git-feature - Create a feature branch from the "current release"


This documentation refers to git-feature version 1.1.9


   git-feature [option] branch-name
   git-feature [option] [--jira|-j] JIRAID

  branch-name       The name of the new branch to create from the current release branch/tag

  -j --jira[=]JIRAID
                    Find the summary for JIRA item JIRAID and make it the
                    branch name for the feature.
  -u --url[=]URL    Use URL as the JIRA instance for looking up summaries.
  -U --user[=]str   JIRA user name to use when querying JIRA
  -P --password[=]str
                    JIRA password for --user
  -t --tag[=]str    Specify a tag that any branch with newer commits must contain
  -b --branch[=]str Similarly a branch that other branches with newer commits must
                    contain (Default origin/master)
  -l --local        Shorthand for --branch '^master$'
  -p --push         Push the new brach upstream
     --no-fetch     Don't fetch before trying to find the remote branch
  -n --new-pom      Set the pom.xml version to the next available version
  -x --pom[=]dir/pom.xml
                    The location of the master pom.xml if it isn't in the
                    current directory.
  -t --test         Test, don't actually run
  -v --verbose      Show more details
     --version      Prints the version information
     --help         Prints this help information
     --man          Prints the full documentation for git-feature


The git feature command allows a simplified way to create and switch to feature branches using whatever you define as the current release.

By default current release is defined as the origin/master branch that can be changed either on the command line using the --tag or --branch arguments or by setting the git config. Example of commonly used alternatives include using release version tags where you might use something like --tag ^v\d+[.]\d+' to match tags like v0.1 or v1.0 etc. Other examples include different branches containing release versions of code.

The branch origin/master is used over master to save you from having to switch to master and pull any new changes. A git fetch is called by default before branching to further ensure the latest version of code is available.


run ()

Executes the git workflow command

jira ()

Create a branch name from the JIRA summary



Defaults for this script can be set through git config  Sets how a prod release is determined
                eg the default equivalent is branch=^origin/master$
 workflow.pom   The default location for the pom.xml file (used by C<--new-pom>
                when updating pom.xml for the new branch)
                Can set default value of C<--local>
 jira.url       Specifies the URL for the JIRA instance being used

You can set these values either by editing the repository local .git/config file or ~/.gitconfig or use the git config command

 # eg Setting the global value
    git config --global 'branch=^origin/master$'

 # or set a repository's local value
    git config 'tag=^release_\d{4}_\d{2}\d{2}$'

 # or setting pom.xml location to a sub directory
    git config workflow.pom 'somedir/pom.xml'




There are no known bugs in this module.

Please report problems to Ivan Wills (

Patches are welcome.


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