Installing a Gem on Scalingo from a Private Git Repository
You may want to use a gem in your app which is private and stored in a custom Git repository. Note that if this repository is on GitHub, you should follow the page specific to it. Otherwise, if you’re using Gitlab, Bitbucket or your own server, you’re at the right place.
Create a Git wrapper
bin directory of your project create a file named
git-ssh with the following content:
#!/bin/bash if [ ! -e "$HOME/.pkey" ] ; then echo "$(echo $PKEY | base64 -d)" > "$HOME/.pkey" chmod 400 "$HOME/.pkey" fi ssh -i "$HOME/.pkey" -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no $1 $2
Make it executable by running
chmod on it:
chmod +x bin/git-ssh
This script should be used as a SSH wrapper by Git, to do so you must define
GIT_SSH environment variable which is automatically used by the
scalingo env-set GIT_SSH=git-ssh
Set the private SSH key in the app environment
The script expect a private key stored in an environment variable named
PKEY in base64.
scalingo env-set "PKEY=$(cat private_key | base64 -w 0)"
Obviously, this key should have the permission to clone your private gem repository.
Gemfile: use the SSH URL
The gems you want to checkout should be defined in your
Gemfile with the following syntax:
gem "name-of-gem", git: "email@example.com:namespace/private-gem.git"
That’s it everything is ready to pull out your private gems during the deployment of your application.
bundlergem will call the
gitexecutable to get the gems
gitbinary is the reading the environment variable
GIT_SSHto use a custom SSH wrapper
- The wrapper dynamically prepare the private key to authenticate to ssh connection