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Version 4.9.2

PHPloy is an incremental Git FTP and SFTP deployment tool. By keeping track of the state of the remote server(s) it deploys only the files that were committed since the last deployment. PHPloy supports submodules, sub-submodules, deploying to multiple servers and rollbacks. PHPloy requires PHP 7.3+ and Git 1.8+.

How it works

PHPloy stores a file called .revision on your server. This file contains the hash of the commit that you have deployed to that server. When you run phploy, it downloads that file and compares the commit reference in it with the commit you are trying to deploy to find out which files to upload. PHPloy also stores a .revision file for each submodule in your repository.


Via Composer

If you have composer installed in your machine, you can pull PHPloy globally like this:

composer global require "banago/phploy"

Make sure to place the $HOME/.composer/vendor/bin directory (or the equivalent directory for your OS) in your $PATH so the PHPloy executable can be located by your system.

Via Phar Archive

You can install PHPloy Phar globally, in your /usr/local/bin directory or, locally, in your project directory. Rename phploy.phar to phploy for ease of use.

  1. Globally: Move phploy into /usr/local/bin. Make it executable by running sudo chmod +x phploy.
  2. Locally Move phploy into your project directory.


When using PHPloy locally, proceed the command with php

  1. Run phploy --init in the terminal to create the phploy.ini file or create one manually.
  2. Run phploy in terminal to deploy.

Windows Users: Installing PHPloy globally on Windows


The phploy.ini file holds your project configuration. It should be located in the root directory of the project. phploy.ini is never uploaded to server. Check the sample below for all available options:

; This is a sample deploy.ini file. You can specify as many
; servers as you need and use normal or quickmode configuration.
; NOTE: If a value in the .ini file contains any non-alphanumeric 
; characters it needs to be enclosed in double-quotes (").

    scheme = sftp
    user = example
    ; When connecting via SFTP, you can opt for password-based authentication:
    pass = password
    ; Or private key-based authentication:
    privkey = 'path/to/or/contents/of/privatekey'
    host =
    path = /path/to/installation
    port = 22
    ; You can specify a branch to deploy from
    branch = develop
    ; File permission set on the uploaded files/directories
    permissions = 0700
    ; File permissions set on newly created directories
    directoryPerm = 0775
    ; Deploy only this directory as base directory
    base = 'directory-name/'
    ; Files that should be ignored and not uploaded to your server, but still tracked in your repository
    exclude[] = 'src/*.scss'
    exclude[] = '*.ini'
    ; Files that are ignored by Git, but you want to send the the server
    include[] = 'js/scripts.min.js'
    include[] = 'directory-name/'
    ; conditional include - if source file has changed, include file
    include[] = 'css/style.min.css:src/style.css' 
    ; Directories that should be copied after deploy, from->to
    copy[] = 'public->www'
    ; Directories that should be purged before deploy
    purge-before[] = "dist/"
    ; Directories that should be purged after deploy
    purge[] = "cache/"
    ; Pre- and Post-deploy hooks
    ; Use "DQOUTE" inside your double-quoted strings to insert a literal double quote
    ; Use 'QUOTE' inside your qouted strings to insert a literal quote
    ; For example pre-deploy[] = 'echo "that'QUOTE's nice"' to get a literal "that's".
    ; That workaround is based on
    pre-deploy[] = "wget --spider --quiet"
    post-deploy[] = "wget --spider --quiet"
    ; Works only via SSH2 connection
    pre-deploy-remote[] = "touch .maintenance"
    post-deploy-remote[] = "mv cache cache2"
    post-deploy-remote[] = "rm .maintenance"
    ; You can specify a timeout for the underlying connection which might be useful for long running remote 
    ; operations (cache clear, dependency update, etc.)
    timeout = 60

    quickmode =
    passive = true
    ssl = false
    ; You can specify a branch to deploy from
    branch = master
    ; File permission set on the uploaded files/directories
    permissions = 0774
    ; File permissions set on newly created directories
    directoryPerm = 0755
    ; Files that should be ignored and not uploaded to your server, but still tracked in your repository
    exclude[] = 'libs/*'
    exclude[] = 'config/*'
    exclude[] = 'src/*.scss'
    ; Files that are ignored by Git, but you want to send the the server
    include[] = 'js/scripts.min.js'
    include[] = 'js/style.min.css'
    include[] = 'directory-name/'
    purge-before[] = "dist/" 
    purge[] = "cache/" 
    pre-deploy[] = "wget --spider --quiet"
    post-deploy[] = "wget --spider --quiet"

If your password is missing in the phploy.ini file or the PHPLOY_PASS environment variable, PHPloy will interactively ask you for your password. There is also an option to store the user and password in a file called .phploy.


