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Working with Release Branches

This applies to commits to Chromium repository branches. For changes to Chromium OS repositories, see the information here.

Checking out a release branch

Note: Prior to branch 3420 it is usually NOT possible to sync and build a release branch (i.e. with consistent third_party DEPS), The instructions below will only work with branch 3420 or later. For old branches, please refer to the internal documentation (go/ChromeReleaseBranches).

# Make sure you are in 'src'.
# This part should only need to be done once, but it won't hurt to repeat it.
# The first time checking out branches and tags might take a while because it
# fetches an extra 1/2 GB or so of branch commits.
gclient sync --with_branch_heads --with_tags

# You may have to explicitly 'git fetch origin' to pull branch-heads/
git fetch

# Checkout the branch 'src' tree. $BRANCH can be found under Chromium
# [here](
git checkout -b branch_$BRANCH branch-heads/$BRANCH

# Checkout all the submodules at their branch DEPS revisions.
gclient sync --with_branch_heads --with_tags

Building a branch

Once checked out, building a branch should be the same as building trunk. To avoid clobbering other build artifacts, you may want to specify a different build directory (e.g. //out/Branch1234 instead of //out/Default).

Merging a patch from another branch (e.g. trunk)

Please see the cherry-pick/drover instructions.

Developing a patch directly on the branch

Note: Bugs should generally be fixed and tested on trunk (canary) and then merged to branches. However, if you cannot do that:

# Make sure you are in 'src'.
# Create a branch for the patch.
git new-branch --upstream branch-heads/$BRANCH my_hack_on_the_branch

# Develop normally.
git commit
git cl upload

# After your CL is carefully reviewed, land via the normal CQ process.
git cl land

Syncing and building a release tag

Releases are tagged in git with the release version number. Note: You cannot commit to a release tag. This is purely for acquiring the sources that went into a release build.

# Make sure you have all the release tag information in your checkout.
git fetch --tags
# Checkout whatever version you need (known versions can be seen with
# 'git show-ref --tags')
git checkout -b your_release_branch 74.0.3729.131 # or tags/74.0.3729.131
gclient sync --with_branch_heads --with_tags

Then build as normal.

Get back to the "trunk"

# Make sure you are in 'src'.
git checkout -f origin/main
gclient sync