Release Manager for semantic version releases of composer packages and projects.

0.5.6 2014-03-22 20:00 UTC


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Release Manager is a PHP command line tool to help you keeping track of release versions.

  • It uses your composer file to store and retrieve information.
  • It enforces [semantic versions] (
  • Works closely together with git flow.


This is a fork of Liip's Relase Management Tool RMT. Kudos to the original authors for this tool.

Use with git-flow

./RMT release
./RMT finish

or to hotfix (patch-bump version based on master branch)

./RMT hotfix 
./RMT finish


In order to use RMT your project should use Composer as RMT will be installed as a dev-dependency. Just go on your project root directory and execute:

php composer.phar require --dev bonndan/release-manager 0.5.*         # lastest stable
# or
php composer.phar require --dev bonndan/release-manager dev-develop    # lastest unstable

Then you must initialize RMT by running the following command:

php vendor/bonndan/release-manager/command.php init

This command will create for you a extra/rmt section in your composer.json. You should adapt the configuration to your needs. A good example is the [composer file of this project] (

From that point on you can start using it, just execute it:


Usage with manual workflow

Using RMT is very straightforward, you just have to run the command:

./RMT release

RMT will then do the following tasks:

  • Execute the prerequisites checks
  • Ask the user to answers potentials questions
  • Generate a new version number
  • Execute the pre-release actions
  • Persist the new version number
  • Execute the post-release actions


Additional commands

The release command is the main behavior of the tool, but some extra commands are available:

  • current will show your project current version number
  • changes will show the last which would be part of the next release
  • init create a config section in your composer.json file


All RMT configuration have to be done in the composer.json. You can optionally define a list of actions that will be executed and before or after the release of a new version and where you want to store the version (in a changelog file, as a VCS tag, etc…). The file is divided in 5 root elements:

  • vcs: The type of VCS you are using, can be git, svn or none
  • prerequisites: A list [] of prerequisites that must be matched before starting the release process
  • preReleaseActions: A list [] of actions that will be executed before the release process
  • versionPersister: The persister to use to store the versions
  • postReleaseActions: A list [] of actions that will be executed after the release

All the entries of this config are working the same way: You have to specify the class you want to handle the action or provide an abbrevation for classes provided by Release Manager.:

Semantic Version Generator

Release Manager only allows semantic versions without prefixes. See (Semantic versioning)[]. The release version can be increased by:

  • major
  • minor
  • patch
  • build number

Version persister

Class is charged of saving/retrieving the version number

  • composer: uses the version from the composer file (default and recommended)
  • vcs-tag: Save the version as a VCS tag
  • changelog: Save the version in the changelog file

Prerequisite actions

Prerequisite actions are executed before the interactive part.

  • working-copy-check: Check that you don't have any VCS local changes before release
  • display-last-changes: display your last changes before release


Actions can be used for pre or post release parts.

  • execute: Execute any script via system() call. Return values greather than zero cause exceptions to be thrown.
  • changelog-update: Update a changelog file
  • vcs-commit: Process a VCS commit
  • vcs-tag: Tag the last commit
  • vcs-publish: Publish the changes (commit and tags)
  • composer-update: Update the version number in a composer file

Configuration examples

Most of the time, it will be easier for you to pick up and example bellow and to adapt it to your needs.

The configuration for Release Manager explained

    "rmt": {
         "vcs": "git",
         "prerequisites": [
         "preReleaseActions": [
               "name": "execute",
               "script": "phpunit test"
               "name": "version-stamp",
               "const": "RMT_VERSION"
               "name": "changelog-update"
               "name": "changelog-render"
         "postReleaseActions": [
  • Git is the version control system
  • Before releasing it is checked that the working copy is clean and the last changes are displayed.
  • The version stamp (autogenerated php file) and the changelog are updated with the new version.
  • PHPUnit (generic call) is executed and stops releasing if it fails.
  • Not configured here: The composer version persister updates the composer.json file.
  • After the release all changes are committed.

Pushing automatically

    /* ... */
    "postReleaseActions": [

No VCS, changelog updater only

    "versionPersister": "changelog"


If you would like to help, to submit one of your action script or just to report a bug: just go on the project page:


PHP 5.3 Composer


  • Laurent Prodon Liip AG
  • David Jeanmonod Liip AG
  • Daniel Pozzi


RMT is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details