Release Checklist

Preparing the release

  • [ ] Make sure cardano-wallet points to correct revisions of dependent low-level libs (verify on target repositories if stack.yaml points to appopriate revisions for persistent, cardano-addresses…). Also verify that the stack resolver corresponds to the cardano-node version.

  • [ ] Fetch the tip of master:

$ git checkout master
$ git pull
  • [ ] Create a new branch for the release:

$ git checkout -b your-name/bump-release/YYYY-MM-DD
  • [ ] Edit the release parameters section in ./scripts/ To bump from 2020.3.16 to 2020.4.1 they will look like:

 # Release-specific parameters (Change when you bump the version)



:warning: We use a slightly different notation between .cabal and git tags! Git tags follows the following format: vYYYY-MM-DD (notice the v and hyphens) whereas cabal version are written as: YYYY.MM.DD.

  • [ ] In the from the root of the repository, run:

$ ./scripts/

This will bump the version in .cabal and .nix files and generate release notes. If you have none yet, you can create a personal access token in your Github Settings. No scope is required for this token, only public access (as it is simply used to read publicly available data from the Github API).

  • [ ] Open a pull request to submit the modified files. Get it merged.

  • [ ] Trigger a release build on CI (Travis) and wait for the build artifacts to be published on github

    $ git push origin refs/tags/vYYYY-MM-DD

    Where YYYY-MM-DD should be replaced by the actual date of the release.

Create the release notes

  • [ ] Verify all PRs since the last release have a corresponding milestone (hint: we can filter PR by merge date on github using merged:>yyyy-mm-dd filter and find bare PRs with the no:milestone filter).

  • [ ] Write release notes in the release page using the previously generated release notes. Fill in the empty sections.

Verify release artifacts

Manual ad-hoc verifications

  • [ ] Execute all manual scenarios on the binaries to be released.

  • [ ] Verify that sensitive fields listed in Cardano/Wallet/Api/Server are still accurate and aren’t missing any new ones.

    sensitive =
        [ "passphrase"
        , "old_passphrase"
        , "new_passphrase"
        , "mnemonic_sentence"
        , "mnemonic_second_factor"
  • [ ] Verify latest buildkite nightly and make sure the results are fine. Benchmark charts may be helpful in analysis.

  • [ ] Manually run the disabled LAUNCH tests in:

  • [ ] run all integration test for jormungandr:

    stack test cardano-wallet-jormungandr:jormungandr-integration

    This is done as part of the buildkite nightly pipeline. Click on the Rebuild master branch step and check that it has succeeded.


  • [ ] Once everyone has signed off (i.e. Tech lead, QA & Release manager), publish the release draft.

  • [ ] Update the “Compatibility Matrix” in the (keep info about last 3 versions of cardano-wallet).

  • [ ] Add the release to the automated migration tests (keep only the last 3 versions).