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is there any way to easily update a plugin installed on multiple sites from a github repo. I know I can do it from the command line of each server using git pull. but is there a way to do it from the wordpress admin similar to how plugins are updated?

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i imagine you could do this with the github api. maybe have a look at this plugin, which uses the api to grab some data from github. – Milo Jun 10 '11 at 18:55
thanks for the link. i'm just wondering if there is an easy way or an existing plugin. i'd rather not have to code it myself. – dwenaus Jun 10 '11 at 20:44
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I wrote a PHP class that allows a plugin developer to incorporate updates from GitHub within their plugin. Here's a link for it -> https://github.com/jkudish/WordPress-GitHub-Plugin-Updater

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Thanks, this is what I was looking for. – dwenaus Jan 3 '12 at 9:25

Have a look at this , it's a github supported theme updater, would be very easy to make it plugin friendly I figure. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-updater/

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this looks pretty darn close. do you know if it works with plugins? – dwenaus Jun 13 '11 at 15:29

I recently wrote up a post about deploying an entire WordPress site with a few custom plugins and theme to multiple servers using Capistrano. You could probably do the same for just the single plugin repo.

There's a bunch of good posts out there for the step-by-step details on getting Capistrano going for WordPress.

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Capistrano looks pretty cool, but not really what I'm after. I'm looking for something that will work from the wp admin. +1 anyway :) – dwenaus Jun 13 '11 at 15:28

Check out this plugin updater class for WordPress: https://github.com/jkudish/WordPress-GitHub-Plugin-Updater

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The solution I eventually found was to use a deployment service such as http://deployhq.com and http://deploy.phpfog.com. The nice thing about these services is that you can easily rollback to any commit

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