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Releases & builds

Builds of NocoDB

There are 3 kinds of docker builds in NocoDB

Below is an overview of how to make these builds and what happens behind the scenes.

Release builds

How to make a release build ?

  • Click NocoDB release action

  • You should see the below screen


  • Change Use workflow from to Branch: master. If you choose the wrong branch, the workflow will be ended.


  • Then there would be two cases - you can either leave target tag and pervious tag blank or manually input some values

  • Target Tag means the target deployment version, while Previous Tag means the latest version as of now. Previous Tag is used for Release Note only - showing the file / commit differences between two tags.


The naming convention would be following given the actual release tag is 0.100.0

  • 0.100.0-beta.0 (first version of pre-release)
  • 0.100.0-beta.1 (include bug fix changes on top of the previous version)
  • 0.100.0-beta.2(include bug fix changes on top of the previous version)
  • and so on ...
  • 0.100.0 (actual release)
  • 0.100.1 (minor bug fix release)
  • 0.100.2 (minor bug fix release)

Case 1: Leaving inputs blank

  • If Previous Tag is blank, then the value will be fetched from latest
  • If Target Tag is blank, then the value will be Previous Tag plus one. Example: 0.90.11 (Previous Tag) + 0.0.1 = 0.90.12 (Target Tag)

Case 2: Manually Input

Why? Sometimes we may mess up in NPM deployment. As NPM doesn't allow us to redeploy to the same tag again, in this case we cannot just use the previous tag + 1. Therefore, we need to use previous tag + 2 instead and we manually configure it.

  • After that, click Run workflow to start
  • You can see Summary for the overall job status.
  • Once release-draft-note and release-executables is finished, then go to releases, edit the draft note and save as draft for time being.
    • Example: Adding header, update content if necessary, and click Auto-generate release notes to include more info.
  • Once release-docker is finished, then test it locally first. You'll be expected to see Upgrade Available notification in UI as we haven't published the release note. (the version is retrieved from there)
  • Once everything is finished, then publish the release note and the deployment is considered as DONE.

How does release action work ?


To check if github.ref is master. Otherwise, other branches will be not accepted.


To enrich target tag or previous tag if necessary.


Automate a PR from develop to master branch so that we know the actual differences between the previous tag and the current tag. We choose master branch for a deployment base.


Build frontend and backend and release them to NPM. The changes during built such as version bumping will be committed and pushed to a temporary branch and an automated PR will be created and merged to master branch.

Note that once you publish with a certain tag, you cannot publish with the same tag again.


Generate a draft release note. Some actions need to be done after this step.


Build docker image and publish it to Docker Hub. It may take around 15 - 30 mins.


Open issues marked with label Status: Fixed and Status: Resolved will be closed by bot automatically with comment mentioning the fix is included in which version.




Publish Documentations


nocodb-sdk is used in frontend and backend. However, in develop branch, the value would be file:../nocodb-sdk for development purpose (so that the changes done in nocodb-sdk in develop will be included in frontend and backend). During the deployment, the value will be changed to the target tag. This job is to update them back.


Once the deployment is finished, there would be some new changes being pushed to master branch. This job is to sync the changes back to develop so that both branch won't have any difference.

Daily builds

What are daily builds ?

  • NocoDB creates every 6 hours from develop branches and publishes as nocodb/nocodb-daily
  • This is so that we can easily try what is in the develop branch easily.

Docker images

  • The docker images will be built and pushed to Docker Hub (See nocodb/nocodb-daily for the full list).

Timely builds

What are timely builds ?

NocoDB has github actions which creates docker and binaries for each PR! And these can be found as a comment on the last commit of the PR.

Example shown below

  • Go to a PR and click on the comment.
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  • Click on the link to copy the docker image and run it locally.
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This is to

  • reduce pull request cycle time
  • allow issue reporters / reviewers to verify the fix without setting up their local machines

Docker images

When a non-draft Pull Request is created, reopened or synchronized, a timely build for Docker would be triggered for the changes only included in the following paths.

  • packages/nocodb-sdk/**
  • packages/nc-gui/**
  • packages/nc-plugin/**
  • packages/nocodb/**

The docker images will be built and pushed to Docker Hub (See nocodb/nocodb-timely for the full list). Once the image is ready, GitHub bot will add a comment with the command in the pull request. The tag would be <NOCODB_CURRENT_VERSION>-pr-<PR_NUMBER>-<YYYYMMDD>-<HHMM>.


Executables or Binaries

Similarly, we provide a timely build for executables for non-docker users. The source code will be built, packaged as binary files, and pushed to GitHub (See nocodb/nocodb-timely for the full list).

Currently, we only support the following targets:

  • node16-linux-arm64
  • node16-macos-arm64
  • node16-win-arm64
  • node16-linux-x64
  • node16-macos-x64
  • node16-win-x64

Once the executables are ready, GitHub bot will add a comment with the commands in the pull request.


NocoDB creates Docker and Binaries for each PR.

This is to

  • reduce pull request cycle time
  • allow issue reporters / reviewers to verify the fix without setting up their local machines