Application Release Tracking & Version Numbers

Forgive me if this has been solved in its entirety, although I've only seen bits and pieces of this solved in various ways. I'm hoping a few of you have figured out an elegant solution to this problem.

Over time I've noticed that it would be immensely helpful if we were able to easily correlate which git commit version was running in all of our environments of our application. Capistrano is kind and stores this deployment version value in REVISION, and the deployment time in the timestamp of the deployment directory.

Seth Ladd wrote about a couple of helper methods he wrote to acquire these values at

I'd like to take this up a notch and mark known good commits with releases (i.e. 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.2.1, etc). At the footer of all pages, it would be excellent to be able to see something like "PROD - 1.0 (3425)" (ENVIRONMENT - VERSION (BUILD)) where BUILD corresponds to a git commit hash (somehow). I'd like to be able to catalog which commit hash maps to which version (and do this semi-automatically, through a rake/cap task, aka: cap deploy:version:increment only when a major/minor release occurs).

Then, I'd also like to extract all dependency version numbers, and combine all of this into exception reporting. So when an exception is thrown (gracefully to the end user with an error page), email is generated with:

  environment (production, staging, development, etc)   particular app server hostname/ip/port   app version (1.0, 1.0.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc)   build version (3425)   git commit hash   dependent gems and plugins   versions of each gem and plugin REQUIRED for the release   versions of each gem and plugin installed

Is anyone aware of a single tool that has combined all of this together? There are certainly some solutions, such as exception_notifier, hoptoad, etc, which do the exception notifications, but do not handle "release management" or release correlation.

If not, I think this might be worthy of a plugin or gem that I'd consider building.


With a day to let this sit, I thought more about it (and did more
searches), and did not find anything compartmentalized to handle this.
I'll probably move forward with making this into a gem. Is anyone
interested? Are there particular features you'd like to see this handle?


Hey Kevin,

I’m interested to hear how you’ve done in this endeavour. I am about to embark on the same task and I’d like to reuse your code if you’re willing.


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