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RC Patches


Documents in this section go over steps to run different types of React Native release updates. Its intended audience is those in relevant release roles.


  • You have some pick requests that qualify for a new Release Candidate (RC) patch in the "road to 0.XX.0" discussion.
  • Write access to react-native repository.
  • Write access to releases repository.
  • One CircleCI personal API token - see here how to set one.

1. Check out the latest version from release branch​

# Be on relevant release branch
# update the stable branch with tags
git pull origin <release-branch> --tags
git checkout -b <release-branch>

# cherry pick relevant commits
git cherry-pick <commit-hash>

2. Test the current changes​

Before continuing further, follow the testing guide to ensure the source code doesn't have any major issues.


Since testing is a time consuming activity (>1 hrs) it is recommended that the release crew coordinates on the steps above then do testing on at least two separate systems in an async way.

3. Run bump-oss-version script​

# once verified all the cherry-picked commits, we can push them to remote
git push

# run a script to bump the version
# You **do not** want this release marked as "latest"!
./scripts/bump-oss-version.js --to-version 0.y.0-rc.x --token <YOUR_CIRCLE_CI_TOKEN>

4. Watch CircleCI to ensure right jobs are being triggered​

  • Once you have run the bump script script, head to CircleCI and you should see under the releases workflow, a prepare-package-for-release job.

    CircleCI showing publish release
    CircleCI showing publish release.
  • Once complete you should be able to run npm view react-native and verify that under the next tag, the version is the expected release version.

    npm view react-native
    latest: 0.(y-1).1 next: 0.y.0-rc.x nightly: 0.0.0-f617e022c

5. Create a GitHub Release​

  • Create a GitHub Release with this template and check "Pre-Release" checkbox.
- <!-- TODO List out notable picks for this patch -->


To test it, run:

<!-- TODO Update with your version -->

npx react-native init RN069RC0 --version 0.69.0-rc.0


- You can participate in the conversation on the status of this release in the [working group](

- To help you upgrade to this version, you can use the [upgrade helper]( βš›οΈ

- See changes from this release in the [changelog PR](


### Help us testing πŸ§ͺ

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Let us know how it went by posting a comment in the [working group discussion](! Please specify with system you tried it on (ex. macos, windows).

**Bonus points:** It would be even better if you could swap things around: instead of using a fresh new app, use a more complex one - or use a different library that is already leveraging the new architecture!
Creating a GitHub Release
Creating a GitHub Release.

6. Update the relevant discussion post with the latest RC​

Go back to the "road to 0.XX.0" discussion and update the "Current release candidate" line with the new version you published.

7. Broadcast that release candidate is out​

Once all the steps above have been completed, it's time to signal to the community that the new RC is available for testing! Do so in the following channels:

  • RN Discord #releases-coordination