Apache Tomcat Release Process


This is written primarily for Apache Tomcat release managers although it may also be of interest to anyone looking to validate and/or replicate the release process. This page uses Tomcat 7 as an example but the same process applies to later versions as well. Note that earlier versions have a slightly different, more complex release process.


Preliminary checks

Create the tag

The aim is to create a copy of the current trunk but without the "-dev" appended to the end of the version number.

I found it simplest to keep this checkout with the modified build.properties.default and just do an svn up prior to each tag. I only used the checkout for tagging to ensure no other edits found their way into the tag.

Build the release




gpg.exec=C:/Program Files (x86)/GNU/GnuPG/gpg2.exe


# Tomcat 7 currently requires both JDK 6 and JDK 7 to build a release
# JAVA_HOME system property used by Ant has to point to JDK 6 and this points to JDK 7
java.7.home=C:/Program Files (x86)/Java/jdk1.7.0_45


Upload the release

Upload the contents of TOMCAT_7_0_XX/output/release to https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/tomcat/tomcat-7/

Generate the Maven artifacts

See https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/tc7.0.x/trunk/res/maven/README.txt steps 1 to 3 (not step 4!)

Call a vote

If the vote passes

If the vote does not pass

ReleaseProcess (last edited 2015-07-06 08:54:25 by VioletaGeorgieva)