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Release Process

ESO and the ESO Helm Chart have two distinct lifecycles and can be released independently. Helm Chart releases are named external-secrets-x.y.z.

The external-secrets project is released on a as-needed basis. Feel free to open a issue to request a release.

Release ESO

  1. Run Create Release Action to create a new release, pass in the desired version number to release.
  2. GitHub Release, Changelog will be created by the release.yml workflow which also promotes the container image.
  3. update Helm Chart, see below
  4. update OLM bundle, see helm-operator docs
  5. Announce the new release in the #external-secrets Kubernetes Slack

Release Helm Chart

  1. Update version and/or appVersion in Chart.yaml
  2. push and merge PR
  3. CI picks up the new chart version and creates a new GitHub Release for it

Release OLM Bundle

In order to make the latest release available to we need to create a bundle and open a PR in the community-operators repository.

To create a bundle first increment the VERSION in the Makefile as described above. Then run the following commands in the root of the repository:

# clone repo
git clone
cd external-secrets-helm-operator

# bump version
export VERSION=x.y.z
sed -i "s/^VERSION ?= .*/VERSION ?= ${VERSION}/" Makefile

# prep release
make prepare-stable-release

Check the generated files in the bundle/ directory. If they look good add & commit them, open a PR against this repository. You can always use the page to preview the generated CSV.

git status
git add .
git commit -s -m "chore: bump version xyz"
git push

Once the PR is merged we need create a pull request against both community-operators repositories. There's a make target that does the heavy lifting for you:

make bundle-operatorhub

This command will add/commit/push and open pull requests in the respective repositories.