Release Process Workflow

Release a new version of Elgg.

This is the process the core team follows for making a new Elgg release. We have published this information in the spirit of openness, and to streamline onboarding of new team members.


1. First new stable minor/major release

Make sure to update the Support policy document to include the new minor/major release date and fill in the blanks for the previous release.

2. Prepare and tag the release

Make sure your local git clone is up to date!

Merge latest commits up from lowest supported branch. Visit and submit the PR if there is anything that needs to be merged up.

Install the prerequisites:

npm install elgg-conventional-changelog
easy_install sphinx
easy_install transifex-client

Run the release.php script. For example, to release 1.9.1:

git checkout 1.9
php .scripts/release.php 1.9.1

This creates a release-1.9.1 branch in your local repo.

Next, submit a PR via Github:

git push your-remote-fork release-1.9.1

Once approved and merged, tag the release:

git checkout release-${version}
git tag -a ${version}
git push origin ${release}
Update Milestones on Github
  • Mark release milestones as completed
  • Move unresolved tickets in released milestones to later milestones

3. Update the website

The downloads need to point to the new releases.

Build Package

Run without arguments to see usage. This also generates the ChangeLog.txt file.


./ 1.8.5 1.8.5 /var/www/


./ 1.8.5 1.8.5-mit /var/www/

Update homepage, download, and previous download pages

  • Clone

  • Make changes, commit, push.

    • index.php
    • download.php
    • previous.php
  • Pull to live site

    cd /var/www/ && sudo su deploy && git pull
  • flush apc cache (via community admin panel)

4. Make the announcement

This should be the very last thing you do.