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See https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/tc7.0.x/trunk/res/maven/README.txt See https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/tc7.0.x/trunk/res/maven/README.txt steps 1 to 3 (not step 4!)
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E.g. http://markmail.org/message/gvmbwocspnwb2dfe  * E.g. http://markmail.org/message/gvmbwocspnwb2dfe
 * Increment the version number ready for the next tag (e.g. http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?view=revision&revision=1500094)
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 * Release the Maven artifacts (https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/tc7.0.x/trunk/res/maven/README.txt step 4)
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 * Update the release date in the changelog to the date the files were copied to the the release area in yyyy-dd-mm format
 * Add the version number in Bugzilla

== If the vote does not pass ==

 * Update the release date in the changelog to "not released"

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.


  • A subversion client installed and on your path
  • Apache Ant installed and on your path (see BUILDING.txt in the root of the svn repo for version requirements)
  • The latest release of the minimum Java version that the Tomcat version runs on installed and on your path
  • Windows OS (you can do it on Linux but it involves a lot more hassle)
  • GnuPG installed
  • A public key that is part of the Apache web of trust
  • A reasonable internet connection (you will need to upload ~100MB)

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.

  • Perform an svn checkout of tc7.0.x/trunk (e.g. to 7.0.x-release)
  • Edit 7.0.x-release/build.properties and change the line version.suffix=-dev to version.suffix=

  • svn cp . https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/tc7.0.x/tags/TOMCAT_7_0_XX

  • Check the diff mailed to the dev list

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

  • svn export https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/tc7.0.x/tags/TOMCAT_7_0_XX TOMCAT_7_0_XX

  • Add a build.properties file with the following configuration (adjust paths for your environment)




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

  • ant release


  • GPG should be configured to use your Apache code signing key by default
  • I always ensured c:/temp/libs was empty so that the buildhad to download all the dependencies

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

  • Update the release date in the changelog to "not released"

ReleaseProcess (last edited 2014-07-27 13:51:51 by VioletaGeorgieva)