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What is it?

Stack updater check dependencies and updates your app stack in a simplest way. This is DevOps tool for lazy programmers. Only json and bash file configure you needs. This application allows you to deploy you projects and not worry about breaking your project due to outdated package on server.

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Sometimes your app doesn't work after deploying it on server. You worked hard to debug your code but it turned out that the problem was in an obsolete software on the server. Crap!!!

Sounds Familiar?

That`s why my main criteria:

  • To make package dependencies checking easier.
  • To provide an easy package installation tool when it's necessary.
  • Being simple and scalable.

How does it work?

When you are called python ./updater check, the script does following:

  • Read all json recipes from recipes folder.
  • Then execute command prop value from json object (example /usr/bin/php -r 'echo phpversion();'). Command must return version number of package or module (nothing more!!!).
  • Then this value is compared with required prop value and return result.

Also, if you call python ./updater install, after checking, script will try to execute installer filename from recipes subdirectory with the same name as recipe filename.

Why not Puppet, Chef, SaltStack or Ansible?

I've been asked why just not simply use Puppet, Chef, SaltStack or Ansible? That tools are perfect. I've used Puppet and Chef in the past, it does everything you want it to do, that's a given. But all of these products are required a lot of DevOps's knowledge and use master-agent model.

I'm just a programmer! Sometimes I want simply write rules or recipes to check dependencies and install package from "Googling Stackoverflow" (write simple bash files). Stack updater aims to be as simple as possible by providing simple recipes and Github Gist add-on system.

Also I love Python and it's installed out the box on most linux distributions ;)

Getting started


  • Python (version 2.7 and above)


  • Install or create recipes on developer machine
  • Copy stack updater with recipe directory to destination machine (server for example). You can copy with developer repo or install in opt directory
  • configure your deploy or provision process to run this script

If dependencies check failed stack updater exit with code 1

Case study

  • Vagrant init scrips (after vagrant up or vagrant provision)
  • Update software on server before deploy in Capistrano

Running the application

python ./updater [-h] {get,install,check} [gist_id|recipe_dir]

Command line options

Command line option Params Description
check Recipes directory Check application dependencies. If empty - get recipes from «recipe» directory inside updater
install Trying to install newer package version if needed (by checking)
get Github Gist id Download new recipe from Gist
--verbose(-v) With this flag you can see on the display(not in the log file) triggered command output
--help(-h) Command line usage

Install recipes from Gist

Not recommended on production!!!

If the recipe is in a gist file, you can use the following command python ./updater get GIST_ID, and it will copy all the files in needed place. Be sure to check out the gist's README to see if you need to do any extra configuration.

Save as system command

Try to create symlink to executable file Execute from script directory

Note: Script created for all type of OS, but this instructions only for Debian-like system. Such as:

  • Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu
  • Debian
  • Linux Mint
  • etc
chmod u+x updater
sudo ln -s updater /usr/bin


Log files are in /var/log/stack-updater directory (if global_log is true) otherwise in log directory inside updater. Current log in updater.log file. Note that you can`t see triggered command output (they are all in log file), only script output.

Native and Third party recipes

This is a list of user submitted Stack updater recipes you can see in wiki Cookbook.


Stack updater can be extensively configured via the recipes in folder recipes.

  • Add new json file like recipes/recipe.json.example. Filename is not important. Only json ending
  • Add bash executable for package installation if needed and put it in folder with same name as recipe.
  • Comparison rules are simple, but if you want to customize them, see app/helpers/


All contributions are more than welcome; especially new recipes!

The easiest way to share a recipe is to create a gist with the required files. Be sure to include a README with some instructions on how to use it.

The Laravel 5.2 recipe is a great example.

When you're ready, add your widget, a package list for it and supported Linux distro to the table above. Please keep the list in alphabetical order.

Recipes and log filesystem

├── updater #entry point
├── recipes
│    ├── recipe.json
│    ├── recipe #same name as recipe linked for
│    │    ├── #executable packet installer
│    │    ├──
│    │    └── ...
│    ├── another_recipe.json
│    └── ...
├── log
│    ├── updater.log #current log
│    ├── updater.log.2016-03-09_21-48-51 # for example
│    └── ...
├── stackupdater #app folder
├── docs #for auto-generated HTML documentation ([Sphinx](, [ReadTheDocs](
├── resources #any additional files
└── ...


Distributed under the MIT license

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