This feature is especially useful if you would like to share your phploy.ini via Git but hide your password from the public.

You can also use environment variables to deploy without storing your credentials in a file. These variables will be used if they do not exist in the phploy.ini file:


These variables can be used like this;

$ PHPLOY_PORT="21" PHPLOY_HOST="" PHPLOY_USER="ftp" PHPLOY_PASS="ftp-password" PHPLOY_PATH="/home/user/public_html/" phploy -s servername

Or export them like this, the script will automatically use them:

$ export PHPLOY_PORT="21"
$ export PHPLOY_HOST=""
$ export PHPLOY_USER="ftp"
$ export PHPLOY_PASS="ftp-password"
$ export PHPLOY_PATH="/home/user/public_html/"
$ export PHPLOY_PRIVKEY="path/to/or/contents/of/privatekey"
$ phploy -s servername

Multiple servers

PHPloy allows you to configure multiple servers in the deploy file and deploy to any of them with ease.

By default PHPloy will deploy to ALL specified servers. Alternatively, if an entry named 'default' exists in your server configuration, PHPloy will default to that server configuration. To specify one single server, run:

phploy -s servername


phploy --server servername

servername stands for the name you have given to the server in the phploy.ini configuration file.

If you have a 'default' server configured, you can specify to deploy to all configured servers by running:

phploy --all

Shared configuration (custom defaults)

If you specify a server configuration named *, all options configured in this section will be shared with other servers. This basically allows you to inject custom default values.

; The special '*' configuration is shared between all other configurations (think include)
    exclude[] = 'src/*'
    include[] = "dist/app.css"

; As a result both shard1 and shard2 will have the same exclude[] and include[] "default" values
    quickmode =

    quickmode =


Warning: the --rollback option does not currently update your submodules correctly.

PHPloy allows you to roll back to an earlier version when you need to. Rolling back is very easy.

To roll back to the previous commit, you just run:

phploy --rollback

To roll back to whatever commit you want, you run:

phploy --rollback commit-hash-goes-here

When you run a rollback, the files in your working copy will revert temporarily to the version of the rollback you are deploying. When the deployment has finished, everything will go back as it was.

Note that there is not a short version of --rollback.

Listing changed files

PHPloy allows you to see what files are going to be uploaded/deleted before you actually push them. Just run:

phploy -l


phploy --list

Updating or "syncing" the remote revision

If you want to update the .revision file on the server to match your current local revision, run:

phploy --sync

If you want to set it to a previous commit revision, just specify the revision like this:

phploy --sync your-revision-hash-here

Creating deployment directory on first deploy

If the deployment directory does not exits, you can instruct PHPloy to create it for you:

phploy --force

Manual fresh upload

If you want to do a fresh upload, even if you have deployed earlier, use the --fresh argument like this:

phploy --fresh


Submodules are supported, but are turned off by default since you don't expect them to change very often and you only update them once in a while. To run a deployment with submodule scanning, add the --submodules parameter to the command:

phploy --submodules


In many cases, we need to purge the contents of a directory after a deployment. This can be achieved by specifying the directories in phploy.ini like this:

; relative to the deployment path
purge[] = "cache/"

To purge a directory before deployment, specify the directories in phploy.ini like this:

; relative to the deployment path
purge-before[] = "dist/"


PHPloy allows you to execute commands before and after the deployment. For example you can use wget call a script on my server to execute a composer update.

; To execute before deployment
pre-deploy[] = "wget --spider --quiet"
; To execute after deployment
post-deploy[] = "wget --spider --quiet"


PHPloy supports simple logging of the activity. Logging is saved in a phploy.log file in your project in the following format:

2016-03-28 08:12:37+02:00 --- INFO: [SHA: 59a387c26641f731df6f0d1098aaa86cd55f4382] Deployment to server: "default" from branch "master". 2 files uploaded; 0 files deleted.

To turn logging on, add this to phploy.ini:

    logger = on


Contributions are very welcome; PHPloy is great because of the contributors. Please check out the issues.


Version history

Please check release history for details.


PHPloy is licensed under the MIT License (MIT).