Shipping forecast

GitHub delivers Releases for easy project shipping

Chris Mayer

The social coding hub has a new feature, designed to make finding the latest version of your favourite project that much easier


Social coding service GitHub has unveiled Releases, a new workflow feature designed to make the final software package more consistent for end users.

Available via the project repository homepage, releases are first-class objects containing changelogs and binary assets from the project’s entire history. Releases are accompanied with Git tags, like other GitHub project features, and users can decide whether to use existing tags or allow Releases to create one for it.

Previously, GitHub allowed users to download version archives of their project and make this available through the Downloads Tab. However this option was deprecated at the end of 2012 as supporting this function caused GitHub “a source of great confusion and pain.”

Why GitHub have chosen to bring back this option is unclear, although it is more closely integrated with Git than the site’s older version of this feature. The good news for the end user is that it makes it far easier to locate the latest software release of a project, giving it to you on a plate.

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