If you are managing Rack applications on your server and use RVM to work with several versions of Ruby, that you use either Passenger-Standalone or Thin, Ruploy can help you.

Ruploy can generate init.d scripts to start/restart/stop your Rack applications like any service.


gem install ruploy


Ruploy comes with two commands, generate and deploy.


The generate command is the one in charge of generating init.d scripts. It take one parameter which is the name of the script you want to create. All other parameters will be given to the server script as options.

You can pass several options to generate. If an option is missing, ruploy will enter interactive mode to ask you what it needs. If you want to use the default values for the options you didn't provided, use the --use-defaults option.

  • --name NAME Name of your application (default: current directory name)
  • --directory PATH Root path of the application (default: current directory)
  • --address HOST Bind to HOST address (default:
  • --port NUMBER Use the given port number (default: 3000)
  • --environment ENV Framework environment (default: production)
  • --user USERNAME User to run as. Ignored unless running as root (default: www-data)
  • --log-file FILENAME Where to write log messages (default: /var/log/rack-$PROCNAME-$PORT.log)
  • --pid-file FILENAME Where to store the PID file (default: /var/lock/rack-$PROCNAME-$PORT)
  • --server-type SERVER Server type, can be "thin" or "passenger" (default: thin)
  • --dependencies DEPS Dependencies of the init script (default: apache2)
  • --independent Print the generic code in the file instead of including it
  • --use-defaults Do not ask for missing informations and use default values

Here is an example of ruploy generate usage :

$ ruploy generate my-script                \
    --name              MyApp              \
    --directory         /path/to/my/app    \
    --address             \
    --port              4242               \
    --environment       development        \
    --user              some-user          \
    --log-file          /var/log/myapp.log \
    --pid-file          /var/lock/myapp    \
    --server-type       passenger          \
    --dependencies      "apache2 mysql"

We could do exactly the same thing with the interactive mode (hitting <return> will use the default value) :

$ ruploy generate my-script
name |ruploy| MyApp
address ||
port |3000| 4242
directory |/home/simonc/ruby/ruploy| /path/to/my/app
environment |production| development
log_file |/var/log/rack-$PROCNAME-$PORT.log| /var/log/myapp.log
pid_file |/var/lock/rack-$PROCNAME-$PORT| /var/lock/myapp
user |www-data| some-user
dependencies |apache2| apache2 mysql
server_type |thin| passenger
options |--daemonize|

You may have notice the options question. You can pass here any additionnal option, it will be passed to the server commande (passenger or thin). Any argument on the command-line (except for the first one) will be added to this list.

The two previous examples would generate the following init.d script :

#! /bin/sh
# Provides:          myapp
# Required-Start:    $remote_fs $syslog
# Required-Stop:     $remote_fs $syslog
# Should-Start:      apache2 mysql
# Should-Stop:       apache2 mysql
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: Start/Stop MyApp
# Description:       Manage the actions related to the passenger instance of MyApp
#                    you can use start, stop, restart and status



. "/Users/happynoff/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290@ruploy/gems/ruploy-0.0.1/data/"

If you just want to change some variables but not all, use the --use-defaults option :

$ ruploy --name HelloWorld --directory /some/path --use-defaults


The deploy command links your script in /etc/init.d and then calls update-rc.d.

It takes two parameters. The first one is the script name, the second is the service name you want to use and is optional :

$ ruploy deploy my-script service-name
Deploying service-name... [OK]

$ ruploy deploy my-script
Deploying my-script... [OK]


Feel free to fork Ruploy and make pull requests !

Raise issues if you have any problem or feature requests.