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How to Deploy a WordPress Plugin From TravisCI to

Not everyone likes subversion. If you use Git to manage WordPress plugin development, keeping your Git repo and the SVN repo in sync is tedious. Luckily, we can use TravisCI deployment provider to automate SVN deployment after tests.


You need these before moving on:

  1. GitHub account
  2. TravisCI account
  3. Plugin source code
  4. plugin SVN repo (You get this after plugin review approval.)

First Push to GitHub

In order to use TravisCI, we have to host the plugin repository on GitHub.

First, create a new repository on GitHub by going to this page and filling in the repository name.

create new GitHub repository
GitHub new repository page

Then, we are going to commit all plugin files into Git and push it to this GitHub repository. Remember to replace the remote URL with yours.

Connecting TravisCI

Connect your GitHub repository with TravisCI by going to your TravisCI account page and switching on your repository. Click Sync account in the upper right corner if your newly created repository doesn’t show up in the list.

TravisCI account settings

You’re all set. Every time you push new commits or someone makes pull requests to GitHub, it will trigger a build on TravisCI.

First Build on TravisCI

TravisCI uses a YAML file named .travis.yml in the root of your repository to customize the builds. Learn more from the build customizing document to see how you can control the build lifecycle.

This is a basic configuration file that instructs TravisCI to run builds on PHP 7.0 and 7.1. Since testing is out of the scope of this tutorial, I replaced the actual test commands with echo 'Tested'

Commit this file and push it to GitHub. TravisCI builds will be triggered automatically.

TravisCI current build

Adding Deployment Provider Configuration

Deployment providers run if the tests passed and pre-defined conditionals (the on section) are met. TravisCI provides nearly 40 official deployment providers. Sadly, none of them support subversion repositories. Thus, I made my own custom provider. You can find it on GitHub and its pull request.

To use it, add these lines to the end of .travis.yml.

Configuration Explanation


The before_deploy section copies three files into the build directory which is to be checked into the subversion repository. In the real world, this is where you want to run gulp or grunt tasks to prepare the production-ready plugin. 

Don’t copy test files or any unnecessary files into build as the whole build directory is released to users, and users don’t need your test files.

provider and edge

We tell TravisCI to install my provider from the add-wordpress-plugin-deployment branch Once the pull request has been merged, the edge part is unnecessary.


The on section controls whether a deployment should be performed. Deployment is triggered only when all requirements are met.

In the above example, we deploy to only when:

  1. it’s a PHP 7.1 build
  2. it’s a tagged commit
  3. it’s triggered by the TangRufus/tutsplus-dpl-demo repo (forks and pull requests would not trigger deployment)


The plugin’s slug. 

If your plugin’s URL is, then my-awesome-plugin is the plugin’s slug. 


Your account username with which you submitted the plugin for review approval.


The password of the account. Never save this password in the .travis.yml in plain text!

In the above example, we use the $WORDPRESS_ORG_PASSWORD environment variable, which can be set on the TravisCI web dashboard. Choose Settings from the cog menu, and click on Add in the Environment Variables section. Never enable the “Display value in build log” option!



Everything in this directory will be committed to the subversion repository, i.e. will be included in the downloadable zip file. 

We set this to build because we have copied plugin files into build during before_deploy.


Assume that we have fixed some bugs and are ready to publish a new version to

These commands commit the changes to the master branch but do not trigger a deployment:

Only tagged commits trigger deployment:


Head back to TravisCI and open the PHP 7.1 build log. You should see a deployment is logged.

And on the trac (

WordPress plugin subversion trac


svn commit Twice

Since TravisCI ships with an old version of subversion which doesn’t play well with subdirectories, I do svn commit twice.

The first svn commit removes everything inside trunk. The second svn commit copies everything from build_dir to trunk.


This provider is still experimental and is not merged to TravisCI’s official repo yet. You can keep track of TravisCI’s feedback on its pull request.

Using edge doesn’t merge my branch into the upstream master. There is a chance that my branch is behind the official repo. When it happens, you can fork my branch and rebase it, and then change source in .travis.yml to your GitHub repository.

Wrapping Up

To use this deployment provider:

  1. Host the plugin repository on GitHub.
  2. Connect GitHub and TravisCI.
  3. Add the configuration to .travis.yml.
  4. Push a tag.

I hope all the above helps you deploy plugins to faster. 

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Thanks for reading!

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