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How to subscribe to releases on Github

For a while I’d wished there was an easy way to get notified when my favourite open-source packages release a new version. I’d often see something on social media, but that tended to only be for the larger packages – and I wanted to keep up with the smaller ones too.

When I actually bothered to put five minutes of work into finding out if this was possible, I found it was pretty easy. So, here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the Github repository page for the package you’re interested in.

  2. Click the down arrow next to the ‘Watch’ badge at the top right of the header:

  1. Click ‘Custom’ and then tick ‘Releases’ and click ‘Apply’:

And that’s it! Now you’ll get a notification email when a new release is created on Github. Of course, this relies on the specific project using Github Releases, which not all open-source projects do, but a fairly high proportion of them seem to. After doing this you’ll get an email when there is a new release, with the details of the release and links to see it on Github. An example email for the stac-fastapi repository is below:

Update: Peter in the comments informed me that you can also get an Atom feed for use in your RSS reader by going to{owner}/{repo}/releases.atom. For example, this link for my Py6S package

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  1. Peter Cooper says:

    If you have a feed reader set up at all, you can also use the Atom feeds supplied for each project. For example:

  2. Robin Wilson says:

    Ooh, I didn’t know that – thanks. I’ll add it to the post!

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