CI/CD for PHP
Buddy lets you create delivery pipelines that will build, test and deploy your PHP application on a single push to a branch. The pipeline consists of actions that you can configure depending on your needs.
This guide is also available as a video tutorial here:
Configuration is very easy and takes only a couple of minutes.
1. Select your Git repository
Buddy supports all popular Git hosting providers, including GitHub, Bitbucket and GitLab. You can also use your own private Git server or host code directly on Buddy.
2. Add a new delivery pipeline
Enter the pipeline's name, select the trigger mode, and define the branch from which Buddy will fetch your code:
Branch assignment — this is the branch from which Buddy will deploy. If you set the trigger mode to On push, Buddy will execute the pipeline upon every push to that branch.
- Manual (on click) – recommended for Production
- On push (automatic) – recommended for Development
- Recurrently (on time interval) – recommended for Staging/Testing
3. Add actions
Buddy lets you choose from dozens of predefined actions. In this example, we'll add 5 actions that will perform the following tasks:
- Download Composer dependencies and run unit tests
- Compile assets with Gulp
- Upload code to server together with compiled assets
- Run db migrations
- Send notification to Slack
3.1 Test your PHP application
Look up and click the PHP action to configure it. Here you can choose the version of PHP and determine the commands to execute. The default commands are:
composer install phpunit$$
If your tests require a database to run, you can attach it in the Services tab:
3.2 Run Gulp tasks
Next, add the Gulp action that will compile your assets and minify the code (you can find it in the Build Tools & Task Runners section).
Buddy supports Grunt and NPM tasks, too. In general, you're able to perform any operation that you need.
3.3 Deploy application to server
Now the application needs to be uploaded to the server. Head to the Transfer section and select your action (SFTP in our case):
When adding the action you can choose what and where should be uploaded:
Buddy's deployment is based on changesets. This means only changed files are deployed, which makes it lightning fast ⚡️.
3.4 Run db migrations
Once the app is deployed, you can run additional commands on your server with the SSH action:
Enter the commands to execute and configure authentication details:
3.5 Send notification to Slack
You can configure Buddy to send your team a message after the deployment. In this example we'll use Slack:
If you add this action to Actions run on failure, Buddy will only send a message if something went wrong with your build or deployment.
Congratulations! You have just automated your entire delivery process. Make a push to the selected branch and watch Buddy fetch, build, and deploy your project. With Continuous Delivery applied, you can now focus on what's really important: developing awesome apps! 🔥
Bear in mind that this article is only a brief example of what Buddy can do. You can create additional pipelines for staging and production environments, integrate with your favorite services (AWS, Google, Azure), trigger tests on pull requests, build Docker images, and push them to the registry—the possibilities are unlimited.
If you want us to create a delivery pipeline for your project, drop a line to email@example.com – we'll be happy to help!