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Sometimes we want to generate a full build of our project, but neither want to validate anything nor upload it to anywhere.

GoReleaser supports this with the --snapshot flag and with the snapshot customization section:

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

How it works

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

You can also check if it's a snapshot build inside a template with:

{{ if .IsSnapshot }}something{{ else }}something else{{ end }}


Learn more about the name template engine.

Note that the idea behind GoReleaser's snapshots is for local builds or to validate your build on the CI pipeline. Artifacts won't be uploaded and will only be generated into the dist directory.

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