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Manage your blog posts from a GIT repo and use continuous deployment to auto publish/update them

04/2023 UPDATE: While the overall idea of the blog post remains unchanged and is still relevant, I no longer recommend to use Travis. Instead use Github Actions (or if you're not using Github, any other CI runner of your choice). The template repo has been updated to use Github Actions. Feel free to read this blog post to get the main idea but then head over to the template repo for a more up to date step by step guide.

Have you ever wished that you had a monorepo (*1 ) containing all of your posts on GitHub and once you merge an update into the master branch they would just automatically be updated on

1) or multiple repositories, it doesn't matter 😃

Then you'll be pleased with what's coming, otherwise I'll let you know why you might want that in the next section.

Why would I want to put all my blog posts on a git repo?

  • Don't be afraid of messing up one of your articles while editing it
  • Same good practices as when you're developing (format, make commits, have a history of your changes, compare when editing, etc)
  • Use prettier to format the markdown and all the code snippets
  • Let people contribute to your article by creating a PR against it (tired of comments going sideways because of some typos? Just let people know they can make a PR at the end of your blog post)
  • Create code examples close to your blog post and make sure they're correct thanks to Embedme (*1)

*1: Embedme allows you to write code in actual files rather than into a Markdown file and then will inject the code for you where needed.

If you prefer not to use Prettier or Embedme, you can do so by simply removing them but I think it's a nice thing to have!

Is it long to setup?

No more than a few minutes. Probably 3 to 5 minutes top, from scratch to automatically deploying an update on one of your blog posts on using this new setup 🔥!

Show me how to set it up!

You can choose whether you want to integrate this workflow into an existing repository or using a template I've made to simplify the process of starting from scratch.

In this blog post we will focus on getting started using the template but reading this you'll realise how easy it would be to integrate in your own workflow.

Main steps:

  • 1. Copy the template
  • 2. Create a token
  • 3. Pass that token to Travis CI
  • 4. Put your blog post(s) into your new repository

1. Copy the template

Go to and copy the template:

Copy the template repository

Set the name of the repository as you wish and the description too:

Define the name, description and visibility of the repository

(note: if you want to use the free instance of Travis to continuously deploy your blog posts, the repository has to be public)

Once your repository has been generated, you should see something like the following:

Generated repository

2. Create a token

Go to and give a name to the token so you can remember where you're using it:

Generate a dev to token

Keep the page open for now.

3. Pass that token to Travis

Edit: 8th of July 2020

Beeman has written a great post on to use Github Actions:

The main advantage of Github Actions over Travis is that you can get 2000mn of free time if the repo is private (which should be more than enough!).

While we'll be focusing on how to use Travis as our CI, do check Beeman's article if you prefer to use Github Actions! =)

Go to

As the GitHub repository has just been created, Travis may not see the repo yet. If that's the case, click on the left on the "Sync account" button to force the refresh of your repositories.

Travis sync account and repositories

Once that's done you should be able to find your project and you'll need to click on the toggle button on the right to activate it:

Travis activate the repository

You can now click on "settings".

We now need to pass the token to Travis. Within the "environment variables" section, define a new one called DEV_TO_GIT_TOKEN. Go back to the tab where you've generated the token, copy it and paste it into the "value" input.

Pass the dev to token to Travis

Once ready, click on the "add" button.

4. Put your blog post(s) into your new repository

First thing that you need to do is make sure that your package.json defines a property repository.url. It should look like this one: with your own username/repository name. It will be used to retrieve your article images from there.

Then, notice that there's a dev-to-git.json at the root of the project. This is where we will be managing the blog posts we want to publish.

That json file should contain an array, and every entry should have 2 fields: id and relativePathToArticle.


    "id": 133785,
    "relativePathToArticle": "./blog-posts/manage-dev-to-blog-posts-with-continuous-deployment/"
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There's no easy way to manage the creation of an article (yet?) but it's a quick / one time thing. Go to and click at the top on the "write a post" button. Write a title (that can be updated later) and press the "Save Draft" button. This way the article is not published yet and only available to you.

As doesn't display the ID of a blog post on the page itself, I've made a small query to find it into the page. Open your browser console on the page of your article and paste the following:

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This will give you the ID of the post to put into dev-to-git.json.

Your blog post should have a "front matter" header. For example, the one of the blog post I'm currently writing is:

published: false
title: "Manage your blog posts from a GIT repo and use continuous deployment to auto publish/update them"
cover_image: ""
tags: devto, publication, blogpost, continuousdeployment, github, travis
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This means that you can manage all of those attributes directly from your blog post written in Markdown. How cool is that?

