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Automated JIRA release notes

This is my submission to the #ActionsHackathon (opens new window). It is a github action designed to generate release notes based on commit messages.

# My Workflow

My tendency to get tunnel vision when working has often led me to lose track of events happening in my team. The number of projects and repos being large, keeping track of release cycles had me worried.

I built the patrixr/jira-release-notes (opens new window) action with the intent of being notified by email whenever one of our (many) apps got released.

It works as follows:

  • It compares two git refs and reads all the new commits (typically when a pull request is merged)
  • It finds JIRA ticket references in the commit messages (e.g ABC-123)
  • Using jira credentials, it will retrieve the ticket info
  • It will generate release notes in Markdown based on those tickets

The available outputs are:

  • PDF - The action will always generate a pdf file
  • Email - Optional - If provided with a Sendgrid key and recipients, will forward the notes via email

# Submission Category:

  • DIY Deployments

For details, head over to the github repo (opens new window)

You can also find it on the Marketplace (opens new window)

Usage example

name: Forward release notes

    types: [closed]
      - live

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    if: github.event.pull_request.merged == true
    - uses: actions/checkout@v2
    - name: Generate and email notes
      uses: actions/jira-release-notes@v1.0.1
      id: pdf_generator
        head: ${{github.event.pull_request.head.sha}}
        base: ${{github.event.pull_request.base.sha}}
        jira-code: 'ABC'
        jira-username: ${{secrets.jira_username}}
        jira-password: ${{secrets.jira_password}}
        email-to: ','
        sendgrid-api-key: ${{secrets.sendgrid_api_key}}
        app-name: 'My Awesome Service'
        unshallow: true
    - name: Process the pdf
      run: echo "The generated pdf was ${{ steps.pdf_generator.outputs.pdf }}"

# Additional Resources / Info

We have been using this tool within the Goodcity Project (opens new window), a system designed to gather, managed and distribute donations. The project lives under the umbrella of the non-profit Crossroads Foundation (opens new window). Our work is available on github (opens new window).

# Ideas for improvement

  • Multiple email service support
  • Custom Markdown template for email/pdf structure
  • Support for other project management platforms

Feel free to reach out for any issue or suggestions 😃

Happy coding everyone !

Cheers !