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Capistrano vs Fabric: What are the differences?

Capistrano: A remote server automation and deployment tool written in Ruby. Capistrano is a remote server automation tool. It supports the scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks, and includes a set of sane-default deployment workflows; Fabric: Simple, Pythonic remote execution and deployment. Fabric is a Python (2.5-2.7) library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks It provides a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands (normally or via sudo) and uploading/downloading files, as well as auxiliary functionality such as prompting the running user for input, or aborting execution..

Capistrano and Fabric can be categorized as "Server Configuration and Automation" tools.

"Automated deployment with several custom recipes" is the primary reason why developers consider Capistrano over the competitors, whereas "Python" was stated as the key factor in picking Fabric.

Capistrano and Fabric are both open source tools. Fabric with 11.4K GitHub stars and 1.72K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Capistrano with 11.1K GitHub stars and 1.72K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Capistrano has a broader approval, being mentioned in 295 company stacks & 81 developers stacks; compared to Fabric, which is listed in 147 company stacks and 38 developer stacks.

What is Capistrano?

Capistrano is a remote server automation tool. It supports the scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks, and includes a set of sane-default deployment workflows.

What is Fabric?

Fabric is a Python (2.5-2.7) library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks. It provides a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands (normally or via sudo) and uploading/downloading files, as well as auxiliary functionality such as prompting the running user for input, or aborting execution.
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      What are some alternatives to Capistrano and Fabric?
      Shipit
      Shipit is an automation engine and a deployment tool written for node / iojs. Shipit was built to be a Capistrano alternative for people who don't know ruby, or who experienced some issues with it. If you want to write tasks in JavaScript and enjoy the node ecosystem, Shipit is also for you.
      Docker
      The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
      Ansible
      Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
      Chef
      Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.
      Jenkins
      In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
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      Decisions about Capistrano and Fabric
      Kir Shatrov
      Kir Shatrov
      Production Engineer at Shopify · | 13 upvotes · 64.1K views
      atShopifyShopify
      kubernetes-deploy
      kubernetes-deploy
      Shipit
      Shipit
      Heroku
      Heroku
      Capistrano
      Capistrano
      #BuildTestDeploy
      #ContainerTools
      #ApplicationHosting
      #PlatformAsAService

      Shipit, our deployment tool, is at the heart of Continuous Delivery at Shopify. Shipit is an orchestrator that runs and tracks progress of any deploy script that you provide for a project. It supports deploying to Rubygems, Pip, Heroku and Capistrano out of the box. For us, it's mostly kubernetes-deploy or Capistrano for legacy projects.

      We use a slightly tweaked GitHub flow, with feature development going in branches and the master branch being the source of truth for the state of things in production. When your PR is ready, you add it to the Merge Queue in ShipIt. The idea behind the Merge Queue is to control the rate of code that is being merged to master branch. In the busy hours, we have many developers who want to merge the PRs, but at the same time we don't want to introduce too many changes to the system at the same time. Merge Queue limits deploys to 5-10 commits at a time, which makes it easier to identify issues and roll back in case we notice any unexpected behaviour after the deploy.

      We use a browser extension to make Merge Queue play nicely with the Merge button on GitHub:

      Both Shipit and kubernetes-deploy are open source, and we've heard quite a few success stories from companies who have adopted our flow.

      #BuildTestDeploy #ContainerTools #ApplicationHosting #PlatformAsAService

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      How developers use Capistrano and Fabric
      Avatar of Pēteris Caune
      Pēteris Caune uses FabricFabric

      We use Fabric for automating deployment and maintenance tasks: bootstrapping and updating application servers (using the "rolling update" pattern), pulling logs from the servers, running manage.py maintenance commands.

      Avatar of Alec Cunningham
      Alec Cunningham uses FabricFabric

      Automate everything! I have fabfiles for testing, bootstrapping, deployment, and building. Easy to customize and its pure python.

      Avatar of Cyrus Stoller
      Cyrus Stoller uses CapistranoCapistrano

      For deploying to a VPS like DigitalOcean. This pairs nicely with https://github.com/cyrusstoller/gardenbed.

      Avatar of GeniusLink
      GeniusLink uses CapistranoCapistrano

      Deployment automation all of the websites and apps are deployed to linux via capistrano.

      Avatar of Nick De Cooman
      Nick De Cooman uses CapistranoCapistrano

      Before Docker, I used Capistrano to deploy all web projects.

      Avatar of douglasresende
      douglasresende uses CapistranoCapistrano

      I use do make deploy my applications into many servers.

      Avatar of Cyril Duchon-Doris
      Cyril Duchon-Doris uses CapistranoCapistrano

      Deployment to remote AWS auto-scaled infrastructure.

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      Undisclosed, Do Not Contact or Spam Please uses FabricFabric

      App beta deployment and crash logging.

      Avatar of Veggie Sailor
      Veggie Sailor uses FabricFabric

      Almost everything ;) Deployment etc

      Avatar of InstaGIS
      InstaGIS uses FabricFabric

      Command line deploys

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