Install git on the remote server (if it is not already).
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install git
Create an SSH key pair (locally):
ssh-keygen -C "email@example.com"
Accept the default file to save the key. If a passphrase is entered, it would have to be entered every time during ‘
git push‘. The following two files would be created in ~/.ssh/
id_rsa.pub (public key)
Create an authorized_keys file (if it is not present) on the remote server in ~/.ssh/ for the SSH daemon to accept the key:
Copy the local SSH ID/key to the remote server’s authorized_keys in ~/.ssh/ as:
It would prompt for the passphrase if it was entered while generating the key (using ssh-keygen).
Create a local git repository, in a project directory (say ~/project01) that needs to be uploaded to the server. Then create a file in it to test the git transfer later:
echo 'testing deployment via git' > example.txt
On the remote server, initialise a bare repository in a directory (say ~/project01.git):
mkdir ~/project01.git && cd ~/project01.git
git init --bare
Set up a
post-receive hook for ~/project01.git on the remote server, to ‘checkout’ the git files into a remote project directory (say ~/project01, as the local):
Enter the following script code in this
git checkout -f master
chmod +x ~/project01.git/hooks/post-receive
Set up remote origin to the server (bare) repository, at the local end:
git remote add origin user@remoteServerIP:project01.git
Stage the content of the local repository and commit it:
git add example.txt
git commit -m "New sample file to test git transfer"
Push the sample file to the server, setting the remote as upstream:
git push --set-upstream origin master
The file should be available on the remote server at ~/project01 (created earlier).
Note: It is recommended against using git as a deployment tool, for reasons as it does not track permissions. Read here.