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Heroku buildpack to let you use git deploy keys with your private repositories

Step 1

Register a deploy key for a github repository Github Instructions

Step 2

Create a GITHUB_DEPLOY_KEY environment variable with the private key that you registered on your Heroku Heroku Instructions

I do

heroku config:set GITHUB_DEPLOY_KEY="`cat /path/to/key`"

Step 3

Create a GITHUB_HOST_HASH environment variable with the identification keys for the hosts that you're going to connect to. These are the keys found in ~/.ssh/known_hosts.

I backed up my ~/.ssh/known_hosts, connected to each host manually via ssh, and then did:

heroku config:set GITHUB_HOST_HASH="`cat ~/.ssh/known_hosts`"

Afterwards I restored my old known_hosts file.

Step 4

Set your Heroku app's default buildpack to heroku-buildpack-compose Instructions

You can probably use buildpack-multi, though I haven't tried.


Create a .buildpacks file if you already haven't in the root directory of your app. Make sure it includes this buildpack, and any other buildpacks you need. I'm using Ruby on Rails, so I have:

NOTE: Put this buildpack first!

$ cat .buildpacks



Commit the .buildpacks file to your repository and push to Heroku. Cross fingers.


This package draws very heavily from https://github.com/fs-webdev/heroku-buildpack-ssh-keys That project's gone now, but I'd still like to thank it's main writer Tim Shadel (https://github.com/timshadel) for the work.

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