Git for web application deployment

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Basically, I currently have a very simple procedure for deploying software, it is called: git push, and I really want to be able to do that for my web applications as well.

I know that Rob Conery has talked about this in the past:

And I know about Heroku and AppHarbor, that isn’t what I am talking about.

On my own server, I have a set of web application that I want to be able to update using git push.


  • It has to be an explicit operation (pushing to a specific branch is okay).
  • It can’t be something that happens periodically, I want to push, and as soon as possible, be able to see the changes. Waiting 5 minutes for the periodic check is going to be a non starter.
  • It has to take into account local information (logs, data, etc).
  • I have to be able to easily rollback.
  • I don’t really care for things like migrations, those are handled by the application, or manually.

I specifically don’t care about actually building the code, I am perfectly fine with pushing binaries to the git repository.

At first I thought about simply making the site a git repository and just push there. But you can’t push to non bare repositories by default (and rightly so). When I gave it some more thought, I realized that there are more reasons to want to avoid that.

Any thoughts? Any existing solutions?