Part 1 described how I create and deploy new Rails applications quickly with preconfigured preferences. In the this part I will describe how to set up https for rails production with free ssl certificates, integrate rails app with Slack and how to put in place monitoring with Sentry.

Get SSL certificates for HTTPS

  1. Install letsencrypt: sudo apt-get install letsencrypt
  2. Get the certificates: sudo letsencrypt certonly --webroot -w /var/www/html -d
  3. Configure nginx to use the certs
upstream puma {
  server unix:///home/deployer/apps/botista-production/shared/tmp/sockets/botista-puma.sock;

server {
  listen 80;
  listen [::]:80;
  return 301 https://$host$request_uri;

server {
  listen 443 ssl;

  listen [::]:443 ssl;
  ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/;
  ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/;

  root /home/deployer/apps/botista-production/current/public;
  access_log /home/deployer/apps/botista-production/current/log/nginx.access.log;
  error_log /home/deployer/apps/botista-production/current/log/nginx.error.log info;

  location ^~ /assets/ {
    gzip_static on;
    expires max;
    add_header Cache-Control public;

  try_files $uri/index.html $uri @puma;
  location @puma {
    proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
    proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
    proxy_redirect off;

    proxy_pass http://puma;

  error_page 500 502 503 504 /500.html;
  client_max_body_size 10M;
  keepalive_timeout 10;

Integrate with Slack

I have seen the following pattern in various places: whenever there is a deploy,

  • People ask in chat whether it’s ok to deploy
  • They will announce when they start
  • Then they’ll say that they are finished

Most of this can reliably be reliably automated with Capistrano+Slack integration.


  1. Create incoming webhook url for the application
  2. Add slackistrano to your project

If you don’t want to share the slack incoming webhook url (e.g. in public projects), it’s easy to use rvm’s environment variable loading by creating .ruby-env to the project’s root with SLACK_OPS_WEBHOOK_URL=<your token> and reading the url from environment variable in deploy.rb like:set :slackistrano, channel: '#ops', webhook: ENV['SLACK_OPS_WEBHOOK_URL']

I found easiest to load the .ruby-env file with Dotenv gem by adding the following to config/application.rb:

require 'dotenv'

When using capistrano, then the release folder changes with each deploy, so adding the following task helped me:

  desc 'Copy environment variables file to current'
  task :set_up_environment_variables do
    on roles(:all) do |_|
      env_vars_for_stage = "#{ENV['PROJECT_REMOTE_CONFIGS']}/#{fetch(:stage)}/ruby-env"
      ruby_env_in_current = "#{fetch(:release_path)}/.ruby-env"
      upload! env_vars_for_stage, ruby_env_in_current

Setting up monitoring

I have used with great success. They have clear instruction on how to set up Sentry for rails

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