Automating and Integrating your Pantheon Workflow with Quicksilver Platform Hooks

Learn how to use Quicksilver to automate your deployment workflow.

Hook into platform workflows to automate your Pantheon workflow. Tell us which script you want to run, and we'll run it automatically every time you or another team member triggers the corresponding workflow. View (and contribute) to a growing set of example scripts. Find examples to enable functionality like chat-ops, database sanitization, deployment logging, and automated testing operations with a CI server.

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For example, committing a pantheon.yml file with the following contents to the root of your site's code repository with the script adapted from slack_notification will post to Slack every time you deploy:

api_version: 1

      - type: webphp
        description: Post deployment notification to Slack
        script: private/scripts/slack_deploy_notification.php

If you add the following after the previous snippet, we'll also run that script to automatically log the deployment to New Relic:

      - type: webphp
        description: Log to New Relic
        script: private/scripts/new_relic_deploy.php

Workflow and Stage

Specify the workflows you want to hook into (e.g. deploy or sync_code), the workflow stage (before or after) and the location of the script relative to root of your site's docroot.

Script Type and Location

Quicksilver currently supports webphp scripting, which runs a PHP script via the same runtime environment as the website itself. PHP scripts are subject to the same limits as any code on the platform, like timeouts, and cannot be batched. In the future we may add additional types.

We recommend setting up a dedicated directory in the docroot (e.g. private/scripts) for tracking these files. If your site uses a nested docroot, the scripts directory needs to be located in the web subdirectory of your site's code repository (e.g. web/private/scripts).


You can hook into the following workflows:

Workflow Description Location of webphp script runtime Notes
clear_cache Clear CMS and Edge Cache
clone_database Clone database between environments target (to_env)
deploy Deploy code to Test or Live target
deploy_product Create site Dev after stage valid, before stage invalid
sync_code Push code via Git or commit OSD/SFTP changes via Pantheon Dashboard Dev or Multidev
create_cloud_development_environment Create Multidev environment Multidev after stage valid, before stage invalid

Debugging via Terminus

Use the following Terminus commands for debugging Quicksilver.

Stream New Workflows to the Console

Follow the workflow activity of your site with terminus workflow:watch <site>.

Explore Previous Workflows

List and show previous workflows and their corresponding Quicksilver operations with the following commands:

  • terminus workflow:list <site>
  • terminus workflow:info:logs <site> --id=<workflow>
  • terminus workflow:info:operations <site> --id=<workflow>
  • terminus workflow:info:status <site> --id=<workflow>


If you want to hook into deploy workflows, you'll need to deploy your pantheon.yml into an environment first. Likewise, if you are adding new operations or changing the script an operation will target, the deploy containing those adjustments to pantheon.yml will not self-referentially exhibit the new behavior. Only subsequent deploys will be affected.

MultiDev Creation Hook Does Not Run When Expected

Quicksilver hooks for the create_cloud_development_environment workflow will not be detected when creating a Multidev environment if the pantheon.yml file does not exist on the Dev environment. As a workaround, commit the pantheon.yml file on Dev before creating a Multidev environment.

Deploying Configuration Changes or Quicksilver Hooks to Multidev

If a pantheon.yml file does not exist on the Dev environment, configuration changes will not be detected when creating a Multidev environment. As a workaround, make some modification the pantheon.yml file and re-commit to the Multidev environment. You will then receive a notice indicating configuration changes have been detected and applied to the Multidev environment:

remote: Changes to `pantheon.yml` detected.
remote: Successfully applied `pantheon.yml` to the 'new-feature' environment.

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