This is a small tool I have developed to setup simple continuous integration and continuous deployment for my GitHub projects. Of course, you can use AppVeyor, Travis CI or any other services to achieve the same result (or even more, these are really powerful tools). But if you just want to run a script when you push to master, this might be interesting for you. Webhook Runner for Github

webhook github runner

It is running on your server and listening on the configured port (http://localhost:5000 by default) and has only one API endpoint POST /api/webhook. When it receives payload from GitHub, it will loop through a defined set of rules (defined in appsettins.json) and will execute command line from Execute property if ref value from payload matches Ref value from the rule and repository.url from the payload matches RepositoryUrl from the rule. If you configured Secret for the webhook, it will compare value for the X-Hub-Signature header with the WebHookSecret environment variable (can also be set in appsettings.config, but I would recommend keeping it as an environment variable).

Quick Start

You can download self-contained application for your platform:



Make it executable:

cd linux-x64
chmod +x git-webhook-server

Create file nano appsettings.json with rules:

  "Logging": {
    "LogLevel": {
      "Default": "Information",
      "Microsoft": "Warning",
      "Microsoft.Hosting.Lifetime": "Information"
  "AllowedHosts": "*",
  "Rules": [
      "Name": "master git-webhook-server",
      "Ref": "refs/heads/master",
      "RepositoryUrl": "",
      "Execute": ""

Node: Do not forget to replace values for RepositoryUrl and Execute properties.


./git-webhook-server --urls

You can expose it to the outside world but I would recommend setting up nginx with SSL certificate (for example from Let's Encrypt) as a reverse-proxy in front of the WebHook Runner

If you decided to run it without nginx, do not forget to add a rule in the firewall (I hope you are using it) to allow access on the port 5000.

Running as a daemon

If you do not want to run it manually every time you reboot your machine or when the process is crashed, you can use surepvisor - system that allows its users to monitor and control a number of processes on UNIX-like operating systems.


sudo apt-get install supervisor

Create a config file for your application

sudo nano /etc/supervisor/conf.d/git-webhook-server.conf

With the following content:


command=su -c "/home/<username>/linux-x64/git-webhook-server --urls" <username>

Note:: Replace <username> with the actual username.

Reload supervisor:

sudo supervisorctl reload

To check the status of the app run:

sudo supervisorctl status

How to configure webhook in GitHub

Configure webhook in GitHub repository:

  • Set Payload URL to the publicly visible URL of the Webhook Runner (e.g.
  • Set Content type to application/json
  • SSL verification based on your server config (I would strongly recommend setting up nginx with SSL certificate in front of the runner)
  • Set Just the push event. because currently, this is the only supported event type (GitHub will get BadRequet response for any other event types)
  • Active should be enabled

You can find more examples on GitHub