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Sample post-receive hook that will "update" another folder (such as a web root) on your server after a `git push` to the master branch
while read oldrev newrev ref
if [[ $ref =~ .*/master$ ]];
echo "Master branch received. Deploying master branch to production..."
git --work-tree=/home3/themes/whatever/web/root --git-dir=/home3/whatever.git checkout -f
# You can put other commands here like `npm install`
echo "Ref $ref successfully received. Thanks and have a great day!"
// In GitHub, when setting up the webhook, use: "Content type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded"
if (!empty($_GET['p']) && $_GET['p'] == 'hippo') { // this makes the script *slightly* more obscure
if ($_POST['payload']) {
try {
$payload = json_decode($_POST['payload']);
} catch(Exception $e) {
file_put_contents('git.log', PHP_EOL.'*****An error occured getting the post payload from Github on: '.date('F j, Y, g:i a').PHP_EOL.PHP_EOL, FILE_APPEND);
file_put_contents('git.log', '--- Post payload push recieved: '.$payload->commits[0]->timestamp.' ---'.PHP_EOL, FILE_APPEND);
if ($payload->ref === 'refs/heads/master') {
`git fetch --all`;
`git reset --hard origin/master`;
file_put_contents('git.log', 'Master branch deployed to production. Log message: '.$payload->commits[0]->message.PHP_EOL, FILE_APPEND);
} else {
file_put_contents('git.log', 'The push from GitHub was to a branch other than master.'.PHP_EOL, FILE_APPEND);
} else {
file_put_contents('git.log', PHP_EOL.'*****This scipt was touched, but no post payload was sent. On this date: '.date('F j, Y, g:i a').PHP_EOL.PHP_EOL, FILE_APPEND);
} // no POST "payload" variable sent. check that repo is set to send 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded' data.
} // check if we have GET var 'hippo'

Push to Deploy

  1. On your server cd /your/projects/root/.git/hooks
  2. Get the post-receive file from this Gist. wget
  3. Make sure the file can be executed: chmod +x post-receive
  4. Edit the paths in the file, relating them to your own project.

This repository also has a PHP version (post-receive.php) that you could use with a GitHub webhook. Make sure to exclude that file in your .gitignore file if you decide to use it.

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