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Dist::Zilla::Plugin::NextRelease - update the next release number in your changelog


version 6.017


In your dist.ini:


In your Changes file:



Tired of having to update your Changes file by hand with the new version and release date / time each time you release your distribution? Well, this plugin is for you.

Add this plugin to your dist.ini, and the following to your Changes file:


The NextRelease plugin will then do 2 things:

  • At build time, this special marker will be replaced with the version and the build date, to form a standard changelog header. This will be done to the in-memory file - the original Changes file won't be updated.

  • After release (when running dzil release), since the version and build date are now part of your dist's history, the real Changes file (not the in-memory one) will be updated with this piece of information.

The module accepts the following options in its dist.ini section:


the name of your changelog file; defaults to Changes


the file to which to write an updated changelog to; defaults to the filename


sprintf-like string used to compute the next value of {{$NEXT}}; defaults to %-9v %{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ssZZZZZ VVVV}d%{ (TRIAL RELEASE)}T


the timezone to use when generating the date; defaults to local


the name of the stash where the user's name and email address can be found; defaults to %User

The module allows the following sprintf-like format codes in the format:


The distribution version


Expands to -TRIAL (or any other supplied string) if this is a trial release, or the empty string if not. A bare %T means %{-TRIAL}T.


Equivalent to %v%{-TRIAL}T, to allow for the application of modifiers such as space padding to the entire version string produced.

%{CLDR format}d

The date of the release. You can use any CLDR format supported by DateTime. You must specify the format; there is no default.


The name of the user making this release (from user_stash).


The email address of the user making this release (from user_stash).


The CPAN (PAUSE) id of the user making this release (from -Releaser plugins; see [UploadToCPAN]).


A newline


A tab


Core Dist::Zilla plugins: AutoVersion, PkgVersion, PodVersion.

Dist::Zilla roles: AfterRelease, FileMunger, TextTemplate.


Ricardo SIGNES 😏 <rjbs@cpan.org>


This software is copyright (c) 2020 by Ricardo SIGNES.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.