Maven plugin to help creating CHANGELOG by keeping one format and solving merge request conflicts problem by extraction of new CHANGELOG entries to seperate files.


keep-changelog-maven-plugin is one of the most important files in a repository. It allows others to find out about the most important changes in the project in short time. To achieve this, should be created be in accordance with the rules, however there is no one standard agreed by community.

Another big problem with is a problem with merge conflicts. Probably you, as a developer also encounter it, when someone merged changes to before you.

To solve these problems, this maven plugin was created. It allows to keep a changelog style and reduce merge request conflicts by keeping every change in a separate YAML file and generate during release.

This plugin is also helpful to create reliable release notes during your release process.


The convention is maintained according to the principles set out in the Keep a Changelog and with some additions as a result from experience in developing various types of projects.

The same problem with merge conflicts with was described by GitLab. LINK


The example project with this plugin usage you can find in example directory.



Add a plugin to your pom.xml. For multi-module projects with one add it in main pom.xml.


[in-progress] Use this command from your terminal to create important directories and empty

mvn keep-changelog:init

If you already had a file you can move it to changelog/ file. The name of the archive file have to start from archive phrase (f.e.

After using init command or just creating changelog/unreleased directory your project is ready, and you can start adding new changelog entries by creating YAML files.

IMPORTANT: If you develop on two main branches like f.e 1.1.X and 1.2.X do not merge 1.1.X branch to 1.2.X before release otherwise YAML files will merge in one big version. In future there is a plan to support unreleased* directories names like unreleased-1.1

Adding new change


YAML format



TODO structure overview


Versions summaries


Releasing the version





  • add command to create from selected directory
  • add tests
  • add javadocs
  • support unreleased* directories names like unreleased-1.1
  • Implementing empty changelog

    Implementing empty changelog

    -empty can be created in main directory

    • .gitkeep file can be created in ./changelog/unreleased/
    opened by Glukasze 1
  • Move javadoc plugin to ci-cd profile

    Move javadoc plugin to ci-cd profile

                        <scmCommentPrefix>[ci skip]</scmCommentPrefix>

    Move this section to ci-cd profile

    opened by marwin1991 1
  • Update maven-release.yml

    Update maven-release.yml

    opened by marwin1991 0
  • Release


    opened by marwin1991 0
  • Changes by create-pull-request action

    Changes by create-pull-request action

    opened by github-actions[bot] 0
  • Release


    opened by marwin1991 0
  • 0.3.0(Apr 3, 2021)

    [0.3.0] - 2021-04-03

    Added (1 change)

    • Added generation of in every version's directory during (@marwin1991)
    Source code(tar.gz)
    Source code(zip)
  • 0.2.0(Apr 1, 2021)

    [0.2.0] - 2021-04-01

    Added (3 changes)

    • Added maven command to tag unreleased version of (Piotr @marwin1991)
    • Added maven command to initialize project with changelog/unreleased directory and empty !3 (@Glukasze)
    • Added example directory witch contains simple springboot project with keep-changelog plugin (Piotr @marwin1991)
    Source code(tar.gz)
    Source code(zip)
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