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A deployment tool with Consul / Serf event.

Example manifest

src: s3://
checksum: e0840daaa97cd2cf2175f9e5d133ffb3324a2b93
dest: /home/stretcher/app
    - echo 'staring deploy'
    - echo 'deploy done'
    - echo 'deploy success'
    - echo 'deploy failed!!'
    - cat >> /path/to/failure.log
  - "*.pid"
  - "*.socket"


stretcher agent

$ stretcher -h
Usage of stretcher:
  -max-bandwidth string
        max bandwidth for download src archives (Bytes/sec)
  -random-delay float
        sleep [0,random-delay) sec on start
  -retry int
        retry count for download src archives
  -retry-wait int
        wait for retry download src archives (sec) (default 3)
  -rsync-verbose string
        rsync verbose option (default -v)
  -timeout int
        timeout for download src archives (sec)
  -v    show version
        show version

with Consul

A stretcher agent is designed as running under "consul watch" and will be kicked by Consul event.

$ consul watch -type event -name deploy /path/to/stretcher
  • -name: your deployment identity name.

with Serf

A stretcher agent can be running as Serf event handler.

$ serf agent -event-handler="user:deploy=/path/to/stretcher >> /path/to/stretcher.log 2>&1"

Load AWS credentials

When you specify a S3 URL in the manifest, requires AWS regions and credentials configuration as the same of aws-sdk-go.

for regions,

  1. AWS_REGION or AWS_DEFAULT_REGION environment variable.

for credentials,

  1. Environment variables.
  2. Shared credentials file.
  3. If your application is running on an Amazon EC2 instance, IAM role for Amazon EC2.

See also Configuring the AWS SDK for Go.

Load GCP credentials

When you specify a GS(Google Cloud Storage) URL in the manifest, requires a GCP credential setting one of below.

  • ServiceAccount
    • requires GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS=[PATH] environment variable.
    • Replace [PATH] with the file path of the JSON file that contains your service account key.
  • DefaultAccount
    • If the environment variable isn't set, load the default service account that Compute Engine provide, for applications that run on those services.

Deployment process


This process is not included in a stretcher agent.

  1. Create a tar(or tar.gz) archive for deployment.
  2. Upload the archive file to remote server (S3 or HTTP(S)).
  3. Create a manifest file (YAML) and upload it to remote server.

Executing with Consul

Create a consul event to kick stretcher agents.

$ consul event -name [event_name] [manifest_url]
$ consul event -name deploy s3://
  • -name: consul event name (specified by consul watch -name)

Executing with Serf

Create a serf user event to kick stretcher agents.

$ serf event [event_name] [manifest_url]
$ serf event deploy s3://
  • event_name: user event name (specified by serf event handler).

Executing as command

Stretcher can read a manifest URL from stdin simply.

$ echo s3:// | stretcher

You can execute stretcher via ssh or any other methods.

Deployment process

A stretcher agent executes a following process.

  1. Receive a manifest URL as Consul/Serf event's payload.
  2. Get a manifest.
  3. Get src URL and store it to a temporary file, and Check checksum.
  4. Invoke pre commands.
  5. Extract src archive to a temporary directory.
  6. Sync files from extracted archive to dest directory.
  • use rsync -a --delete or mv
  • sync strategy is switched by sync_strategy
  1. Invoke post commands.
  • Invoke success commands when the deployment process succeeded.
  • Invoke failure commands when the deployment process failed.

Manifest spec


Source archive URL.

  • URL schema: 's3', 'http', 'file'
  • Format: 'tar', 'tar.gz'


Checksum of source archive.

  • Type: 'md5', 'sha1', 'sha256', 'sha512'
checksum: e0840daaa97cd2cf2175f9e5d133ffb3324a2b93


Destination directory.

dest: /home/stretcher/app


Destination directory mode. Default: 0755

dest_mode: 0711

Destination directory mode will be set as...

  1. src archive includes . => same as . in the archive.
  2. src archive does not include . => dest_mode


  • pre: Commands which will be invoked at before src archive extracted.
  • post: Commands which will be invoked at after dest directory synced.
  • success: Commands which will be invoked at deployment process is succeeded.
  • failure: Commands which will be invoked at deployment process is failed.
    - echo 'staring deploy'
    - echo 'deploy done'
    - echo 'deploy success'
    - echo 'deploy failed!!'
    - cat >> /path/to/failure.log

stretcher agent logs will be passed to STDIN of success and failure commands.


Pass to rsync --exclude arguments.

  - "*.pid"
  - "*.socket"


Pass to rsync --exclude-from arguments. The file must be included in src archive.

exclude_from: exclude.list


A strategy for syncing src extracted directory to dest directory.

  • rsync: Default
    • Use rsync(1) command with option -av --delete
  • mv
    • Use os.Rename() of Golang.
    • Deployment will be failed if dest directory is already exists.


  • tar
  • rsync

tar and rsync must be exist in PATH environment.

If you use stretcher under systemd, You can see unfinished stdout with journald. You should add RateLimitBurst=0 into /etc/systemd/journald.conf for getting stdout completely.

Commands execution only mode

If src is not defined in a manifest, Stretcher runs pre/post and success/failure commands simply.


The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2014 FUJIWARA Shunichiro / (c) 2014 KAYAC Inc.

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