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About releases

You can create a release to package software, along with release notes and links to binary files, for other people to use.

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About releases

An overview of releases

Releases are deployable software iterations you can package and make available for a wider audience to download and use.

Releases are based on Git tags, which mark a specific point in your repository's history. A tag date may be different than a release date since they can be created at different times. For more information about viewing your existing tags, see "Viewing your repository's releases and tags."

You can receive notifications when new releases are published in a repository without receiving notifications about other updates to the repository. For more information, see "Watching and unwatching releases for a repository."

Anyone with read access to a repository can view and compare releases, but only people with write permissions to a repository can manage releases. For more information, see "Managing releases in a repository."

You can also use the Releases API to gather information, such as the number of times people download a release asset. For more information, see "Releases" in the GitHub Developer documentation.

Storage and bandwidth quotas

Each file included in a release must be under 2 GB. There is no limit on the total size of a release, nor bandwidth usage.

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