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

    # Builds reference which build instances should be archived in this archive.
    # Default is empty, which includes all builds.
    - default

    # Archive format. Valid options are `tar.gz`, `tar.xz`, `tar`, `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

    # This will create an archive without any binaries, only the files are there.
    # The name template must not contain any references to `Os`, `Arch` and etc, since the archive will be meta.
    # Default: false.
    # Since: v1.9.
    meta: true

    # Archive name template.
    # Defaults:
    # - if format is `tar.gz`, `tar.xz`, `gz` or `zip`:
    #   - `{{ .ProjectName }}_{{ .Version }}_{{ .Os }}_{{ .Arch }}{{ with .Arm }}v{{ . }}{{ end }}{{ with .Mips }}_{{ . }}{{ end }}{{ if not (eq .Amd64 "v1") }}{{ .Amd64 }}{{ end }}`
    # - if format is `binary`:
    #   - `{{ .Binary }}_{{ .Version }}_{{ .Os }}_{{ .Arch }}{{ with .Arm }}v{{ . }}{{ end }}{{ with .Mips }}_{{ . }}{{ end }}{{ if not (eq .Amd64 "v1") }}{{ .Amd64 }}{{ end }}`
    name_template: "{{ .ProjectName }}_{{ .Version }}_{{ .Os }}_{{ .Arch }}"

    # Set this 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'll 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

    # If set to true, will strip the parent directories away from binary files.
    # This might be useful if you have your binary be built with a subdir for some reason, but do no want that subdir inside the archive.
    # Default: false.
    # Since: v1.11.
    strip_parent_binary_folder: true

    # 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 `LICENSE*`, `README*`, `CHANGELOG*`,
    #  `license*`, `readme*` and `changelog*`.
      - LICENSE.txt
      - README_{{.Os}}.md
      - docs/*
      - design/*.png
      - templates/**/*
      # a more complete example, check the globbing deep dive below
      - src: '*.md'
        dst: docs
        # Strip parent folders when adding files to the archive.
        # Default: false
        strip_parent: true
        # File info.
        # Not all fields are supported by all formats available formats.
        # Defaults to the file info of the actual file if not provided.
          owner: root
          group: root
          mode: 0644
          # format is `time.RFC3339Nano`
          mtime: 2008-01-02T15:04:05Z

    # Before and after hooks for each archive.
    # Skipped if archive format is binary.
    # This feature is available in [GoReleaser Pro](/pro) only.
      - make clean # simple string
      - cmd: go generate ./... # specify cmd
      - cmd: go mod tidy
        output: true # always prints command output
        dir: ./submodule # specify command working directory
      - cmd: touch {{ .Env.FILE_TO_TOUCH }}
        - 'FILE_TO_TOUCH=something-{{ .ProjectName }}' # specify hook level environment variables

      - make clean
      - cmd: cat *.yaml
        dir: ./submodule
      - cmd: touch {{ .Env.RELEASE_DONE }}
        - 'RELEASE_DONE=something-{{ .ProjectName }}' # specify hook level environment variables

    # Disables the binary count check.
    # Default: false
    allow_different_binary_count: true

GoReleaser Pro

Archive hooks is a GoReleaser Pro feature.


Learn more about the name template engine.


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


The files and wrap_in_directory options are ignored if format is binary.


The name_template option will not reflect the filenames under the dist folder if format is binary. The template will be applied only where the binaries are uploaded (e.g. GitHub releases).

Deep diving into the globbing options

We'll walk through what happens in each case using some examples.

# ...

# Adds `` at the root of the archive:

# Adds all `md` files to the root of the archive:
- '*.md'

# Adds all `md` files to the root of the archive:
- src: '*.md'

# Adds all `md` files in the current folder to a `docs` folder in the archive:
- src: '*.md'
  dst: docs

# Recursively adds all `go` files to a `source` folder in the archive.
# in this case, `cmd/myapp/main.go` will be added as `source/cmd/myapp/main.go`
- src: '**/*.go'
  dst: source

# Recursively adds all `go` files to a `source` folder in the archive, stripping their parent folder.
# In this case, `cmd/myapp/main.go` will be added as `source/main.go`:
- src: '**/*.go'
  dst: source
  strip_parent: true
# ...

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.yaml
- 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.yaml
- format: gz
  - none*

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


You won't be able to package multiple builds in a single archive either. The alternative is to declare multiple archives filtering by build ID.

Disable archiving

You can do that by setting format to binary:

# .goreleaser.yaml
- format: binary

Make sure to check the rest of the documentation above, as doing this has some implications.