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GoReleaser Pro

The nightly build feature is a GoReleaser Pro feature.

Whether if you need beta builds or a rolling-release system, the nightly builds feature will do it for you.

To enable it, you must use the --nightly flag in the goreleaser release command.

You also have some customization options available:

# .goreleaser.yml
  # Allows you to change the version of the generated nightly release.
  # Note that some pipes require this to be semantic version compliant (nfpm,
  # for example).
  # Default is `{{ incpatch .Version }}-{{ .ShortCommit }}-nightly`.
  # Templates: allowed
  name_template: '{{ incpatch .Version }}-devel'

  # Tag name to create if publish_release is enabled.
  tag_name: devel

  # Whether to publish a release or not.
  # Only works on GitHub.
  publish_release: true

  # Whether to delete previous pre-releases for the same `tag_name` when
  # releasing.
  # This allows you to keep a single pre-release.
  keep_single_release: true

How it works

When you run GoReleaser with --nightly, it will set the Version template variable to the evaluation of nightly.name_template. This means that if you use {{ .Version }} on your name templates, you'll get the nightly version.


Learn more about the name template engine.

What is skipped when using --nightly?

  • Go mod proxying;
  • GitHub/GitLab/Gitea releases (unless specified);
  • Homebrew taps;
  • Scoop manifests;
  • Arch User Repositories;
  • Krew Plugin Manifests;
  • Milestone closing;
  • All announcers;

Everything else is executed normally. Just make sure to use the Version template variable instead of Tag. You can also check if it is a nightly build inside a template with:

{{ if .IsNightly }}something{{ else }}something else{{ end }}

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