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Display git revision in your Rails application footer

It’s always nice to know which version of your code is deployed. When your product owner discovers a bug in your staging/test instance especially, you want to know “what version was that?”. Or, more importantly, “who checked in and deployed that code?!”.

In our apps, we’ve taken to adding the git revision and Rails environment to our application footers. We use a four-tier system (DEV, TST, ENT, and PRD) so knowing which environment your app is running in sometimes gets confusing. Our template system includes a partial that includes both of these bits of info:

git revision footer screenshot

Each of our Rails apps include an intitializer that grabs the REVISION file that capistrano creates during a deploy:

# config/initializers/git_revision.rb

# Get the deployed git revision to display in the footer
module Git
  REVISION = File.exists?(File.join(Rails.root, 'REVISION')) ? File.open(File.join(Rails.root, 'REVISION'), 'r') { |f| GIT_REVISION = f.gets.chomp } : nil
  VERSION = File.exists?(File.join(Rails.root, 'VERSION')) ? File.open(File.join(Rails.root, 'VERSION'), 'r') { |f| GIT_VERSION = f.gets.chomp } : nil
end

If you don’t use capistrano, you can always shell out to git (like we do to grab the short SHA1):

# config/initializers/git_revision.rb

# Get the deployed git revision to display in the footer
module Git
  REVISION = `SHA1=$(git rev-parse --short HEAD 2> /dev/null); if [ $SHA1 ]; then echo $SHA1; else echo 'unknown'; fi`.chomp
  VERSION = `VERSION=$(git describe --tags 2> /dev/null); if [ $VERSION ]; then echo $VERSION; else echo 'unknown'; fi`.chomp
end

Then you can include an application partial with content like this:

# app/views/shared/_version.html.erb

Revision <%= link_to Git::REVISION, "https://github.com/blah/project/commit/#{Git::REVISION}" %>@<%= Rails.env %>
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