Edit this Doc Releasing Appium

Appium follows the GitLab flow approach. Releases are made on release branches that have the format releases/x.y where x is a major version and y is a minor version. The main Appium repository doesn't strictly follow semver (unlike the dependencies of Appium). A minor release (e.g.: 1.20.0) means that we're creating a new release that has a newly created set of dependencies that are shrinkwrapped to the latest. A patch release (e.g.: 1.20.4) isn't strictly a "patch", but just means that we're making an intermediary release that brings in small changes. For example, suppose I have a new version of appium-xcuitest-driver that I want to publish and it can't wait until the next minor release. To bring in that change, I would checkout the release branch (e.g.: git checkout releases/1.20); install the dependency (npm install [email protected] && git commit -a -m 'bump appium-xcuitest-driver to version $version); release a "release candidate" (see below) and then when it's ready, graduate the "release candidate" to general availability

Create a release branch

  1. bash ./scripts/release-branch.sh x.y where x is the major version and y is the minor version (example: bash ./scripts/release-branch.sh 1.20)
  2. This will create:
    • A release branch releases/1.20
    • A git tag v1.20.0-rc.0
    • Publish a NPM package 1.20.0-rc.0 as a release candidate
  3. Create a changelog pull request

Create a release candidate

  1. Checkout the release branch (e.g.: git checkout releases/1.21 && git pull origin releases/1.21)
  2. bash ./scripts/release.sh rc

Publish to GA

  1. Checkout the release branch (e.g.: git checkout releases/1.21 && git pull origin releases/1.21)
  2. bash ./scripts/release.sh latest
  3. Update the site docs by going to https://github.com/appium/appium.io/pulls and merging the latest pull request that was opened by the Triager bot. Close any other pull requests opened by Triager bot.
  4. Create a new release on GitHub: go to https://github.com/appium/appium/releases/tag/v<VERSION> and hit "Edit Tag". Make the release name <VERSION> (e.g., 2.0.5), then paste in the changelog (but not the changelog header for this version). If it's a beta release, mark as pre-release.
  5. Create a new post on discuss.appium.io announcing the release. Post it in the "News" category. Paste in the changelog and any choice comments. Pin it and unpin the previous release post.
  6. Begin process of releasing appium-desktop.
  7. Notify @jlipps to so he can tweet a link to the discuss post.


When you publish a version to a wrong channel

For example, you accidentally pusbed rc version into the latest channel. Then, you could add the deprecated label to this version , and re-tag the previous stable version in order to keep the stable one via npm install. dist-tag command helps to achieve that.

$ npm deprecate [email protected] "this release should be in rc channel" --tag=latest
$ npm dist-tag add [email protected] latest

You can confirm if the above step works by calling npm install -g appium. Once you can install [email protected], the above step worked. (You may need to wait for a few minutes because of npm caching.)