In this article I want to introduce "ShinyDeploy" - a project I have been working on during the last month. As many features are already implemented and working I decided that it's time to introduce this application to the community and hopefully find some beta-testers.
You can find the installation instructions at the projects GitHub page.
Here is a list of the features and some explanatory texts:
Basic and straightforward GUI
The application uses a clean and simple user-interface enabling everybody in your team to quickly deploy changes to your servers.
List changes before deploying
If you're not sure about all the changes since the last deploy or you just want to double-check stuff before hitting the deploy button - you can list all modified files and even view a diff before starting the actual deployment.
Execute tasks before/after deployment
For every deployment you can define commands that are executed before or after you deploy changes to the server. This can be stuff like putting your application into maintenance mode, compiling SCSS files after upload, restating software and so on.
Realtime feedback using websockets
Using websockets you get direct feedback of what's happens during a deployment. This is especially helpful in situations when something is not working as expected ;)
If you like automation you can use webhooks (like provided by GitHub or Bitbucket) to automatically trigger deployments. Using webhooks whenever you push changes to you repository the will automatically get uploaded to your server. This is an extremely useful feature to keep your development server up to date.
Open source and self-hosted
Using a deployment tool automatically means you have to provide sensitive information (like login data to your servers) to this tool. I personally don't like to provide such information to external services having no insights in how they handle these data. Using open source self-hosted software means you maintain full control of your data.
Secure data storage
All sensitive data like usernames, passwords e.g. are encrypted before storing them into database. This provides an additional layer of security. If an attacker manages to get a copy of your database the data is still encrypted and can't be used.
Not too hard to setup
I tried to keep the requirements and installation procedure as simple as possible. Sure it's not like installing Wordpress but with a little experience in server administration it should be possible.
Please be aware that at moment the project is in an early beta stage. It has not been tested by a wide range of users and most probably still contains some bugs. I use the application at daily basis but for now I don't recommend to use it in production. Just test it on your development or staging server.
If you're interested in testing and improving this application you're very welcome. Just start testing and provide some feedback. Open issues at GitHub or write me a mail. I'm excited to get some feedback.