Dist::Zilla::TravisCI - Travis CI plugins for your DZIL-based distribution


    release_branch  = build/%b
    release_message = Release build of v%v (on %b)
    allow_dirty = dist.ini
    allow_dirty = README
    allow_dirty = .travis.yml
    push_to = origin
    push_to = origin build/master:build/master


What is Travis CI?

Travis CI is pure awesome! Travis is a free and open source CI platform that hooks directly into GitHub. It's extremely easy to configure, tests on every major 5.10+ Perl version, and will notify you of test results, either through email or IRC. (Yes, a bot will jump into an IRC room, tell you the results, and bounce. How cool is that?!)

If you're not familiar with CI platforms, this is your chance to get your feet wet. CI stands for Continuous Integration. This kind of testing is designed around testing your code every time you commit/push a change. In this case, this is a hook into Git via GitHub to make sure that any change you make is going to pass tests.

Perl is already a "test-heavy" community. What does this add?

This is true. Travis CI has a much more profound use with languages without a deep-seated testing platform like Perl's t/* directory (and its hooks with CPAN).

However, adding Travis CI to your test platform has its benefits:

  • Testing in a plain vanilla environment, which your work environment is most definitely NOT.

  • Testing with Perl 5.10, 5.12, 5.14, 5.16, and beyond, all at the same time.

  • Testing your DZIL environment, which not even CPAN can do.

  • Use Windows or some other non-Linux OS for your work environment? Great. Travis runs on Ubuntu, so you can confirm that it works on Linux. (Eventually, Travis will support other OSs, like Windows, to make this even sweeter!)

  • Minimum Version Dependency Testing

  • Public announcements of test results. If somebody breaks something in master, make sure EVERYBODY knows it!

  • If nothing else, you get many more tests before it even touchs CPAN.

What about the automated CPAN testers?

They're great! But they are also a bit too late in the process. Sure, you can fix what you find after you've found something, but you want some extra insurance that your production release is actually production ready.

Development releases on CPAN also work, but you have no idea what is on those CPAN tester platforms. Does it cover the full gamut of Perl versions, or are they just grabbing the latest? Are they all using the latest module dependencies (which may not be want you want)?

You have more control over your Travis CI platform, so you can set up the environment the way you want it. That's not to say that the massive CPAN tester army isn't a great boon for Perl, but in the fight against bugs, you want every weapon available.

This sounds complicated...

Actually, it's the polar opposite of complicated. This is literally a full guide on how to make it work:

  1. Sign into Travis CI with your GitHub account.

  2. Flip a bit on your distro through the profile page.

  3. Put the TravisYML plugin in your dist.ini.

There's some extra configuration you can do: build branches, MVDT, etc. But, that's the basic setup. Easy!


Travis CI is a completely free service, and they put in a lot of hard work to make it what it is.

Please donate!


  • MVDT - Yes, I actually need to finish MVDT on my own distros.


The project homepage is

The latest version of this module is available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN). Visit to find a CPAN site near you, or see


Internet Relay Chat

You can get live help by using IRC ( Internet Relay Chat ). If you don't know what IRC is, please read this excellent guide: Please be courteous and patient when talking to us, as we might be busy or sleeping! You can join those networks/channels and get help:


    You can connect to the server at '' and talk to this person for help: SineSwiper.

Bugs / Feature Requests

Please report any bugs or feature requests via


Brendan Byrd <>


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  • Kent Fredric <>

  • Peter Roberts <>

  • Randy Stauner <>

  • Torsten Raudssus <>

  • Yasutaka ATARASHI <>

  • ugexe (Nick Logan) <>


This software is Copyright (c) 2015 by Brendan Byrd.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The Artistic License 2.0 (GPL Compatible)