Is it possible to change a file in wordpress.org repository (using SVN) without incrementing the plugin minor version? Normally, when I change something in my plugin and want to update it in the repository, I need to increment the version and upload the plugin files under /tags folder as a new minor version. This will also send a notification to all plugin users of a new version release.

What should be done in order to make a small change in the existing version without incrementing it and without the notification?


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yes, it's absolutely possible.

When you've done developing your plugin, you set Stable Tag field on trunk/readme.txt to, lets say 1.0.1
This value should match with Version field on your plugin's meta data.

Then, when you publish your plugin, you tag it with, let's say, /tags/1.0.1/

To continue development, change Version field on your plugin's meta data to something else. Increment it would be the better choice. But, you don't need to change your readme.txt. Leave Stable Tag intact, just change it once you are ready to publish it. And follow the previous step.

Note: This information is available on wordpress's page too.

  • Regarding readme.txt stable tag you wrote "just change it once you are ready to publish it". However, I wanted to update a file in the repository (because of a very minor change), without changing the stable tag. Nov 8, 2010 at 12:19
  • Because as I understand, changing the stable tag forces me to increment the version which will cause the plugin users to upgrade the plugin. Isn't it right? Nov 8, 2010 at 12:20
  • if you just want to update some files in trunk, then just update it. Nothing changed in your /tags/versions. But, if you want your user to also update the files, you need to increment the version. Otherwise, only new download get the update. CMIIW here
    – ariefbayu
    Nov 8, 2010 at 13:05
  • Thank you silent. The thing is that I want to update something in the readme.txt file (since it's the first plugin I host in wp repository and still learning how to write a good readme.txt file). So, for a new readme file I don;t want to increment the version. Nov 8, 2010 at 13:51
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    Do you tag your plugin? if so, change readme.txt on that tag. Btw, can I have the name of you plugin?
    – ariefbayu
    Nov 8, 2010 at 21:41

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