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The binaries built will be archived together with the README and LICENSE files into a tar.gz file. In the archives section you can customize the archive name, additional files, and format.

Here is a commented archives section with all fields specified:

# .goreleaser.yml
    # ID of this archive.
    # Defaults to `default`.
    id: my-archive

    # Builds reference which build instances should be archived in this archive.
    - default

    # Archive name template.
    # Defaults:
    # - if format is `tar.gz`, `tar.xz`, `gz` or `zip`:
    #   - `{{ .ProjectName }}_{{ .Version }}_{{ .Os }}_{{ .Arch }}{{ if .Arm }}v{{ .Arm }}{{ end }}{{ if .Mips }}_{{ .Mips }}{{ end }}`
    # - if format is `binary`:
    #   - `{{ .Binary }}_{{ .Version }}_{{ .Os }}_{{ .Arch }}{{ if .Arm }}v{{ .Arm }}{{ end }}{{ if .Mips }}_{{ .Mips }}{{ end }}`
    name_template: "{{ .ProjectName }}_{{ .Version }}_{{ .Os }}_{{ .Arch }}"

    # Replacements for GOOS and GOARCH in the archive name.
    # Keys should be valid GOOSs or GOARCHs.
    # Values are the respective replacements.
    # Default is empty.
      amd64: 64-bit
      386: 32-bit
      darwin: macOS
      linux: Tux

    # Set to true, if you want all files in the archive to be in a single directory.
    # If set to true and you extract the archive 'goreleaser_Linux_arm64.tar.gz',
    # you get a folder 'goreleaser_Linux_arm64'.
    # If set to false, all files are extracted separately.
    # You can also set it to a custom folder name (templating is supported).
    # Default is false.
    wrap_in_directory: true

    # Archive format. Valid options are `tar.gz`, `tar.xz`, `gz`, `zip` and `binary`.
    # If format is `binary`, no archives are created and the binaries are instead
    # uploaded directly.
    # Default is `tar.gz`.
    format: zip

    # Can be used to change the archive formats for specific GOOSs.
    # Most common use case is to archive as zip on Windows.
    # Default is empty.
      - goos: windows
        format: zip

    # Additional files/template/globs you want to add to the archive.
    # Defaults are any files matching `LICENCE*`, `LICENSE*`,
    # `README*` and `CHANGELOG*` (case-insensitive).
      - LICENSE.txt
      - README_{{.Os}}.md
      - docs/*
      - design/*.png
      - templates/**/*


Learn more about the name template engine.

You can add entire folders, its subfolders and files by using the glob notation, for example: myfolder/**/*.

Packaging only the binaries

Since GoReleaser will always add the README and LICENSE files to the archive if the file list is empty, you'll need to provide a filled files on the archive section.

A working hack is to use something like this:

# goreleaser.yml
- files:
  - none*

This would add all files matching the glob none*, provide that you don't have any files matching that glob, only the binary will be added to the archive.

For more information, check #602

A note about Gzip

Gzip is a compression-only format, therefore, it couldn't have more than one file inside.

Presumably, you'll want that file to be the binary, so, your archive section will probably look like this:

# goreleaser.yml
- format: gz
  - none*

This should create .gz files with the binaries only, which should be extracted with something like gzip -d file.gz.

Multiple builds will also not work in this case and will be handled on #705.

Disable archiving

You can do that by setting format to binary:

# goreleaser.yml
- format: binary