Publish a JavaScript Package to NPM Automatically With Github Actions

Maintaining an open-source package can be a time-consuming task

Mar 27 ·4min read

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Maintaining an open-source package can be a time-consuming task. There are issues to be triaged, pull requests to be reviewed, and changelogs to write. Publishing new versions of the code is usually done manually and automating it is often put on the back-burner of the maintainer’s to-do list.

There are a few key features of a rock-solid release process, the changelog , Git tags , NPM versions , and enforcing Semantic Versioning . Keeping all these in sync makes it so users understand changes in a release and understand how to keep up-to-date. Maintainers who fail to perform all of these steps will have a hard time triaging issues, which leads to more time debugging and less time spent coding.

I recently came across a combination of tools, semantic-release and Github Actions , which made the entire release process automated, transparent, and simple to understand.