We are going to host a kotlin based project as a maven package using all the dev tools that GitHub provides.

GitHub Actions

GitHub actions, is an integrated solution that allows you to create automated workflow. Mainly CI / CD for continuous development and integration. But it can also operate on issues, on the code and repository thanks to the GitHub API. The yaml interface is still a bit clunky but once you get the hang of it, it’s clearly a plus when you don’t know the syntax.

And the main thing of all, it works as intended! Either I got better with time, or it’s well made, but I had no major issues with it. And most of my interrogations were already answered on GitHub Community.

GitHub package registry

GitHub package registry is still in Beta, it aims to replace basically everything else that currently store packages. With the GitHub Actions as CI / CD. You would have the whole development ecosystem with one platform.

Where we are going to put our maven package sylhare/codokar in there and test the whole thing.

Uploading the Maven package

Set up your gradle

Because who would use maven for a maven package? Add the plugin in the gradle file as explained here , I used the Kotlin DSL:

plugins {

I had to say that intelliJ took a bit of time to recognize the publishing.

publishing {
    repositories {
        maven {
            name = "GitHubPackages"
            url = uri("")
            credentials {
                username = project.findProperty("gpr.user") as String? ?: System.getenv("GPR_USER")
                password = project.findProperty("gpr.key") as String? ?: System.getenv("GPR_API_KEY")
    publications {
        create<MavenPublication>("REPOSITORY") {

Publish your package

Everything is well documented on GitHub Help:

  • Create a token:
  • Settings > Developer Settings > Personal Access Token
  • Add the package rights:
    • write:packages
    • read:packages
  • Locally you can set up your token as GPR_API_KEY, and your username as GPR_USER
  • Then you can publish it by running
./gradlew publish

Set up the Automated workflow

Now that you have published it once to GitHub registry, you don’t want to do it again. This is the time to use the automated workflow provided by GitHub Actions.

Use your secrets

Remember that token? Well now you need a little bit of work to use it within your workflow.

Build, Test, Publish

Add in .github > workflows a new file like cicd.yml with:

name: CICD

on: [ push ]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - uses: actions/checkout@v1
      - name: Set up JDK 1.8
        uses: actions/setup-java@v1
          java-version: 1.8

      - name: Unit Test
        run: ./gradlew test
      - name: Build with Gradle
        run: ./gradlew build
      - name: Deploy to GitHub Registry
        run: ./gradlew publish

With that you can build and test your project at each push. When you want to deploy, let’s say anytime you create a new tag with the version, you can add another workflow publish.yml:

name: Publish to GitHub Registry on Tag

      - '*'

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - uses: actions/checkout@v1
      - name: Set up JDK 1.8
        uses: actions/setup-java@v1
          java-version: 1.8
      - name: Publish to GitHub registry
          GPR_USER: ${{ secrets.GPR_USER }}
          GPR_API_KEY: ${{ secrets.GPR_API_KEY }}
        run: ./gradlew publish

Also GitHub generates automatically a token GITHUB_TOKEN that can be use in the workflow, which means you could have done that to use the defined one instead of creating a secret:

GPR_API_KEY: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}