A simple CLI tool that helps you manage releases of your GitHub projects.





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Yaba GitHub Release CLI


Yaba is a simple CLI tool that helps you manage releases of your GitHub projects.


You need npm in order to run the project on your local environment.

Installing / Updating / Uninstalling

To install CLI package globally:

npm i -g yaba-release-cli

To Update:

npm update -g yaba-release-cli

To uninstall:

npm uninstall -g yaba-release-cli


Create Personal Access Token

Go to Personal Access Tokens page on GitHub and generate new token to enable yaba CLI to access your repos.

  • Give your desired name to your personal access token with Note section.
  • Choosing repo scope is enough to use yaba CLI tool.

Now, your personal access token is generated. Copy that token and define that one as an environment variable:

export YABA_GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN=generated_personal_access_token

You can define that env variable into ~/.bashrc, ~/.bash_profile or ~/.zshrc file, choose which one is suitable for you. After defining the env variable, open new terminal or simply run source ~/.zshrc(here again choose where you defined your env variable).

If the repository owner is another GitHub account or organisation, you can define that like below instead of passing the owner to the command in every run.

export YABA_GITHUB_REPO_OWNER=repository_owner

Always -o or --owner has precedence over authenticated user. Presendence is like -o > GITHUB_REPO_OWNER > authenticated-user.

Slack Integration

If you want to announce your release/changelog to the specific Slack channel, you have to define below environment variable with the appropriate value.

export YABA_SLACK_HOOK_URL=your_slack_hook_url

Also, multiple hook URLs allowed to be defined like below:

export YABA_SLACK_HOOK_URL=your_slack_hook_url_1,your_slack_hook_url_2,...

If the above variable is set and the -p command given while running the command, an announcement will be post to the given Slack channel. You can find detailed information in the Command Line Usage section.

yaba -p

Command Line Usage

Run yaba with --help options:

➜  ~ yaba --help
Usage: yaba -o <owner> -r <repository> -t <tag> -n <release-name> -b <body> -d
<draft> -c <changelog> -i <interactive> -s <sound> -p <publish>

  -o, --owner         The repository owner.                             [string]
  -r, --repo          The repository name.                              [string]
  -t, --tag           The name of the tag.                              [string]
  -n, --release-name  The name of the release.                          [string]
  -b, --body          Text describing the contents of the tag. If not provided,
                      the default changelog will be generated with the usage of
                      the difference of master and latest release.      [string]
  -d, --draft         Creates the release as draft.                    [boolean]
  -c, --changelog     Shows only changelog without creating the release.
  -i, --interactive   Prompt before (draft) release is created (default true)
  -s, --sound         Play sound when the release created              [boolean]
  -p, --publish       Publishes the release announcement to the defined Slack
                      channel                                          [boolean]
  -h, --help          Show help                                        [boolean]
  -v, --version       Show version number                              [boolean]

You can run yaba from a git directory or any other directories which is not a git repo.

If you are in a git repo and if you want to prepare the release for that repo, you don't need to specify the repo name with the command. The command will automatically detect the current directory and if it is a git repository yaba will use it as repo for the command.

By default, if you don't specify -o, -t, -n and -b the command will prepare default values for them with the below pattern:

-o: authenticated_user
-t: prod_global_YYYYMMDD.1
-n: Global release YYYY-MM-DD
-b: Commits between last release and master/main branch

💡 If you want to bypass the prompt that is before creating the actual release, you can use -i false flag. This could be useful if you use yaba in your automation tools.

Run Locally

You have to clone the repository to your local machine

git clone git@github.com:volkanto/yaba.git

Go to project folder

cd yaba

Build dependencies

npm install

You have to install globally in order to run your yaba command

npm install -g .


You can create an issue if you find any problem or feel free to create a PR with a possible fix or any other feature. Also, you can create an issue if you have any idea that you think it will be nice if we have it.


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