Automated Code Deployment from BitBucket to Hostgator · perNalin

Automated Code Deployment from BitBucket to Hostgator

Long ago when I was looking for a good hosted Distributed Version Control System (DVCS), it came down to two options; GitHub or BitBucket. Of the two, I chose Bitbucket primarily because they provided free private repositories.

This post describes how to setup an automated deployment workflow from BitBucket to Hostgator.

SSH to your Hostgator terminal

Use a SSH client such as PuTTY (if you're on Windows) to connect to your Hostgator terminal. Enter the commands below to create a ssh folder and generate a public key. You'll need this key later on to enable the connection between BitBucket and HostGator.

[~]# mkdir ~/.ssh
[~]# chmod 700 ~/.ssh
[~]# cd ~/.ssh
[~]# ssh-keygen

Once you enter ssh-keygen, you'll be prompted for a pass phrase. You could either enter a phrase, or just leave it blank and hit enter. Once this command runs, it will create a set of public/private keys in the .ssh directory.

Copy the public key from One way to do this is to output the content of this file within PuTTY, selecting that output and right-clicking to copy to the clipboard.

[~]# cat ~/.ssh/

Add the public key to BitBucket

Log in to BitBucket and go to the 'Manage Account' screen. Then select 'SSH Keys' and 'Add key'.

Enter a name for your SSH Key, and paste your public key (that key you obtained above), and save it by clicking 'Add key'.

Verify connectivity

Go back to your PuTTY session. Run the following command to verify connectivity between BitBucket and Hostgator

[~]# ssh -T

You may be prompted with an "Are you sure you want to continue connecting" message. If so, type in "yes" to continue. If all goes well, you should see a message similar to the following.

The authenticity of host ' (XXX)' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is XXX.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added ',XXX' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
logged in as XXX.

You can use git or hg to connect to Bitbucket. Shell access is disabled.

Pull Code to HostGator

The good news is git is already available on Hostgator by default. How you pull your code for the first time depends on whether you're pulling it into an existing folder (such as the root folder) or pulling it in to a new subfolder. In either case you'll need to have the bitbucket SSH path to your source handy.

If you're pulling code to a subfolder, just clone your repository and you're good to go to the next step.

[~]# git clone<username>/<repositoryname>.git

Instead, if you're pulling your code to an existing folder such as the root folder, the above command errors out with a message that the destination path already exists and is not an empty directory. So, do the following

[~]# git init
[~]# git remote add origin<username/<repositoryname>.git
[~]# git fetch

After the initial clone / fetch, you should be able to pull your code manually using the following

[~]# git pull<username>/<repositoryname>.git

Automate the process

Create a new php file, git-hook.php, on your hosting site with the code below. Note that the exec('git pull ... ') command contains the same command that you used above to pull the code manually. Also note that the echo statements below don't really matter. You won't actually see any output unless you manually run the PHP code. So, the only code you really need is the exec statement.

echo "Begin: Pull code from BitBucket<br/>";
exec('git pull<username>/<repositoryname>.git', $output);
foreach ($output as $o) {
    echo $o . '<br/>';
echo "End: Pull code from BitBucket<br/>";

Once this file has been saved on HostGator, go back to the Settings page of your BitBucket repository and click on 'Hooks'. Then select 'POST' from the drop down and click on 'Add Hook'. In the form that appears type in the URL to the PHP file you created above and click 'Save'.

Verify the automated deployment process

Now try pushing a change to your repository. Within a few seconds your changes should now be automatically visible on the live site!