Making an nbconvert release

This document guides a contributor through creating a release of nbconvert.

Assign all merged PRs to milestones

Go to GitHub and assign all PRs that have been merged to milestones. This will be helpful when you update the changelog. If you go to this GitHub page you will find all the PRs that currently have no milestones.

Manually categorize tickets

Group the tickets by these general categories (or others if they are relevant). This usually a manual processes to evaluate the changes in each PR.

  1. New Features
  2. Deprecations
  3. Fixing Problems
  4. Testing, Docs, and Builds

Collect major changes

From the tickets write up any major features / changes that deserve a paragraph to describe how they work.

Update docs/source/changelog.rst

Copy these changes with the new version to the top of changelog.rst. Prior release changelogs can be used to pick formatting of the message.

Check installed tools

Review CONTRIBUTING.md, particularly the testing and release sections.

Clean the repository

You can remove all non-tracked files with:

git clean -xfdi

This would ask you for confirmation before removing all untracked files.

Make sure the dist/ folder is clean and avoid stale builds from previous attempts.

Create the release

  1. Update the changelog to account for all the PRs assigned to this milestone.

  2. Update version number in notebook/_version.py.

  3. Commit and tag the release with the current version number:

    git commit -am "release $VERSION"
    git tag $VERSION
    
  4. You are now ready to build the sdist and wheel:

    python setup.py sdist
    python setup.py bdist_wheel
    
  5. You can now test the wheel and the sdist locally before uploading to PyPI. Make sure to use twine to upload the archives over SSL.

    twine upload dist/*
    
  6. The conda-forge bot will automatically add a PR on your behalf to the nbconvert-feedstock repo. You may want to review this PR to ensure conda-forge will be updated cleanly.

Release the new version

Push directly on master, including –tags separately

git push upstream
git push upstream --tags

Return to development state

If all went well, change the notebook/_version.py back adding the
.dev suffix.

Email googlegroup with update letter

Make sure to email jupyter@googlegroups.com with the subject line of “[ANN] NBConvert $VERSION – …” and include at least the significant changes, contributors, and individual PR notes (if not many significant changes).