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Release Management

Intended audience

This guide is intended for maintainers and developers of InvenioRDM itself.


The guide covers how to release a new version of InvenioRDM.


We follow semantic versioning. In particular:

  • 0.y.z is for initial development - anything may change at any time.

InvenioRDM consists of:

  • a CLI tool,
  • an instance template,
  • an application, and
  • many modules.

Tool versioning

The Invenio-CLI tool is intended to be able to work with many different application versions, and multiple products (RDM, ILS, ...), and is therefore independently versioned.

Application versioning

The instance template (Cookiecutter-Invenio-RDM) and the application (Invenio-App-RDM) is together considered the application and therefore versioned together.

The application locks each dependent module to their minor-level versions so that patches can be distributed without breaking compatibility.

Module versioning

Each module (e.g. Invenio-RDM-Records, Invenio, ...) is versioned independently. Each module MUST follow semantic versioning, so that the application can lock the module version to the minor-level release.

Release checklist

Initial iteration

In the beginning of each iteration we start by releasing new development versions of the below modules in the order they specified:

  • flask-resources
  • react-invenio-forms
  • invenio-records-resources
    • bump flask-resources
  • react-invenio-deposit
    • bump react-invenio-forms
  • invenio-drafts-resources
    • bump invenio-records-resources
  • invenio-vocabularies
    • bump invenio-records-resources
  • invenio-rdm-records
    • bump invenio-drafts-resources
    • bump invenio-vocabularies
  • invenio-communities
    • bump invenio-rdm-records
  • invenio-app-rdm
    • bump invenio-rdm-records
    • bump invenio-communities
    • bump react-invenio-deposit
    • bump react-invenio-forms

For modules in v0.X.Y, the new version is v0.(X+1).0.

For modules in vX.Y.Z, the new version is v(X+1).0.0.dev0.


  • Ensure all dependent modules have been released.
  • Release Invenio-App-RDM (removing the pre-release suffix - e.g. dev0).
  • Cookiecutter-Invenio-RDM:
    • Merge everything to master.
    • Create new version branch from master using the pattern vX.Y (e.g if Invenio-App-RDM is v1.0.0, the branch should be named v1.0).


The final step to release the new modules and source code is to release Invenio-CLI. Releasing Invenio-CLI, will make all new installation use the latest released packages.

  • Invenio-CLI:
    • Update Cookiecutter-Invenio-RDM branch version in the source code.
    • Bump version of Invenio-CLI and release.


Release a Python or JavaScript package

  • Ensure all changes are merged in master branch on GitHub.
  • Checkout master branch and make sure it's identical to GitHub.
    git checkout master
    git reset --hard upstream/master
  • Bump version number:
    • Python: <package>/
    • JavaScript: package.json and package-lock.json.
  • Commit on master:
    git add <package>/
    git commit -m "release: vX.Y.Z"
  • Tag and push (both master and tag)
    git tag vX.Y.Z
    git push upstream master vX.Y.Z