Releasing OSS on GitHub

kyle.m.hall's Avatar


27 Jul, 2018 04:34 PM

I've been able to successfully build my project, and create my installer. I'd like to make a public GitHub prerelease for each build of master.

I've added an environment variable to AppVeyor with my GitHub token. I can't put it directly in appveyor.yml since the file is part of the project and is publicly available.

Here is my appveyor.yml:

  - Visual Studio 2013
  - set QTDIR=C:\Qt\5.5\mingw492_32
  - set PATH=%PATH%;C:\MinGW\bin;%QTDIR%\bin;"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Inno Setup 5"
  - qmake
  - mingw32-make
  - dir release
  - copy release\libkiclient.exe deploy\windows\libkiclient.exe
  - cd deploy\windows
  - ISCC.exe installer-wizard.iss
  release: libki-client-v$(appveyor_build_version)
  description: 'Libki Client (Unstable) [$(APPVEYOR_REPO_COMMIT)]'
  provider: GitHub
    secure: $(GITHUB_TOKEN)
  artifact: C:\projects\libki-client\deploy\windows\Output\Libki_Client_Installer.exe
  draft: false
  prerelease: true
    branch: master                 # release from master branch only
    appveyor_repo_tag: false       # deploy on tag push only

Right now I'm getting this error:
Error creating GitHub release: Provider setting not found or it's value is empty. If secure setting is used please check that value was encrypted (or YAML was exported) while being logged under correct account.
Parameter name: auth_token

Any idea what I'm doing wrong? I tried replacing $(GITHUB_TOKEN) with %GITHUB_TOKEN% but that make the appveyor.yml completely invalid and the build didn't even start.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ilya Finkelshte... on 27 Jul, 2018 06:06 PM

    Ilya Finkelshteyn's Avatar

    secure means that value is encrypted. You can do one of the following:

  2. 2 Posted by kyle.m.hall on 01 Aug, 2018 02:04 PM

    kyle.m.hall's Avatar

    Thanks! For some reason the encrypted version did not work for me ( same error ) but removing the `secure` part did!

  3. kyle.m.hall closed this discussion on 01 Aug, 2018 02:04 PM.

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