Finally, all the local images links are rewritten to become remote ones that points to the files on GitHub. Yes, even your images can be part of your versioning process 🙌!

Thanks for reading

Don't be shy, let me know what you think of this project in the comments ☺️. Do you like it? Will you consider using it? If not, I'd love to know what's missing to make it work better for you, with your workflow.

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We have a hackday every first Friday of the month and it's during the last one that I decided to work on this project. I've open sourced an npm module called dev-to-git that handles most of the heavy work to read and publish on (which is used by the template repository).

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Top comments (61)

protium profile image

This is a really good idea with great potential. Image a standarized API for different blogs. You can automatize publishing and editing, multiple collaborators. And use a git provider as unique source of content.

And you can also make your git repo as some sort of blog. I'll use it for my next posts for sure.


maxime1992 profile image

Hi Brian,

This is a really good idea with great potential

Thanks! I do intend to push it further and someone else plans to help me out :)!

Image a standarized API for different blogs

That was the original purpose. But I realized it wouldn't fit into a hackday so I decided to get the project up and running with support for only one "publisher" ( My original though was that I'd build something completely abstract and we could choose for one article to publish on multiple "publisher" at the same time (, medium, etc).

And you can also make your git repo as some sort of blog


I'll use it for my next posts for sure.

Awesome, glad to hear that! =)

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Fernando B 🚀

Check out my git jekyll blog takes less than a few minutes to setup.


protium profile image

It's been almost 3 years since my comment. I ended up building this github action:

And here the article I wrote about it

Also how I use it for my blog

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Michael Brooks

I've literally just moved my Blog from WP to VuePress and publishing it over to Netlify with NetlifyCMS integrated. I'm going to try and integrate this into workflow and see if it works. Thank you for this blog post.

maxime1992 profile image

Hey Michael,

Glad you're up to give it a go, let me know how it goes!

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Hatem Houssein

Thank you very much!

I was just thinking about it a month ago. Create my blog posts on my website (using NetlifyCMS using Git workflow) then a CD/CI tool (CircleCi) would publish them on too. 🎊

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Shijie Zhou

this way seems like an extra step that you need to make before the post. You always need to get the draft id before it posts.

maxime1992 profile image

It doesn't seem like it is. It clearly is 🙄. Unfortunately it's the best I could come up with as do not use UUIDs. Otherwise it'd have been easy to generate one 🤷‍♂️ here the only way to automate that part would be to correlate the blog post title but it'd be an issue if you update it (which is obviously not great). As it's a one time thing for an article, I think it's not too bad either though

fyodorio profile image

Maxime, first of all, thanks for the cool idea 👍
I have a couple of questions/suggestions:

  1. (on Jay's concern) Why not try to use API's POST request and get an article ID with the response?
  2. Didn't you try to replace Travis with Github Actions? This way one gets the opportunity to use the workflow with a private repo
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maxime1992 profile image

Hi Fyodor, thanks :)!

1) It'd be great for sure to have something in command line and we've got an issue here if you have further ideas on that please share there

2) I did not as I'm not yet familiar with github actions. I'd be happy to have a PR if you feel like it though! :) Could you please open an issue first there so we can discuss it and then we can talk about a PR


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fyodorio profile image

Thanks for the coordination Maxime! Zak's ideas on id handling look comprehensive, they just need to be implemented) As for github actions, I'm not very familiar with that too, need to research, and I would be happy to contribute if I have enough time, you know. Added the issue to discuss further 👌

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Louis Augry

Good job ! Thank's you for sharing this with us !

maxime1992 profile image

Thanks for the kind words Louis!

crisarji profile image

Hey sir! awesome post, just started posting on my own and I am following this approach.

Something that happened to me, and I want to share it here(I was looking among comments but did not find the same issue) was that the very first post worked like a charm in TravisCI!, but the second started to complain, I kept receiving this error message in TravisCI job log:

