestPyPi if you are feeling less adventurous) you can use the --pypi-release <pypi|testpypi> option like so:

reliesl release --pypi-release <value>

For authentication this requires the environement variables PYPI_USERNAME and PYPI_PASSWORD or TESTPYPI_USERNAME and TESTPYPI_PASSWORD to be set.

reliesl bump

Usually run locally to take care of all cumbersome version edits in various files. It will ask you whether you want to do a pre-release, bug fix, minor or major change, before automatically bumping your poetry version and parsing the to update the UNRELEASED section with the right version number and date.

Use the --dry-run flag to see what would happen without changing any files.

Additional files where version changes are needed can be configured via --additional-file-edits <file> <regex>, like so:

reliesl bump --additional-file-edits "file.txt" '(semver = )(.*)()' "file2.txt" '(version: )(.*)()'

The second capture group must be the semantic version you want to change. For more information on python regular expressions look here.

Install reliesl


Simply run

poetry add --dev reliesl


pip install reliesl


To your .gitlab-ci.yml you need to add:

  • A new - deploy stage if you do not already have one (The release process should be the last stage)

  • A new job:

  stage: deploy
  when: manual
    - pip install reliesl
    - reliesl release

Environment Variables

The release script needs access to the GitLab API to create a new release. This requires a new environment variable(Under Settings > CI / CD > Variables):

  • Value: a valid private token that gives access to api calls for your project(Profile > Settings > Access Tokens)



Please make sure to have the pre-commit hooks installed. Install pre-commit and then run pre-commit install to register the hooks with git.


We use make to streamline our development workflow. Run make help to see all available commands.

$ make help 
help                 Show this help message
check                Run all static checks (like pre-commit hooks)
test                 Run all tests
dev-install          Install all the packages in the local python environment for development
bump                 Bump reliesl version 


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