Making releases


  • Check that python libs are up-to-date (start in clean virtual env, pip install -U -r requirements_dev.txt -r requirements_prod.txt -r requirements.txt, `pip list --outdated).

  • Check that external CSS/JS libs are up-to-date.

  • Check that all migrations are created (makemigrations).

  • Check that all translations are done.

  • Check for changes in helfertool.yaml: update docs and helfertoolctl


The following describes the steps for a new release series (like 1.1.x). For patch releases of LTS versions, replace the dev branch with another temporary branch and main with lts/....

Rebase the dev branch to the main first. Then, check that the version is correctly set in the following files. It needs to be the latest version of the main branch (like 1.0.2).

  • .bumpversion.cfg

  • src/version.txt

A commit of the changes is not necessary.

Then create the new version:

bump2version --allow-dirty major|minor|patch

Check the git log:

  • There should be a new commit and tag.

  • The commit should only change the version in the two files listed above, nothing else.

Push the branch, but not the tag:

git push

Create a pull request on Github, so that the final code quality checks are started.

If this is ok, merge the branch and also push the tags:

git checkout main
git merge dev
git push
git push --tags


The container is built and pushed automatically via Github actions.

In case there are issues, a local build is possible:

./scripts/ build

Then run it to see if every services starts, check http://localhost:8000 in your browser:

./scripts/ test

If that worked, push the new container:

./scripts/ push

Website and documentation

  • Write changelog and update tables with releases (here and here)

  • Publish news with tag update on website

Git cleanup

In the dev branch, the version in src/vesion.txt needs to be set to dev again. Commit this change to the dev branch.