First of all, this post will not teach you how to setup a server nor how to setup SSH-access to a server.
- A server with SSH-access.
- Some prior knowledge about
- Nginx, Apache or something equivalent to serve you static site.
1. Initial setup#
On our server we need to create a
bare-repository which will contain our project and its hook. It doesn’t matter where this repository is located, only that we have access to it. For this example, we can locate our
bare-repositories in a directory called
repos in our
To create a
bare-repository we run;
git init --bare <name-of-our-project>.git
Now that we have created a
bare-repository we can go ahead and create a “deployment”-directory that will contain our built project. Again, it doesn’t matter where it’s located, only that we have access to it. For this example we will deploy a static website, we can locate our “deployment”-directory in
/home/<username>/sites. Inside of our folder we need to create the directory that will hold the “built” version of our project.
2. Setting up the production remote#
In order for this automatic deployment to work, we need to add a new remote to our working copy of the project. For this example we can do it like this;
git remote add production <username>@<server>:<path-to-bare-repository>.git
In this case the
<username> will be the username of the user where we’ve located our
3. Creating a git-hook#
Back on our server we need to create a
post-receive-hook in our
Adding the deployment script#
post-receive-hook we write the following;
#!/bin/sh GIT_WORK_TREE=/home/<username>/sites/<site-name> cd /home/<username>/sites/<site-name> # Add your build script/commands
Make hook executable#
Now we need to make this
chmod +x <path-to-bare-repository>.git/hooks/post-receive
4. Symlinking our built site#
In order for our site to actually be served online we need to symlink our built static site from within our
sites-directory to our “serve”-directory (usually
ln -s <path-to-built-site> <path-to-serve-dir>
<path-to-built-site> will be within our
sites-directory, usually in a directory called
<path-to-built-site> will mirror its contents to the “serve”-directory.
5. Pushing to our production remote#
Because we now have a
post-receive-hook on our production server, we can now just push our local working copy to production;
git push production
And if everything is configured correctly, we shouldn’t have any errors. And voila, we have setup a way to easily deploy to production without any scary scripts.
- Create a
bare-repository within your home-directory.
- Setup a new remote for production.
- Create a “sites”-directory to hold the static site.
- Create a
post-receivefile within the
- Add the following to the
- Symlink the built site to the path that is actually serving it online.
git push production.