capistrano-switchuser 0

Provides a function to switch the capistrano ssh user at runtime

4 years after MIT


This gem adds a function that allows you to switch the user capistrano uses when running ssh commands at runtime.

Based on a blog post by Paul Gross


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'capistrano-switchuser'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install capistrano-switchuser


Add the following line to your deploy.rb file:

require 'capistrano/switchuser'

You can then call the switchuser function to switch the user for all subsequent commands:

run('whoami') # will output original value of user e.g. 'deployer'
run('whoami') # will output 'ubuntu'

You can also switch the user for a subset of commands by passing a block:

switchuser(:ubuntu) do
  run('whoami') # will output 'ubuntu'
run('whoami') # will output original value of user e.g. 'deployer'

You must have ssh privileges for any user you set!


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request

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