Git webhook self-updater for Laravel

v1.0.0-beta4 2014-09-09 16:50 UTC

This package is not auto-updated.

Last update: 2022-11-21 17:37:58 UTC


This provides automatic self-update functionality for Laravel 4.x projects using git with a central git server that supports webhooks (like Github or Gitlab).

What it does

The updater is triggered by a POST request executed by the git server when a push occurs. Once triggered it does:

  1. Checks that the push was to the branch it is configured for
  2. Fire pre-update event listener
  3. Checks tree status to make sure it is clean before pulling
  4. Execute git pull.
  5. Get the current commit hash (for display purposes)
  6. Get the list of commits pulled.
  7. Rebuild optimized class file (clear-compiled, dump-autoload, optimize)
  8. Run all migrations
  9. Fire post-update event listener
  10. Optionally notify of the update status by email


  • Laravel 4.x
  • Your git project in a git repository that has webhooks
  • git installed on the web server


Require this package in your composer.json and run composer update (or run composer require vetruvet/laravel-self-updater:dev-master directly):

"vetruvet/laravel-self-updater": "dev-master"

After updating composer, add the ServiceProvider to the providers array in app/config/app.php



To customize the configuration, run the following command:

$ php artisan config:publish vetruvet/laravel-self-updater

Configuration options:


return array(
    'routes' => array(
        'manual' => '/trigger_update', // url for GET manual trigger      DEFAULT: /trigger_update
        'auto'   => '/trigger_update', // url for POST automatic trigger  DEFAULT: /trigger_update

        'manual_filter' => null, // filter for manual trigger route (e.g. if you want to 'auth.admin' first)  DEFAULT: <none>

    'branch'             => 'master', // branch to listen for pushes for and to pull from  DEFAULT: master
    'site_name'          => null,     // site name - used in various display functions     DEFAULT: $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME']
    'commit_hash_length' => 7,        // length limit for commit hash (0 for full hash)    DEFAULT: 0

  //'email' => false, //false to disable email notifications
    'email' => array(
        // from info for notification email  DEFAULT: as specified in app/config/mail.php; or <site_name> Self Updater <update@$_SERVER['SERVER_NAME']>
        'from'     => array('address' => '', 'name' => 'Sample Self-Updater'),
        'to'       => '', // target for notification email  REQUIRED
        'reply_to' => '',      // reply-to for notification email  DEFAULT: <from>

        //subject can be a static string, or a callback (or either split out into success/failure subject lines)
      //'subject'  => 'Self-Updater was triggered',
      //'subject'  => function($site_name, $success, $commit_hash) { return $site_name . ' Self-Updater ' . ($success ? 'Success: ' . $commit_hash : 'ERROR'); },
        'subject'  => array(
            'success' => 'Self-Updater success', // can also be callback function like above
            'failure' => 'Self-Updater failure',

To customize the update notification email, run the following command:

$ php artisan view:publish vetruvet/laravel-self-updater

Now, set up the webhook in your git server to point to the route specified in the configuration (/trigger_update by default) and you're done!

Event Listeners

Event::listen('self-updater.pre-update', function ($auto) {
    // $auto: boolean whether update was triggered automatically through webhook (POST) or manually (GET)
    // return false; // return false to cancel the update operation.

Event::listen('', function($success, $error, $auto, $git_commit_hash, $sent_email) {
    // $success: boolean success or failure
    // $error: error string if failure, empty string otherwise
    // $auto: boolean whether update was triggered automatically through webhook (POST) or manually (GET)
    // $git_commit_hash: new git commit hash if update was successful, empty string otherwise
    // $sent_email: boolean whether or not a notification email was sent

Planned Features

  • Update composer packages after pull (requires composer.lock to be committed)
  • Restart queue daemon(s) and other background stuff (somehow, no idea how yet).

Feature suggestions are welcome and much appreciated.