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Publishing Binaries & Executables
Publishing executable binaries is super easy with Valist. Learn how to use publish with the web dashboard, CLI, or GitHub Action!
Publishing executable binaries is super easy with Valist!
Note: currently, only statically linked binaries are supported, since Valist does not have a built-in dependency manager yet.

How native app publishing in Valist works

While standard releases are usually a simple folder upload, in order to get Valist to interpret the platform you are building for, you will need to tell it how to describe your Release.
This is accomplished by:
  • Setting your Project Type to native or cli in your Project Settings. This will signal to the Web Dashboard and other tooling to display a different upload form fit for your use-case.
  • Specifying which binaries belong to their designated platforms during the Release. This can be done from the simple Web Dashboard upload form by clicking the correct platform, or by configuring the install field if using the CLI or GitHub Action
Each Release includes metadata that maps the platform/architecture to the corresponding binary.
The following platform/architecture combinations are supported:
  • darwin_amd64
  • darwin_arm64
  • linux_amd64
  • linux_arm64
  • windows_amd64

Step 1: Setting your Project Type to "native" or "cli"

First, you will need to set your Project Type to native or cli to tell the rest of the Valist tooling to treat this project as a native, non-web application.
Note: the cli type is essentially the same as native, but exists to specify whether or not the native app has a GUI.
Navigate to your Project Settings, and in the Project Details section, set the Project Type to either native or cli:
Awesome! Now, any Releases moving forward will show a different upload form with specific binaries available. Each Release is independently configured, so you can rest assured knowing that changing this later will not break old Releases. This is simply a hint to the tooling to treat upcoming Releases as a certain type.

Step 2: Publishing a native Release

Web Dashboard
CLI
GitHub Action
Navigate to your project, then click the New Release button.
The form will ask you for a Release Name, a Display Name, and Description. You can also add an image to the release.
The name field works the same way as the account and project names -- it is an immutable tag that represents the version of the release, and is accessible at the account/project/release path once published.
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Next, you will see a list of file upload buttons corresponding to the supported platform/architecture combinations. Choose one or more of your binaries for the right platform, and click Create.
This will fire off a transaction, and successfully publish your release!
Congratulations, you've now published your binaries in a web3-native way! ๐Ÿš€ Time to pat yourself on the back and share your work with the world!
Note: First, you'll need to install and setup your Valist CLI by configuring the key it uses to publish. If you haven't done this yet, visit the CLI quick start (it will take less than 5 min):

Step 2a: Creating a valist.yml file

Once you've installed and configured your key, you will need to create a valist.yml file:
valist.yml
account: acme-co
project: multi-platform
release: 0.1.5 # update this for every release
path: dist
install:
name: hello-go
darwin_amd64: hello-darwin-amd64
darwin_arm64: hello-darwin-arm64
linux_amd64: hello-linux-amd64
windows_amd64: hello-windows-amd64
  • Simply replace the account with your Valist Account name
  • Replace the project with your Valist Project name
  • Replace the release with the immutable version/tag you wish to use.
    • The release field works the same way as the account and project names -- it is an immutable tag that represents the version of the release, and is accessible at the account/project/release path once published.
  • The path field indicates the folder to upload. All of the files within will be uploaded, so make sure no private information is included!
  • The install field acts as a map between the platform/architecture and the designated binary. The name field is the name of the binary will be given post-installation.
You can map each supported platform within the install field by specifying the platform/architecture along with the path to the binary from within your release directory.
In this example, the darwin_amd64 version of the hello-go binary will be uploaded from the dist/hello-darwin-amd64 path:
path: dist
install:
name: hello-go
darwin_amd64: hello-darwin-amd64
The following platform/architecture combinations are supported:
  • darwin_amd64
  • darwin_arm64
  • linux_amd64
  • linux_arm64
  • windows_amd64

Step 3: Publishing the Release!

Once you've configured the release, simply run the following command:
valist publish
Boom! ๐Ÿš€ You're all finished! You should see a successful release prompt like the following:
A successful Valist Release
You can now access this from anywhere in the Valist ecosystem, and from IPFS directly!
Congratulations, you've now published your binaries in a web3-native way! ๐Ÿš€ Time to pat yourself on the back and share your work with the world!
Note: For more information about how the GitHub Action works, visit the following page. If you're familiar with the CLI, configuring the GitHub Action is very similar:

Step 2a: Creating the valist.yml workflow file

First, you'll need to create a valist.yml file inside of the .github/workflows folder in your project.
Alternatively, you can add only the necessary Valist GitHub Action code to your existing workflow files.
An example workflow file for a multi-platform build looks like the following:
name: Valist Publish
on:
push:
branches:
- main
jobs:
valist-publish:
runs-on: ubuntu-latest
steps:
- name: Checkout
uses: actions/[email protected]
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- name: Setup Go
uses: actions/setup-[email protected]
with:
go-version: '^1.13.1'
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- name: Build multi-platform Go binary
run: |
cd multi-platform-project
make
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- run: echo "TIMESTAMP=$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M)" >> $GITHUB_ENV
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- name: Valist Publish
uses: valist-io/valist-github-[email protected]
with:
private-key: ${{ secrets.VALIST_SIGNER }}
account: acme-co
project: multi-platform
release: github-action-${{ env.TIMESTAMP }}
path: multi-platform-project/dist
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# configures installer support for mac, linux, and windows
install-name: hello-go
install-darwin-amd64: hello-darwin-amd64
install-darwin-arm64: hello-darwin-arm64
install-linux-amd64: hello-linux-amd64
install-windows-amd64: hello-windows-amd64
In this example, the following fields are configured:
  • The private-key uses a GitHub repository secret, containing a key that has access to the Valist Project.
  • The account is the Valist Account name.
  • The project is the Valist Project name.
  • The release field works the same way as the account and project names -- it is an immutable tag that represents the version of the release, and is accessible at the account/project/release path once published.
  • The path field indicates the folder to upload. All of the files within will be uploaded, so make sure no private information is included!
The install-* fields act as a map between the platform/architecture and the designated binary. The install-name field is the name of the binary will be given post-installation.
This will map each binary to its designated platform, enabling the Valist tooling to install the correct version on the correct platforms.
In this example, the darwin_amd64 version of the hello-go binary will be uploaded from the multi-platform-project/dist/hello-darwin-amd64 path:
path: multi-platform-project/dist
install-name: hello-go
install-darwin-amd64: hello-darwin-amd64
The following platform/architecture combinations are supported:
  • install-darwin-amd64
  • install-darwin-arm64
  • install-linux-amd64
  • install-linux-arm64
  • install-windows-amd64
Once you've configured the release, the Valist GitHub Action will publish the binaries, and configure the platforms as specified! ๐Ÿš€
A successful workflow run will look something like this:
A live example can be found here:
example-projects/multi-platform.yml at main ยท valist-io/example-projects
GitHub
Multi-platform Go binary publish via the Valist GitHub Action
Valist
Valist Multi-platform project
Congratulations, you've now published your binaries in a web3-native way! ๐Ÿš€ Time to pat yourself on the back and share your work with the world!
An example multi-platform project can be found here:
example-projects/multi-platform-project at main ยท valist-io/example-projects
GitHub
Multi-platform Go project
This contains both a CLI example, as well as a GitHub Action workflow example!
Want to add your example to these docs? Please feel free to open a PR or contact us at [email protected] ๐Ÿ˜„
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How native app publishing in Valist works
Step 1: Setting your Project Type to "native" or "cli"
Step 2: Publishing a native Release