What's New

New updates and improvements to Hatchbox.io

Hetzner Cloud Integration

Hetzner provides cloud servers around the world. You can now use Hatchbox's integration to deploy servers with Hetzner Cloud!

For Hetzner's dedicated servers, you can create them and connect to Hatchbox using the Custom VPS option.

Ruby 3.2.2, 3.1.4, 3.0.6, and 2.7.8 support

New versions of Ruby were just released with a couple of security fixes. These are now available on Hatchbox and you can start using them today.

See the Ruby release page to learn more: https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/news/2023/03/30/ruby-3-2-2-released/

👨‍⚕️🩺 Introducing Application Health Checks!

For load balanced applications, you can now add a Health Check path to enable active health checks. 🎉

When enabled, Caddy will make an HTTP request every 30 seconds to determine if your application is healthy or not. If your application does not respond with a 200 OK, Caddy will remove the server from the load balancer until the next check that succeeds.

Plus, Rails 7.1 will ship with an /up route specifically for health checks like these out of the box!

GitHub Apps Integration

You now use our GitHub App for Hatchbox.io deployments! 🎉

This allows you to fine-tune access to your repositories that Hatchbox has access to and it can be configured separately for each organization.

To get started, click the "Connect GitHub" button on your App or Connected Accounts page. Install the Hatchbox GitHub App on your organization and update your app to use the GitHub app for deployments on the Repositories tab.

Existing applications will continue using GitHub OAuth for deployments, but we highly recommend switching to the GitHub Apps integration.

Caddy v2.6.3

We've built the latest version of Caddy which includes a handful of bugfix improvements.

See the release for more details: https://github.com/caddyserver/caddy/releases/tag/v2.6.3

To update your server(s) to the latest Caddy, click the Configure button on your server.

Ruby 3.2.1 support

A new version of Ruby has shipped. Just bugfixes, no security vulnerabilities. See the release on Ruby's website: https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/news/2023/02/08/ruby-3-2-1-released/

Whenever cron job support

For Ruby apps, we now support managing cron jobs automatically during deploy using the whenever gem.

Ruby deployments are now slightly faster

Hatchbox now runs "bundle check" before installing gems and if all the gems are installed, it will skip the "bundle install" command. Yay for speed improvements!

Postgres backups now use the custom format

We've updated our Postgres backup script to now use the "custom" format. This format is compressed and makes it easier to restore backups using pg_restore, TablePlus, Postico, or your favorite Postgres GUI.

Ruby 3.2.0 Support

You can now deploy apps with Ruby 3.2

For more details about the release, see: https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/news/2022/12/25/ruby-3-2-0-released/

Ruby 3.1.3, 3.0.5, and 2.7.7 support

We've added support for the new Ruby versions: 3.1.3, 3.0.5, and 2.7.7

These new Ruby versions include a security fix for CGI. Read more.


To provide more flexibility, we will no longer set the bundle "without" config. Bundler will install all gems during deploys by default now.

If you would like to speed up deployments as before, you can set the BUNDLE_WITHOUT environment variable to skip development and test groups.


OpenSSL Updates

Ubuntu has released a patch for OpenSSL for the recent CVEs. Rather than upgrading OpenSSL versions, they patch the current version to prevent bugs and regressions in LTS releases.

We've also recompiled all Ruby versions that use OpenSSL 1.1 against OpenSSL 1.1.1s so they also receive the patches. To update your apps, deploy a new version and the updated version of Ruby and OpenSSL will be installed.

Ruby 3.0.4 and Node.js 18.12.1 are now defaults

The default versions for Ruby and Node.js have been updated to the following:
  • Ruby 3.0.4
  • Node.js 18.12.1
If your application doesn't specify a version, we'll use these defaults.

See the Help section to learn how to run specific versions of these languages for your applications.

PostgreSQL 15 is now the default

Today, we updated Hatchbox to start installing PostgreSQL 15 and we're also recording the currently running version so you can see it in the Web UI.

For existing users on older versions of PostgreSQL, you can follow this guide to upgrade your databases to the latest version: Upgrading PostgreSQL Version on Ubuntu Server

Caddy v2.6.2

We've updated Caddy server to version 2.6.2. This adds support for HTTP/3 protocol. Read more about HTTP/3 here

Since HTTP/3 utilizes QUIC transport, you'll need to allow UDP traffic in your network/firewall to use it.

To update to this version, click "Configure" on your servers to update them to the latest.

Apps without web servers

We've updated Hatchbox to support clusters with more unique configurations. Clusters can now deploy apps that don't have a Web Server.

For example, if you've got an app that solely runs background jobs, you can now deploy it with Hatchbox. 👍

Custom SSL Certificates

You can now upload custom SSL certificates for your applications. We'll upload these to your web servers & load balancers and configure Caddy to use them for serving requests to your app. If you don't want to use LetsEncrypt for some reason, this will make it easy for you to still use SSL. 

Dynamic AWS Regions & Instance Types

We now use the AWS API to look up Regions and Instance Types available to your account. The regions and instance types will always be accurate and list what's available for you to use.

Hatchbox Environment Variables

We've just updated deployments to set a few environment variables on each deploy.

  • HATCHBOX_BRANCH - The branch that was deployed
  • HATCHBOX_RELEASE - The release number
  • HATCHBOX_REVISION - The git commit sha that was deployed

We also now write a REVISION file with the git commit sha as well for easy access.