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This package provides an executable that can be run from Github Actions to release code to crates.io and pushing a git tag.

All code changes needed for a release are made by a developer in a regular git commit. The commit includes bumping the version in Cargo.toml, and any updates to Cargo.lock, changelog files, etc. The commit is reviewed and merged through the normal pull request process. Once merged, a Github Actions job runs auto-release to actually push the release.

Releasing this way has a couple advantages over local release flows:

  1. It greatly reduces the opportunity for mistakes, such as forgetting to sync the local branch or forgetting to push git tags.
  2. Cargo credentials can be stored securely on Github, no need for a local copy.


Create a Github Actions workflow, e.g. .github/workflows/release.yaml:

      - main

  contents: write

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - uses: actions/checkout@v4
      - run: cargo install auto-release
      - run: auto-release -p <package>

The auto-release crate has minimal compile-time dependencies, so it compiles very quickly. It does rely on various programs being available, all of which are already installed and configured on Github's Ubuntu runners:

  • cargo
  • curl
  • gh
  • git
  • jq

Cargo registry token

Generate the cargo registry token in your crates.io Account Settings. The token scopes must include publish-update. If the crate has never been published before, publish-new is also required.

To make the token available to the Github Actions workflow:

  1. Go to your repository's settings
  2. Click to Secrets and variables in the sidebar, then click Actions
  3. Under Repository secrets, click New repository secret.


  • -p/--package can be specified multiple times to release multiple packages. Note that order may be significant if packages depend on each other.
  • --condition body adds a condition that the commit message body must start with "release:", otherwise the commit will be ignored.
  • --condition subject adds a condition that the commit message subject must start with "release:", otherwise the commit will be ignored.


Licensed under either of Apache License, Version 2.0 or MIT license at your option.


See the code of conduct and contributing.md.


This project is not an official Google project. It is not supported by Google and Google specifically disclaims all warranties as to its quality, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.