Deploy a static site from a git post commit hook

For small personal projects, you might want to do a new deploy whenever you do a git commit. BitBalloon’s command line tools make it easy to set this up.

Install the gem

Start by installing the bitballoon ruby gem:

gem install bitballoon

Run a manual deploy

Then do an initial deploy manually from your git repository:

bitballoon deploy

This will prompt you for a API Client ID and secret. Create an API application here and grab the credentials.

You’ll then get a prompted for the site to deploy to. If you haven’t deployed your site yet, simply press enter to leave this blank. If you’ve already deployed your site, just enter the current url of the site.

Add the post-commit hook

The bitballoon tool will create a .bitballoon file with your BitBalloon access token and the site id. Make sure to add this file to your .gitignore so you never check these credentials into your repository.

Now create the file .git/hooks/post-commit:

bitballoon deploy

And set the file permissions:

chmod a+x .git/hooks/post-commit

That’s it! Try making a change to your site and do a commit. The new version will automatically get pushed to BitBalloon.

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