Capistrano Remote


Every so often you need to look at your production data or otherwise run some manual maintenance tasks in your production Rails application.

Sure, you could SSH to the server, find the proper path, and remember the correct invocation for your rails console, but we already have an SSH automation tool; Capistrano.

This gem adds tasks to Capistrano that lets you run rake tasks or start a Rails console or dbconsole on your servers without manually SSH'ing:


Rails console

$ cap production remote:console
Loading production environment (Rails 4.2.4)

Rails database console

$ cap production remote:dbconsole
psql (9.3.5)
SSL connection (cipher: DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA, bits: 256)
Type "help" for help.


Rake tasks

$ cap production remote:rake task=about
About your application's environment
Rails version   
Ruby version              2.3.0-p0 (x86_64-linux)


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem "capistrano-remote", :require => false

And this to your Capfile:

require "capistrano/remote"

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install capistrano-remote


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.