Webistrano 1.3 released


I'm proud to announce Webistrano 1.3.


Webistrano is a Web UI for managing Capistrano deployments. It lets you manage projects and their stages like test, production, and staging with different settings. Those stages can then be deployed with Capistrano through Webistrano.

The 1.3 adds several new shiny features to Webistrano that make deployment easier:

     * Better Git support through Capistrano 2.2
     * Support for Phusion Passenger / mod_rails
     * Ability to temporary disable hosts for a deployment
     * A command-line interface with script/deploy
     * A simple permission system

The complete changelog is available through the Webistrano project site.

One very often demanded feature is the ability to temporary disable a host for a deployment. This is helpful when you want to deploy a stage without changing the stage configuration even if one or more hosts are down. Another scenario is when you want to execute a task only on a limited set of servers.

The script/deploy command is a nice little gem, especially useful if you want to script Webistrano:

$ ruby script/deploy
Usage: deploy [options] project stage
     -h, --help This message
     -e, --environment=ENV RAILS_ENV for Webistrano (default: production)
     -u, --username=NAME Webistrano username to use (default: admin)
     -t, --task=NAME Capistrano task to invoke (default: deploy)
     -d, --description=TEXT Deployment comment for Webistrano records

Further, Webistrano now offers built-in tasks for managing mod_rails deployments. It will override the default deploy tasks and ask for the necessary configuration entries so that using mod_rails becomes even easier.

Webistrano 1.3 can be downloaded here.


Webistrano is BSD-licensed and the project site is open for everybody. Please see the project page for more documentation and screenshots. There are even some screencasts.