Getting Started

Getting started with the older legacy Trunk Merge

This guide will walk you through running Trunk Merge in your GitHub repository.

Connect your Trunk organization to GitHub

Sign up at, create a Trunk organization, and connect it to your GitHub repositories. If your repository is already connected to your Trunk organization, this step can be skipped.

Set Up Trunk Merge

  1. Specify the branch that pull requests will be merged into (usually main or master) and the number of pull requests Trunk Merge is allowed to concurrently run tests for.\

  2. Tell Trunk Merge how to determine whether a pull request can be merged by specifying the name of the GitHub status checks or jobs it should require to passs in .trunk/trunk.yaml in your repository.

    version: 0.1
      version: 1.16.0
        - Trunk Check
        - Unit tests & test coverage
        # Add more required statuses here
  3. Ensure the checks and jobs in merge.required_statuses from .trunk/trunk.yaml specified in step 2 run whenever Trunk Merge tests a PR. Trunk Merge creates branches with the prefix trunk-merge/ in order to tests PRs, so this means configuring your CI provider to run them whenever a branch with that prefix is pushed to. For GitHub Actions, that'll mean setting up a push-triggered workflow, filtered to trunk-merge/** branches, like so:\

    name: Run Required Checks
    run-name: PR Checks for ${{ github.ref_name }}
    # Trigger jobs whenever Trunk Merge tests a PR using a `trunk-merge/` branch
          - trunk-merge/**
        runs-on: ubuntu-latest
        # "Trunk Check" is specified in merge.required_status above
        name: Trunk Check
          - name: Checkout
            uses: actions/checkout@v3
        runs-on: ubuntu-latest
        # "Unit tests & test coverage" is specified in merge.required_status above
        name: Unit tests & test coverage
          - name: Checkout
            uses: actions/checkout@v3
        # Add more steps here..    

Adjust GitHub Branch Protection Rules

In order for Trunk Merge to function properly:

  1. The Trunk GitHub App must be allowed to merge PRs if merging into your branch is restricted

  2. Branches following the pattern trunk-merge/* and trunk-temp/* must not be protected by GitHub. The app does not run with admin permissions, so it cannot interact with protected branches

  3. Squash merges must be allowed into your repository, as Trunk Merge squash merges PRs

Use Trunk Merge

Now that you're done with setup, take it for a spin! You can submit a pull request to Trunk Merge by either commenting /trunk merge on the PR in GitHub or using the CLI.

Comment /trunk merge on a pull request

Debugging Trunk Merge

If Trunk Merge is having issues creating branches, running tests, or merging pull requests:

  • Make sure you've followed every step in "Set Up Trunk Merge".

  • Ensure that there are no branch protection rules affecting trunk-temp/* and trunk-merge/* branches. If branch protection is configured in GitHub for any branch matching those formats (e.g. if there is a */* branch protection rule), then that will prevent Trunk Merge from running tests for pull requests.

If there are any questions or help is needed, reach out on our community slack!

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