- Publishing different packages to the parent project
- Publishing to other projects
- CI workflows for automating packaging
Oftentimes, one project or Git repository may contain multiple different sub-projects or submodules that all get packaged and published individually.
The number and name of packages you can publish to one project is not limited. You can accomplish this by setting up different configuration files for each package. See the documentation for the package manager of your choice since each has its own specific files and instructions to follow to publish a given package.
Here, we take a walk through how to do this with NPM.
Let us say we have a project structure like so:
MyProject/ |- src/ | |- components/ | |- Foo/ |- package.json
MyProject is the parent project, which contains a sub-project
Foo in the
components directory. We would like to publish packages for both
as well as
Following the instructions in the
GitLab NPM registry documentation,
MyProject consists of modifying the
package.json file with a
publishConfig section, as well as either modifying your local NPM configuration with
CLI commands like
npm config set, or saving a
.npmrc file in the root of the
project specifying these configuration settings.
If you follow the instructions you can publish
MyProject by running
npm publish from the root directory.
Foo is almost exactly the same, you simply have to follow the steps
while in the
Foo needs its own
which can be added manually or using
npm init. It also needs its own
configuration settings. Since you are publishing to the same place, if you
npm config set to set the registry for the parent project, then no
additional setup is necessary. If you used a
.npmrc file, you need an
.npmrc file in the
Foo directory (be sure to add
.gitignore file or use environment variables in place of your access
tokens to prevent them from being exposed). It can be identical to the
one you used in
MyProject. You can now run
npm publish from the
directory and you can publish
Foo separately from
A similar process could be followed for Conan packages, instead of dealing with
package.json, you just deal with
multiple locations within the project.
A package is associated with a project on GitLab, but the package does not
need to be associated with the code in that project. Notice when configuring
NPM or Maven, you only use the
Project ID to set the registry URL that the
package is to be uploaded to. If you set this to any project that you have
access to and update any other configuration similarly depending on the package type,
your packages are published to that project. This means you can publish
multiple packages to one project, even if their code does not exist in the same
place. See the project registry workflow documentation
for more details.
CI pipelines open an entire world of possibilities for dealing with the patterns described in the previous sections. A common desire would be to publish specific packages only if changes were made to those directories.
Using the example project above, this
gitlab-ci.yml file publishes
Foo anytime changes are made to the
Foo directory on the
MyPackage anytime changes are made to anywhere except the
directory on the
image: node:latest stages: - build build-foo-package: stage: build variables: PACKAGE: "Foo" script: - cd src/components/Foo - echo "Building $PACKAGE" - npm publish only: refs: - master - merge_requests changes: - "src/components/Foo/**/*" build-my-project-package: stage: build variables: PACKAGE: "MyPackage" script: - echo "Building $PACKAGE" - npm publish only: refs: - master - merge_requests except: changes: - "src/components/Foo/**/*"