Joe Gatt Joe Gatt - 3 months ago 41
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Referencing current branch in github readme.md

In my github repo's readme.md file I have a Travis-CI badge. I use the following link:

https://travis-ci.org/joegattnet/joegattnet_v3.png?branch=staging


The obvious problem is that the branch is hardcoded. Is it possible to use some sort of variable so that the branch is the one currently being viewed?

Answer

Not that I know of.
GitHub support confirms (through OP Joe Gatt 's comment)

The only way to do this would be to pass the link through my own service which would use the github's http referrer header to determine which branch is being referenced and then fetch the appropriate image from Travis CI

I would rather make one Travis-CI badge per branch, for the reader to choose or consider the appropriate when seeing the README.md.


Update 2016 (3 years later): while nothing has changed on the GitHub side, fedorqui reports in the workaround mentioned in "Get Travis Shield on Github to Reflect Selected Branch Status" by Andrie.
Simply display all the branches and their respective TravisCI badges.

If you have only two or three branches, that could be enough.