Deployment Hooks

What is a deployment hook?

Deployment hooks are actions, or steps, in the deployment process. According to the type of site you set up, default hooks are provided to be able to, at minimum, deploy a basic site of the configured site type. The more complex your app, the more likely you will want to create customized hooks to support your deployment process. For example, maybe you want to backup your database before you make changes to it during the deployment process, you can write a script to do that and enable it with a deployment hook.

Deployment Hooks use bash scripts. Honestly, you can essentially do whatever you want with a custom deployment hook. The possibilities are endless. Just be careful! 😃

Configure and order deployment hooks

A set of deployment hooks are automatically configured depending on the site type. Hooks with a closed lock cannot be modified or re-ordered.

Hooks with the grip icons may be reordered to the order you want the hooks to run during deployment. During deployment, the order of operations is from the top hook to run first, and then run sequentially until the last hook.

Select a hook to configure which server(s) the hook process should run on. You can also disable a hook from running during a deployment by disabling it.

Add a deployment hook

  1. Select Add Hook
  2. Add a name to refer to the hook as
  3. Add the Bash Script that will run when the hook is called during deployment
  4. Select which servers to run the hook on
  5. Select Add to create the new hook.

A list of available variables is displayed at the bottom of the page when adding a new hook.


  • Make use of the list of variables displayed at the bottom of the new hooks page
  • Use {{ releasePath }} to point to what will become the current directory

Default Deployment Hooks

The following are scripts that run with the default hooks.

For Alpas

Build Project

cd "{{ releasePath }}/repo"

{% include './_gradle_cleanup.peb' %}

{{ releasePath }}/repo/gradlew build -x test -p {{ releasePath }}/repo

Install Yarn Packages

cd "{{ releasePath }}"/repo
yarn install

Migrate Database

chmod +x ./alpas
    ./alpas db:migrate

Make Fat Jar

cd "{{ releasePath }}/repo"
{{ releasePath }}/repo/gradlew shadowJar
mv ./app.jar ../

For Laravel / PHP

Install Composer Dependencies

cd "{{ releasePath }}"
composer install --no-dev --no-ansi

Install Composer Dev Dependencies

cd "{{ releasePath }}"
composer install --no-ansi

Install Yarn Packages

cd "{{ releasePath }}"
yarn install

Build Cache

cd "{{ releasePath }}"
php artisan config:cache
php artisan route:cache

Migrate Database

cd {{ releasePath }}
ln -s "{{ projectPath }}/.env" "{{ releasePath }}/.env"
php artisan migrate --force


This an a library of example custom deployment hooks you may want to use.

NPM Install

cd {{ releasePath }} 
npm install

For Alpas apps

Seed Database

cd {{ releasePath }}
chmod +x ./alpas
./alpas db:seed