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Automating with Cloud Hooks

The Acquia Cloud interface automates the most common tasks involved in developing a Drupal application: deploying code from a version control system, and migrating code, databases, and files across your development, staging, and production environments. Cloud Hooks allow you to automate other tasks as part of these migrations.

A Cloud Hook is a script in your code repository that Acquia Cloud executes on your behalf when a triggering action occurs. Examples of tasks that you can automate with Cloud Hooks include:

  • Performing Drupal database updates each time you develop new code.
  • Scrubbing your production database each time you copy it to development or staging by removing customer emails or disabling production-only modules.
  • Running your test suite or an application performance test each time you deploy new code.

Installing Cloud Hooks

Your Cloud Hooks are located in your Acquia Cloud code repository. In each branch of your repo, there is a directory named docroot that contains your application’s source code. Cloud Hooks are in the hooks directory next to docroot (not inside of docroot).

The Cloud Hooks directory structure, sample and community-contributed hook scripts, and documentation can be found at To start using Cloud Hooks with your application, copy the current version of the Cloud Hooks repository on GitHub into your Acquia Cloud repository.

Using Git, you can copy the Cloud Hooks repository with these commands:

cd /my/repo
curl -L -o hooks.tar.gz
tar xzf hooks.tar.gz
mv acquia-cloud-hooks-* hooks
git add hooks
git commit -m 'Import Cloud hooks directory and sample scripts.'
git push

Cloud Hooks must be executable

To be able to run, hook scripts must have the Unix executable bit. Although scripts with the executable bit set when first added to your repository should be fine, run the following commands to set the executable bit for files already in your Git repository:

chmod a+x ./
git add ./
git commit -m 'Add executable bit to'
git push

Quick start

To see the power of Cloud Hooks in action, you can run the “Hello, Cloud!” script when new code is deployed in your development environment. Be sure to install Cloud Hooks first as previously explained.

  1. Install the script to run on code deployments to development.


    This example assumes that your development environment is running the master branch.

    cd /my/repo
    git checkout master
    cp hooks/samples/ hooks/dev/post-code-deploy
    git commit -a 'Run the hello-world script on post-code-deploy to Dev.'
    git push
  2. Sign in to Acquia Cloud and select your application.

  3. In the Dev environment code section, click the code switch button and select the master branch (if your Dev environment is already running master, select any other tag, and then select master again), and then click Continue. Click Switch to confirm the switch to the master branch.

  4. View the task log. After the code deployment task is done, click its Details link to see the hook’s output. It will look like this:

    Updating to deploy master
    Deploying master on
    [05:28:33] Starting hook: post-code-deploy
    Executing: /var/www/html/
    s1 dev master master [email protected]:s1.git git (as [email protected])
    Hello, Cloud!
    [05:28:34] Finished hook: post-code-deploy

You can use the code switch button on the Environments page to restore your development environment back to whatever branch it previously had deployed.

Cloud Hooks and Remote Administration

If you have an Acquia Cloud Enterprise application with a Remote Administration (RA) environment, Cloud Hooks in the RA environment may result in unexpected behaviors or task failures, which can cause the RA automated update process to fail. For more information, see Remote Administration environment: Deploy hooks.

Going further with Cloud Hooks

Complete documentation for Cloud Hooks and the latest sample and community-contributed hook scripts are available at By browsing the GitHub repo, you can do the following:

  • Find and use the latest sample and community-contributed hook scripts.
  • Read the complete documentation on how to write your own custom hook scripts.
  • Contribute your own hook scripts so that others can use them.

Check out this blog post to see how some Acquia Cloud users have taken advantage of the power of Cloud Hooks: