[ANN] Webistrano 1.3 released


I’m proud to announce Webistrano 1.3.


Webistrano is a Web UI for managing Capistrano deployments. It lets you
manage projects and their stages like test, production, and staging with
different settings. Those stages can then be deployed with Capistrano
through Webistrano.

The 1.3 adds several new shiny features to Webistrano that make
deployment easier:

 * Better Git support through Capistrano 2.2
 * Support for Phusion Passenger / mod_rails
 * Ability to temporary disable hosts for a deployment
 * A command-line interface with script/deploy
 * A simple permission system

The complete changelog is available through the Webistrano project site.

One very often demanded feature is the ability to temporary disable a
host for a deployment. This is helpful when you want to deploy a stage
without changing the stage configuration even if one or more hosts are
down. Another scenario is when you want to execute a task only on a
limited set of servers.

The script/deploy command is a nice little gem, especially useful if you
want to script Webistrano:

$ ruby script/deploy
Usage: deploy [options] project stage
-h, --help This message
-e, --environment=ENV RAILS_ENV for Webistrano (default:
-u, --username=NAME Webistrano username to use
(default: admin)
-t, --task=NAME Capistrano task to invoke
(default: deploy)
-d, --description=TEXT Deployment comment for Webistrano

Further, Webistrano now offers built-in tasks for managing mod_rails
deployments. It will override the default deploy tasks and ask for the
necessary configuration entries so that using mod_rails becomes even

Webistrano 1.3 can be downloaded here.


Webistrano is BSD-licensed and the project site is open for everybody.
Please see the project page for more documentation and screenshots.
There are even some screencasts.



Jonathan W.

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