Simple Git Deployment
By Ryan Florence, published 2010-07-27
Part of the issue Git Your Act and Deployment Together.
If you’re still using FTP to deploy websites, knock it off. Here’s a simple way to use git to deploy web sites and applications.
You have three repositories: remote, local, and web server. Push from local to remote, clone the repository on your web server, and then simply pull updates after you push.
Local Machine: Push your local repository to a remote server. Check out git for beginners if you’re lost already.
$ git remote add origin firstname.lastname@example.org:rpflorence/example.com.git $ git push origin master
Web Server: Clone the remote repository on your web server. You’ll need ssh access to it.
$ ssh email@example.com $ cd public_html $ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:rpflorence/example.com.git
Local Machine: Make changes to your local repository.
# make changes in your local repo $ git commit -a -m 'Added cool stuff' $ git push origin master
Web Server: Pull the changes from the remote repository.
$ ssh email@example.com $ cd public_html/example.com $ git pull origin master
I like this method because there is no real “setup,” it’s completely straightforward: clone the origin repository, pull updates from it, done. It’s not wearing fancy pants, it is simply git at its finest. For a method that is wearing fancy pants check out deploying websites with a tiny git hook