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Looking to deploy a CakePHP application you've built? Capcake extends Capistrano, removing the rails-ism, replacing them by more cake-ish ones.


If you don't have Capistrano and/or Capcake already installed (basically, just the 1st time):

# gem install capistrano
# gem install capcake -s

For every application you'll want to deploy:

# cd /path/to/app && capify .

This will create the following files in your project (don't forget to commit them!):


Prepend your config/deploy.rb with the following lines:

require 'rubygems'
require 'capcake'

You should then be able to proceed as you would usually. To familiarize yourself with the now modified list of tasks, you can get a full list with:

$ cap -T


Before continuing, some changes to config/deploy.rb are necessary. First, your project's name:

set :application, "your_app_name"

Next, setting up the Git repository (make sure it's accessible by both your local machine and server your are deploying to):

set :repository, ""

Now, to deploy from Git, and by following GitHub's suggestion (they must know what they are talking about), add a user (defaults to deployer by capcake's recipe) to your server(s) just for deployments. In this example, I will be using SSH keys instead of getting a Git password prompt. Local user's SSH key must be added to deployer's ~/.ssh/authorized_keys for this to work as described.

ssh_options[:forward_agent] = true

We need to tell it where to deploy, using what methods:

server "www.domain.tld", :app, :db, :primary => true

And finally, some CakePHP related settings:

set :cake_branch, "1.3.0-alpha"

For this to work, deployer's SSH keys must be added to the Chaw.

You can change the default values for the following variables also:

set :cake_branch, "1.2"
set :cake_path, "/path/to"
set :user, "your_username"
set :branch, "tag"


The first time you are deploying, you need to run:

# cap deploy:setup

That should create on your server the following directory structure:

[deploy_to]/releases/20091013001122/tmp -> [deploy_to]/shared/tmp
[deploy_to]/current -> [deploy_to]/releases/20091013001122

Finally, deploy:

# cap deploy

To get the most up-to-date list of available tasks, run:

# cap -T

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