Release Tags are a great way of managing differing states of your translation. E.g., you can use one tag for production while another for the testing environment. To make things easier, it’s now possible to automate this process with GitHub actions.
We already support automated uploads and downloads with GitHub Actions for some time. For a general dive-in into the basic usage of Localazy's GitHub actions, check out our previous article. Today, we're going to look at how we can take this automation one step further.
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🏷️ What are release tags?
Release tags work pretty much like tags on GitHub, GitLab, or Docker. They allow you to mark the state of your Localazy app, preserving the translations and translation progress at the given time, which is super helpful, for instance, when you use different branches for production, testing, and development.
You can preserve translations for production for as long as you are working on a new release, and only once you publish it, you start using the latest translations as well.
You can read more about Release tags in the documentation.
📚 A comprehensive overview
In the lines below, you'll find a comprehensive overview of everything Localazy's Tag action can do for you. All the options are based on the capabilities of Localazy CLI.
Check out related documentation to read about every option in greater detail.
To run a GH action, you need to create a YAML file in
.github/workflows in your code. Each example represents a single step of a complete custom workflow. You can skip to see the full workflow to see the whole configuration.
The following paragraphs presume you have access to Release tags through an active professional plan and you have integrated Localazy in your code (there are write and read keys in either
This lists all the tags associated with your application.
- name: List tags uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: list: true
This command saves the current state of your app under a given
- name: Publish new-tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: publish: 'new-tag'
Replaces the target tag,
new-tag-2, with the state of the
- name: Promote new-tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: promote_from: 'new-tag' promote_to: 'new-tag-2'
Simply renames the target tag.
- name: Rename new-tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: rename_from: 'new-tag' rename_to: 'renamed-tag'
Merging tags allows you to apply translations from the source tag to the target tag. The result of the operation is stored as the output tag. Several optional parameters alter what kind of changes are applied.
Check out the documentation for a complete overview.
In this example, we merge state of the
new-tag-2 and save the output under a new
merged-tag. On top of that, we added a single parameter
--add-languages which adds any missing language to the target tag if the source tag contains any additional languages.
- name: Merge tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: merge_from: 'renamed-tag' merge_to: 'new-tag-2' merge_output: 'merged-tag' merge_parameters: '--add-languages'
Lastly, this command deletes an existing tag.
- name: Delete renamed-tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: delete: 'renamed-tag'
🗃️ Full workflow
When this workflow successfully finishes, it will leave your app in the same state as before since the config will delete all the newly created tags at the end. Feel free to create a new testing project and try it out.
### .github/workflows/locales.yml on: [push] jobs: release_tags: runs-on: ubuntu-latest name: Complex overview of tags management steps: - uses: actions/checkout@v1 - name: List tags uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: list: true - name: Publish new-tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: publish: 'new-tag' - name: Publish new-tag-2 uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: publish: 'new-tag-2' - name: Promote new-tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: promote_from: 'new-tag' promote_to: 'new-tag-2' - name: Rename new-tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 Q with: rename_from: 'new-tag' rename_to: 'renamed-tag' - name: Merge tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: merge_from: 'renamed-tag' merge_to: 'new-tag-2' merge_output: 'merged-tag' merge_parameters: '--add-languages' - name: Delete renamed-tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: delete: 'renamed-tag' - name: Delete merged-tag uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: delete: 'merged-tag' - name: Delete new-tag-2 uses: localazy/tag@v1 with: delete: 'new-tag-2'
✔️ Closing words
This was a comprehensive overview of what you can do with Github actions and Localazy's Release Tags. You may checkout the sample repo for reference. Happy coding!