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A (for now) very opinionated gem which has 3 sections:

  • pipeline/app setup
  • db restore (pull down your heroku database and psql < tmp/latest.db)
  • deploys (push to heroku remotes)

These tasks will use the two following environment variables to determine your staging and production app names:

If these variables aren't present, it will default to the following format: "#{Rails.application.class.parent_name.underscore.gsub('_','-')}-#{environment}"


Setting up an app includes the following free Heroku addons:

  • heroku-postgresql:hobby-dev
  • newrelic:wayne
  • papertrail:choklad
  • rediscloud:30
  • scheduler:standard
  • sendgrid:starter

App name configuration flags and more detailed documentation will come in a later version.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'heroku_ops', group: :development # No need to include this on production or staging

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install heroku_ops


To see an updated list of tasks and descriptions implemented in this gem: bundle exec rake heroku_ops -T heroku_ops

rake db:restore                  # Pull Down a copy of the database from the specified heroku environment
rake db:restore:from_local_dump  # Restore from local dump file (defaults to '/tmp/latest.dump' - specify with DUMP_FILE Environmental Variable)
rake db:restore:local            # Erase local development and test database and restore from the local dump file
rake db:restore:production       # Restore a local copy of Heroku's Production Environment database
rake db:restore:staging          # Restore a local copy of Heroku's Staging Environment database
rake deploy                      # Deploy Safely to Heroku
rake deploy:production           # Deploy to Heroku's Production Environment
rake deploy:production:quick     # Quick Deploy to Production, without running migrations
rake deploy:staging:quick        # Quick Deploy to Staging, without running migrations
rake heroku_ops:pipeline:setup              # Create a pipeline, staging and production applications
rake heroku_ops:pipeline:setup:pipeline     # Setup a pipeline with your applications in the appropriate stages
rake heroku_ops:pipeline:setup:production   # Setup a production app (with addons) and git remote for heroku
rake heroku_ops:pipeline:setup:staging      # Setup a staging app (with addons) and remote for heroku


The db and deploy tasks rely on the following two gems:


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.