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Global Hooks

Some release cycles may need run something before or after everything else.

GoReleaser allows this with the global hooks feature.

The before section allows for global hooks that will be executed before the release is started.

The configuration is straightforward, here is an example will all possible options:

# .goreleaser.yml
before:
  # Templates for the commands to be ran.
  hooks:
  - make clean
  - go generate ./...
  - go mod tidy
  - touch {{ .Env.FILE_TO_TOUCH }}

GoReleaser Pro

Global after hooks and the additional options in before hooks (dir and env) are GoReleaser Pro features.

The before section allows for global hooks that will be executed before the release is started. Likewise, the after section allows for global hooks that will be executed after the release is started.

The configuration is straightforward, here is an example will all possible options:

# .goreleaser.yml
# global before hooks
before:
  # Templates for the commands to be ran.
  hooks:
  - make clean # simple string
  - cmd: go generate ./... # specify cmd
  - cmd: go mod tidy
    dir: ./submodule # specify command working directory
  - cmd: touch {{ .Env.FILE_TO_TOUCH }}
    env:
      FILE_TO_TOUCH: 'something-{{ .ProjectName }}' # specify hook level environment variables

# global after hooks
after:
  # Templates for the commands to be ran.
  hooks:
  - make clean
  - cmd: cat *.yaml
    dir: ./submodule
  - cmd: touch {{ .Env.RELEASE_DONE }}
    env:
      RELEASE_DONE: 'something-{{ .ProjectName }}' # specify hook level environment variables

Note that if any of the hooks fails the release process is aborted.

Complex commands

If you need to do anything more complex, it is recommended to create a shell script and call it instead. You can also go crazy with sh -c "my commands", but it gets ugly really fast.

Tip

Learn more about the name template engine.