With the addition of SEP 01 the keepachangelog format was introduced into our file. The Salt project is using the towncrier tool to manage the file. The reason this tool was added to manage the changelog was because we were previously managing the file manually and it would cause many merge conflicts. This tool allows us to add changelog entries into separate files and before a release we simply need to run towncrier --version=<version> for it to compile the changelog correctly.

How do I add a changelog entry

To add a changelog entry you will need to add a file in the changelog directory. The file name should follow the syntax <issue #>.<type>.md. If it is a security fix then the following syntax will need to be used cve-<cve-number>

The types are in alignment with keepachangelog:


any features that have been removed


any features that will soon be removed


any changes in current existing features


any bug fixes


any new features added


any fixes for a cve

For example if you are fixing a bug for issue number #1234 your filename would look like this: changelog/ The contents of the file should contain a summary of what you are fixing. If there is a legitimate reason to not include an issue number with a given contribution you can add the PR number as the file name (<PR #>.<type>.md).

For a security fix your filename would look like this: changelog/

If your PR does not align with any of the types, then you do not need to add a changelog entry.


Requirement Files: Updates to package requirements files also require a changelog file. This will usually be associated with .fixed if its resolving an issue or .security if it's resolving a CVE issue in an upstream project. If updates are made to testing requirement files it does not require a changelog.

How to generate the changelog

This step is only used when we need to generate the changelog right before releasing. You should NOT run towncrier on your PR, unless you are preparing the final PR to update the changelog before a release.

You can run the towncrier tool directly or you can use tools to help run the command and ensure towncrier is installed in a virtual environment. The instructions below will detail both approaches.

Installing tools

If you want to see what output towncrier will produce before generating the change log you can run towncrier in draft mode:

towncrier --draft --version=3001
tools changelog update-changelog-md --draft 3000.1

Version will need to be set to whichever version we are about to release. Once you are confident the draft output looks correct you can now generate the changelog by running:

towncrier --version=3001
tools changelog update-changelog-md 3000.1

After this is run towncrier will automatically remove all the files in the changelog directory.

If you want to force towncrier to automatically remove all the files in the changelog directory without asking you to type yes, you can set force to True.

towncrier --yes --version=3001

The tools changelog update-changelog-md <version> command will automatically add --yes if --draft is not passed.