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Process for Publishing a FHIR IG

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Publishing a FHIR IG

This process is followed by anyone when publishing a FHIR IG to


To follow this process, you must have:

You must also know how to run the IGPublisher locally

Record Keeping

All publication runs must be recorded in the [FHIR IG Publication Record]

When you being processing the publication request, create a new row in the sheet, and add the following columns:

  • Operator : Your name
  • IG Name : The formal name for the ballot or publication request
  • IG Source : The github repository URL where the source is located - Check that the repository URL is HL7 (or an other wise approved Organization - consult CTO for approved list)
  • Primary Editor : the name of the editor who will handle any QA issues
  • IG approval: The URL of the wiki page that FMG Approved for the proposal of the IG (if there isn't one, consult the FHIR product director and put "(n/a)")
  • new IG : "yes" if this is the first time that any version is being published for this IG (whatever version - draft or ballot)
  • TSC Approval:
    • if this is a milestone release (e.g. not for ballot) check that TSC has signed off on the publication, and record a link to the TSC task in the spreadsheet
    • if this is for ballot, write "ballot YYYYMMM"


The following checks must be run:

  • Realm: add the realm code identified in the IG approval page. Check that this is consistent with the stated scope of the ballot and in the TSC approval
  • Code: add the code as identified in the IG Approval page (note that the name of the github repository does not need to be the same)
  • fill out the canonical ({realm}/{code}) and packageId (hl7.fhir.{realm}.{code}) values.
    • If this is is a new IG: Look up the URL {canonical}/package-list.json and check that it doesn't exist
    • if this is not a new IG: Look up the URL {canonical}/package-list.json and check that the canonical url and packageId and the name of the IG in the package list agree with the details for the IG (canonical and packageId must be identical, name can vary a little).
  • Find the IG (based on it's github URL org and name) in, and check that the IG was built in the last 24 hours. If not, rebuild it. Wait for it to rebuild (refresh the page, or watch
  • now check the qa page (rightmost link on the IG Builds page).
    • check that the packageId and canonical URL in the first line are correct against the spreadsheet, and check that the stated path starts with {canonical}
    • Review any errors in the page, paying particular attention the publication QA checks at the top
    • If there are any errors, refer to the FHIR product Director for approval
    • Once ok, record "yes (N)" in Build QA column, where N is the number of errors
  • in the version column, record the version as stated in the first line (after the {packageId#} part
    • if this is a new IG: the version should be 0.1.0, or as approved by the FHIR Product Director
    • if this is a not a new IG: check that the FHIR Product Director has approved the version
  • in the subdir column, record the subfolder stated in the publication path
    • If it does not conform to the pattern YYYYMMM (with the date correct) or STU{X}, check with the FHIR product director
  • Now review the actual guide (left most link in the IG build page)
  • Check that the header conforms to the FHIR Implementation Guide Publishing Requirements:
    • check that the header shows the name of the IG and the ballot status correctly.
    • check that the header shows the correct HL7 logo
    • check that the header includes the yellow publish box that displays correctly (don't worry about what it actually says)
    • if all checks out, "yes" in the header column
  • Check that the footer conforms to the FHIR Implementation Guide Publishing Requirements:
    • check that the following items are shown in the footer: packageId, version, FHIR version, publishing committee, history link, propose changes link, Copyright (© 20YY+), generated date
    • if all checks out, "yes" in the footer column
  • check that the {clone}/output does not contain a file named package-list.json
  • check that {registry} and {history} are up to date (git PULL)

Local Build

Now that the main checks have been done, you need to do a local build. To do that, you need a copy of the IG Publisher - see IG Publisher Documentation for assistance

  • clone the github repository to your local drive = {clone}
    • you should call it {packageId}#{version}
  • run the IG publisher, clearing the terminology cache (run the org.hl7.fhir.igpublisher.jar -ig {clone} -resetTx -web)
  • check that the local {clone}/output/qa.html file matches the CI build qa.html
  • Zip up the folder {clone} as it is to a file named {packageId}#{version}.zip and ftp to

You are now good to publish the IG

Publishing the IG

Note: if you are publishing a set of IGs, you can do this part of the process - and all that follows as a batch

  • create a local directory = {root}
  • use FTP to copy the current contents of the uv and us sub-folders of to {root}
    • 150k+ files. you always need both uv and us since they are intertwined
  • in your local directory
    • if this is a new IG: create the folder {root}/{realm}/{code}, and copy in {clone}/package-list.json (e.g. to {root}/{realm}/{code}/package-list.json)
    • if this is not a new IG: edit the file {root}/{realm}/{code}/package-list.json and add the entry for the {version} found in {clone}/package-list.json
  • set the date in {root}/{realm}/{code}/package-list.json entry for {version} to today's (US) date using the format yyyy-mm-dd
    • if this is a new IG: copy the contents of {history} into {root}/{realm}/{code} (except for the file), and edit the name in index.html (replace 'XXXXXX')
  • create the folder {root}/{realm}/{code}/{subdir}
  • copy the content from {clone}/output to {root}/{realm}/{code}/{subdir}
  • mark "yes" in the Copied column

Milestone releases

If you are doing a mile stone release (a STU publication of the IG), some additional steps are required:

  • delete all files and directories in {root}/{realm}/{code}: org.hl7.fhir.igpublisher.jar -delete-current {root}/{realm}/{code} -history {history}
  • re-run the IG publisher: org.hl7.fhir.igpublisher.jar -ig {clone} -web -milestone)
    • check it succeeds
  • copy the content from {clone}/output to {root}/{realm}/{code}. Say "yes" to overwrite any existing files
  • mark "yes" in the Milestone column

Finishing the Publication Process

  • run the IGPublisher on {root}/{realm}/{code}: org.hl7.fhir.igpublisher.jar -publish-update {root} -registry {registry}/fhir-ig-list.json
  • check the output: it should report that it changed N files for each published version of the IG (including previously published versions)
    • if problems, consult FHIR product director (and start again from the creating a local root directory)
  • use FTP to copy the entire contents of {root}/{realm}/{code} to{realm}/{code} - no need to upload files that have not changed
  • mark "yes" in the FTPed column
  • commit and push the changes to the FHIR IG registry to github & mark "yes" in the Register IG column
  • make an announcement on the topic in Zulip using the following template:
 new Publication: [publication name] of the [IG Name] implementation guide: {canonical}/{subdir}

e.g. New Publication: STU Update 3.2 of the QI-Core implementation guide: