Module that enables support for git-flow style releases via gulp

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A GulpJS plugin that enables support for git-flow style releases. It requires the gitflow command line tool to be installed on your system.



A proposed workflow revolving around the use of git as a central tool. Defines a branching model to follow using best practices and convenience directives.


gulp-release is a GulpJS plugin. It defines custom tasks that group common flow-related behaviors when releasing software using git.

npm i --save-dev gulp-release


  • gitflow ^1.9.0
  • gulp ~3.9
  • npm ^3.0.0
# Add node repositories
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_4.x | sudo -E bash -

# Install dependencies
sudo apt-get install git-flow
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
sudo npm update -g npms



In your gulpfile.js declare:

'use strict';
var gulp = require('gulp');
var release = require('gulp-release');


This will register tasks on your gulp instance. After that, you'll be able to call (or depend upon) all the tasks described below, such as:

$ gulp release


You may pass in an options configuration object to the register method to override some or all of the default settings.

'use strict';
var gulp = require('gulp');
var release = require('gulp-release');

release.register(gulp, { packages: ['package.json'] });

Here, the packages property expects an array of globs that match json files containing version information (i.e: package.json, bower.json, component.json).


register(gulpInst, options)

Declares tasks on the gulpInst gulp instance. options is an optional object that can be defined to override the following sensible defaults:

     tasks: {
       release: 'release'
     messages: {
       bump: 'Bump release version',
       next: 'Set next development version'
    packages: ['package.json'] // Supports glob syntax

This parameters permits you to configure main task name, commit messages and .json files containing a .version attribute that will be bumped on a new release.



Performs a full, automatic project release. Uses git flow release internally. Name is configurable.

It's required that your version numbering follows semver specifications.

gulp release [-v --version] [-t --type] [-p --push]

The repository you invoke this task on, must be git flow enabled. Run git flow init if you haven't already, before running gulp release. Otherwise, the task will fail.

  • Next release version defaults to PATCH increment.
  • -t or --type can be used to indicate other types of increment (MAJOR, _MINOR or PATCH).
  • -v or --version can be used to indicate a specific next version (such as 3.2.2-beta). If left blank, the version from your first configured package file (ie., package.json) will be used.
  • If your current version ends with a suffix, next default version will be that same number without the suffix
  • (0.0.2-dev -> 0.0.2).
  • -p or --push indicate whether to push results (branches and tags) to origin or not after finishing the release process. Defaults to false.

This recipe will perform the following actions, sequentially:

  1. Invoke git flow release start -F <version>. Where <version> is either set from a command line argument or read from a package file.
  2. Bump the version on all package files and generate a codename for the release.
  3. Commit changes from last step to develop using "Bump release version" as message (configurable).
  4. Invoke git flow release finish -m <codename> <version>.
  5. Bump the version on all packages files to next development iteration using a -dev suffix (like 1.0.1-dev).
  6. Commit changes from last step to develop using "Set next development version" as message (configurable).
  7. If the -p (or --push) flag was set, push all tags and local branches to origin.

See the git flow release wiki for details on what's happening under the hood when calling git flow release start|finish.