Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Run - Run external commands and code at specific phases of Dist::Zilla


version 0.049


  run = script/ --dir %d --version %v
  run = script/
  eval = unlink scratch.dat

  fatal_errors = 0
  run = script/ --version %v
  run = script/
  eval = if ($ENV{SOMETHING}) {
  eval =   $_[0]->log('some message')
  eval = }

  run = script/ %d %v
  run = script/ %n %v
  run_no_trial = script/ %n %v

  run = script/ %a
  run = script/ %n %v
  run_no_trial = script/ %n %v

  run = script/ %a
  run = --dir %d --tgz %a --name %n --version %v
  run_no_trial = script/ --dir %d --tgz %a --name %n --version %v

  run = script/ --archive %a --dir %d --version %v
  ; %p can be used as the path separator if you have contributors on a different OS
  run = --archive %a --dir %d --version %v

  [Run::AfterRelease / MyAppAfter]
  run = script/ --archive %a --dir %d --version %v

  run = script/ --name %n --version %v some_file.ext
  run_if_release = ./Build install
  run_if_release = make install

  run = some command %d
  eval = unlink scratch.dat
  eval = print "I just minted %n for you. Have a nice day!\n";


Run arbitrary commands and code at various Dist::Zilla phases.



Run the specific command at the specific Dist::Zilla phase given by the plugin. For example, [Run::Release] runs during the release phase.


Only run the given command if this is a trial build or release.


Only run the given command if this isn't a trial build or release.


Only run the given command if this is a release.


Only run a given command if this isn't a release.


Treats the input as a list of lines of Perl code; the code is evaluated at the specific Dist::Zilla phase given by the plugin. The code is executed in its own eval scope, within a subroutine body; @_ contains the instance of the plugin executing the code. (Remember that shift in an eval actually operates on @ARGV, not @_, so to access the plugin instance, use $_[0].)


Normally, run* commands are included in distribution metadata when used with the [MetaConfig] plugin. To bypass this, set censor_commands = 1. Additionally, this command is set to true automatically when a URL with embedded password is present.

Defaults to false.


When true, if the run command returns a non-zero exit status or the eval command dies, the build will fail. Defaults to true.


When true, diagnostic messages are not printed (except in --verbose mode).

Defaults to false.


All commands for a given option name are executed together, in the order in which they are documented above. Within commands of the same option name, order is preserved (from the order provided in dist.ini).


For executed commands, "open3" in IPC::Open3 is used -- there is no subshell. Consequently environment variables may or may not be available depending on the individual architecture used. For Perl strings that are evaluated, they are done in the dzil process, so all current global variables and other state is available for use.

The current working directory is undefined, and may vary depending on the version of Dist::Zilla being used. If the state of the filesystem is important, explicitly change directories first, or base your relative paths off of the build root (available as %d, see below).


The following conversions/format specifiers are defined for passing as arguments to the specified commands and eval strings (though not all values are available at all phases).

  • %a the archive of the release (only available to all *Release phases), as documented to be passed to BeforeRelease, Release, AfterRelease plugins

  • %o the directory in which the distribution source originated

  • %d the directory in which the distribution was built (or minted) (not available in BeforeBuild)

  • %n the distribution name

  • %p path separator ('/' on Unix, '\\' on Win32... useful for cross-platform dist.ini files)

  • %v the distribution version, if available (depending on the phase, the VersionProvider plugin may not be able to return a version)

  • %t -TRIAL if the release is a trial release, otherwise the empty string

  • %x full path to the current perl interpreter (like $^X but from Config)

Additionally %s is retained for backward compatibility (for those plugins that existed when it was documented). Each occurrence is replaced by a different value (like the regular sprintf function). Individual plugins define their own values for the positional replacement of %s.

NOTE: when using filenames (e.g. %d, %n and %x), be mindful that these paths could contain special characters or whitespace, so if they are to be used in a shell command, take care to use quotes or escapes!


The very nature of these plugins is to execute code. Be mindful that your code may run on someone else's machine and don't be a jerk!


Bugs may be submitted through the RT bug tracker (or

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There is also an irc channel available for users of this distribution, at #distzilla on


Torsten Raudssus <>


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This software is copyright (c) 2010 by Raudssus Social Software.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.