Part 1: Setup Capistrano
(1) Add Capistrano gem and related task gems to your Gemfile. Typical a minimum requirement would look like this:
gem 'capistrano' gem 'capistrano-bundler' gem 'capistrano-rails'
(2) If your server runs on Phusion Passenger, you can add:
(3) If you install Ruby via rbenv or rvm on your server, you can add either one of the following:
gem 'capistrano-rbenv' gem 'capistrano-rvm'
(4) If you are using delayed job, you can add:
(5) Above are common Capistrano task gems, you can add more as and if needed. Next, we install the gems.
(6) Install Capistrano files with this command:
(7) This creates several files including:
(8) Edit 'Capfile' to enable modules that you need. Example:
require 'capistrano/rbenv' require 'capistrano/bundler' require 'capistrano/rails' require 'capistrano/passenger' require 'capistrano/delayed_job'
(9) If you are working on an API project that does not involve assets. You will probably want to break down 'capistrano/rails' and require only migrations.
# require "capistrano/rails/assets" require "capistrano/rails/migrations"
(10) Edit 'deploy.rb' to add configurations for each module. Common config to set:
# config valid for current version and patch releases of Capistrano lock "~> 3.10.0" # What is your app name? set :application, 'myapp' # Where is your Git repository? set :repo_url, 'firstname.lastname@example.org' # Which directory to execute the deployment? set :deploy_to, '/path/to/myapp' # These files are copied (symlink) after each deployment append :linked_files, "config/database.yml", "config/secrets.yml", "config/secrets.yml.key", "config/custom_configs.yml" # These directories are shared across deployment. append :linked_dirs, "log", "tmp/pids", "tmp/cache", "tmp/sockets" # How many releases to keep? set :keep_releases, 10 # rbenv ruby version set :rbenv_ruby, '2.4.2' # How many copies of assets to keep? set :keep_assets, 2 # How many workers to start set :delayed_job_workers, 2
(11) Setup each environment under the deploy directory. For example, production.rb.
server 'myserver1.com', user: 'ubuntu', roles: %w[app db web] server 'myserver2.com', user: 'ubuntu', roles: %w[app db web]
Part 2: Setup Server
(1) SSH to your server.
(2) Create your "deploy_to" directory.
(3) Create a "shared" directory under your "deploy_to" path.
(4) Create and store a copy of each "linked_files" in respective directory. E.g.
(5) Point your HTTP server application path to "deploy_to/current/public" directory. For example, in Nginx:
(6) Make sure that correct Ruby version is installed and bundler gem is installed.
(7) Make sure that the database specified in the config file is created.
Part 3: Deploy
(1) Provided that your deployment machine has appropriate SSH key configured. Deployment is just a simple command:
cap <environment> deploy
Where <environment> depends on your available environment. E.g. production, staging, etc.
(2) When deployment is successful, a log will be written to revisions.log in your "deploy_to" directory.