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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

How to use

reliesl provides two different command line scripts for you:

reliesl release

Can be 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.

reliesl bump

Can be run locally to take care of all cumbersome version edits in various files. Automatically parses the to create a version from the current UNRELEASED section and adds a new section.

Additional files where version changes are needed can be configured as a command line argument. This makes it flexible to use if you already have a script for reusable commands, like a Makefile.


Currently the only way to install this repository is through git.


Simply add

reliesl = {git = "", branch="master"}

to your pyproject.toml under [tool.poetry.dependencies]


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 pip --upgrade pip
    - pip install git+
    - 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)


Optionally you can add

bump: ## Bump Version 
	poetry run reliesl bump

to your makefile to have easy access from the command line to the version bumper.


Using the reliesl release --pypi-release <value> option, you can also automatically release to either pypi or testpypi. For authentication this requires the environement variables PYPI_USERNAME and and PYPI_PASSWORD or TESTPYPI_USERNAME and TESTPYPI_PASSWORD.

Use reliesl bump --additional-file-edits <file> <pythonregexpr> to specify other locations for version changes. Use the --dry-run flag to only visualize changes to debug the regular expression. The second capture group must be the semantic version you want to change. Example:

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

For more information on python regular expressions use



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.


Use poetry to manage your dependencies. Please make sure it is installed for your current python version. Then start by adding your dependencies:

poetry add bump2version


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 Version  


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