Programming language: Rust
License: Apache License 2.0
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Latest version: v0.23.0

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cargo release


  • Ensure you are in a good state for release, including:
    • Right branch
    • Up-to-date with remote
    • Clean tree
  • Supports workspaces using cargo's native flags, like --workspace, --exclude and --package
    • Updates dependent crates in workspace when changing version
    • Change detection to help guide in what crates might not need a release
    • Optionally share commits
  • Handles cargo publish, tagging, and pushing
  • Pre-release search and replace for custom version updates, including
    • Updating changelogs
    • Update tags in Dockerfiles
  • Pre-release hook for extra customization, including


Current release: 0.23.0

$ cargo install cargo-release


$ cargo release [level]
  • See the [reference](docs/reference.md) for more on level, other CLI arguments, and configuration file format.
  • See also the [FAQ](docs/faq.md) for help in figuring out how to adapt cargo-release to your workflow.


  • Your project should be managed by git.

Dry run

By default, cargo-release runs in dry-run mode so you can safely run it and verify what it will do.

  • Increase the logging level with each additional -v to get more details
  • Speed up dry-run by skipping cargo-publishs verify step with --no-verify

Once you are ready, pass the --execute flag.

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Semver Compatibility

cargo-release's versioning tracks compatibility for the binaries, not the API. We upload to crates.io to distribute the binary. If using this as a library, be sure to pin the version with a = version requirement operator.


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