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GitHub Pages Deploy Action 🚀

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This GitHub action will handle the building and deploying process of your project to GitHub Pages. It can be configured to upload your production ready code into any branch you'd like, including gh-pages and docs. This action is built on Node, which means that you can call any optional build scripts your project requires prior to deploying.

Getting Started ✈️

You can include the action in your workflow to trigger on any event that GitHub actions supports. If the remote branch that you wish to deploy to doesn't already exist the action will create it for you.

action "Deploy to GitHub Pages" {
  uses = "JamesIves/github-pages-deploy-action@master"
  env = {
    BUILD_SCRIPT = "npm install && npm run-script build"
    BRANCH = "gh-pages"
    FOLDER = "build"
  }
  secrets = ["ACCESS_TOKEN"]
}

If you'd like you can combine it with the filter action so it only triggers deploys on a specific branch. You can find an example of this below.

workflow "Deploy to Github Pages" {
  on = "push"
  resolves = ["Deploy to gh-pages"]
}

action "master branch only" {
  uses = "actions/bin/filter@master"
  args = "branch master"
}

action "Deploy to gh-pages" {
  uses = "JamesIves/github-pages-deploy-action@master"
  env = {
    BRANCH = "gh-pages"
    BUILD_SCRIPT = "npm install && npm run-script build"
    FOLDER = "build"
  }
  secrets = ["ACCESS_TOKEN"]
  needs = ["master branch only"]
}

Configuration 📁

The secrets and env portion of the workflow must be configured before the action will work. Below you'll find a description of what each one does.

Key Value Information Type Required
ACCESS_TOKEN In order for GitHub to trigger the rebuild of your page you must provide the action with a GitHub personal access token. You can learn more about how to generate one here. This should be stored as a secret. secrets Yes
BRANCH This is the branch you wish to deploy to, for example gh-pages or docs. env Yes
FOLDER The folder in your repository that you want to deploy. If your build script compiles into a directory named build you'd put it here. env Yes
BASE_BRANCH The base branch of your repository which you'd like to checkout prior to deploying. This defaults to master. env No
BUILD_SCRIPT If you require a build script to compile your code prior to pushing it you can add the script here. The Docker container which powers the action runs Node which means npm commands are valid. If you're using a static site generator such as Jekyll I'd suggest compiling the code prior to pushing it to your base branch. env No
CNAME If you're using a custom domain, you will need to add the domain name to the CNAME environment variable. If you don't do this GitHub will wipe out your domain configuration after each deploy. This value will look something like this: jives.dev. env No
COMMIT_EMAIL Used to sign the commit, this should be your email. If not provided it will default to your username. env No
COMMIT_NAME Used to sign the commit, this should be your name. If not provided it will default to username@users.noreply.github.com env No

With the action correctly configured you should see something similar to this in your GitHub actions workflow editor.

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