Tags and Releases

What are tags?

Tags are a git function used to make a snapshot of a repository. It is generally used to mark releases (e.g. v1.2.4), and functions like a shortcut to what the repo looked like at the time.

What are releases?

Releases are a feature independent of Git that allows you to attach files and release notes along and share it on Codeberg, linking to a Git tag.

Wait, what is the difference between tags and releases?

They are very similar, the difference being that tags are just the repository frozen in time and are part of git (You can make one using git), releases are tags accompanied with a binary file and are not part of git (You need to go to your Codeberg repository page to add the binary).

Creating tags and releases

If you want to create tags it is recommended to do it using Git. You can also create tags during the release creation process on Codeberg. Releases can only be created from Codeberg.

Tags are generally labelled by version numbers. It is good practice to prefix a version number with a v (e.g. v1.2.3) and to use the Semantic Versioning specification for assigning and incrementing version numbers.

On Git

To create a tag using git, use the following command in your repo folder.

git tag -a <version number here> -m "<my tag name>"

On Codeberg

See the creating a release segment on the citable code article for instructions on creating tags and releases on Codeberg.

Finding and viewing releases in a repository


To view the release, go to the releases tab (1) in the repository. Then locate the release you want to view. As an example, we will be looking at the Added Knut! release (2). If you just want to access the files attached to the release, you can download it from the Downloads dropdown (3). If you want to see a snapshot of the source code at the time of the release, select a source code archive download (4) from the Downloads dropdown or click on the tag on the left side (5).

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