0.92s$ if [ "$TRAVIS_BRANCH" = "master" -a "$TRAVIS_PULL_REQUEST" = "false" ]; then DEV_TO_GIT_TOKEN=$DEV_TO_GIT_TOKEN yarn run dev-to-git; fi
yarn run v1.3.2
(node:6600) [DEP0005] DeprecationWarning: Buffer() is deprecated due to security and usability issues. Please use the Buffer.alloc(), Buffer.allocUnsafe(), or Buffer.from() methods instead.
warning package.json: No license field
$ dev-to-git
[PUBLISHED] Article "Authentication with Vue(x)+Firebase" is already up to date
[DRAFT] Article "Adding roles to the authentication with Vue(x)+Firebase" encountered an error:
Error name: "HTTPError"
Error message: "Response code 422 (Unprocessable Entity)"
Error stack: "HTTPError: Response code 422 (Unprocessable Entity)
    at EventEmitter.emitter.on (..../
    at processTicksAndRejections (internal/process/task_queues.js:86:5)"
error Command failed with exit code 1.
info Visit for documentation about this command.
Done. Your build exited with 0.
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The PUBLISHED was a success every single time, the DRAFT kept showing that error(odd, with a 0 exited, so it was ok(?), or at least not affecting the status) till I manually set the published: true, then the next build the error was gone.

Just wanted to share in case that this could be relevant for anyone else.

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Priyanka Kore

Best thing ever!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙌🏻🙌🏻

maxime1992 profile image

Thanks for the kind words Priyanka 😊!

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Maeling (she/her)

Thanks for creating this template! I am trying to implement it but I'm a little unsure on how to actually push the updates I make in my repo to I tried to copy the file structures and updated the dev-to-git.json file with the draft post id and relative path, but when I make changes to the blog post .md file, I don't see the changes being made when I visit the post draft link on Am I going about this the wrong way?

Do you mind providing a little more guidance on the steps after creating the blog post file?

FYI: I just started using git this month, so I'm a noob when it comes to using GitHub

Here's a link to my repo:


maxime1992 profile image

Hi Maeling, sure I'll help you out.

I've created an issue on your repo to avoid continuing the discussion here as it's probably not the best place :)

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Maeling (she/her)

Thanks Maxime! Checking it out now

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Mr F. • Edited

This is a great article. thanks for sharing Maxime.

I'm having trouble with my Travis CI build. It keeps failing when it gets to yarn:check

any ideas?

maxime1992 profile image

Hi, thanks for the kind words.

I've looked into your repo and apparently the latest commit is green on CI :). Is the issue gone?

Otherwise, can you please make sure to:

  • upgrade all the dependencies and dev dependencies on your project
  • compare your travis conf with as I've had to fix a few things I may have forgotten to fix on the template

Let me know how it goes

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Josef Biehler

Hey, I have one question regarding images that are used in posts. I have updated the image in section "2. Create a token". The PR already got merged. But the old image is still visible. I checked it in IE, too. As I never use IE, this browser can not have cached it.
So someone else must cache the image. I already stumbled across this problem when updating a cover image a few times. I had to rename it in order to see the changed image.
Do you know how this can be solved?

maxime1992 profile image

Hi Josef. Interesting. Can you please create an issue here ?

I think I've got an idea how we could fix this.

We could attach a param in the URL with the commit hash for ex that'd bust the cache :)

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Josef Biehler

[x] done

Maybe I try a fix if I find some time

toonarmycaptain profile image

I'm having some issues with this. My github action was passing, but not posting, there were 422 errors in the log, then when I update the dependencies the action fails with log, 429 and 422 errors.

Any ideas?

maxime1992 profile image

Have a look here: no fix so far but someone explained how he found the root cause at least

toonarmycaptain profile image

I'm not sure that's the issue - I have blank/empty cover image fields, since I haven't used one?

sheldonhull profile image

This is pretty cool. Can you help me understand the use case for this vs using Hugo and jeykll? Is this an alternative to creating your own static content and instead leveraging for hosting it all? Is there any advantage over rss feeds for integration for those of us who have our own site?

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Hi, sure thing. It is instead to leverage to host it. As you're aware, a lot of people are publishing on Maybe for the audience and visibility, maybe because they don't want to have to learn how to use Hugo and jekyll, or any other reason. But the point is, for those people I'm pretty sure it's hard to:

  • ask for a review before publishing
  • let someone somehow fix things in the article
  • keep track of changes if the article evolves
  • have a backup in case they mess up the article (failed save for e.g.)

With this solution, they can be setup in 2mn to use git and continuous integration to deploy on 😊

I hope it makes sense

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Rustam Apay • Edited

In the May I started to write a tutorial, I thought it will be 1 article, but it became 13 chapters :D
I don't want to publish and update them manually on site and on github. Thats how I found this article.
I didn't implement this idea yet, but I hope I can do that.

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Janne Kujanpää

The main advantage of Github Actions over Travis is that you can get 2000mn of free time if the repo is private (which should be more than enough!).

It should be noted here that private repository cannot host images for the article. User needs to use external image host or otherwise solve image upload to

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