Change or Update Previews

Want to update or change a Preview build? Tugboat offers a few different ways to do that:

  • To update a Preview with your latest code, you can Refresh it. Refreshing a Preview pulls in the latest code from the connected Git repo, and run commands from the from the Tugboat config file’s update and build phases.
  • To change a Preview’s Docker images, or the make changes to Services’ init commands, you can Rebuild it. Rebuilding a Preview pulls fresh Docker images, pulls in the latest code from the connected Git repo, and runs all of the Tugboat config file’s init, update and build commands.

On a basic level, you can think of it as the difference between updating the code (Refresh) and making more substantial changes to the way a Service is configured (Rebuild). For more info on what exactly is happening under the covers, take a look at the Preview build process: explained.

When you’re updating a Preview that was built from a Base Preview, Rebuild does not pull fresh Docker images and run commands from init and update - child Previews jump directly to the build phase. For more info, see: rebuild Previews when working with a Base Preview.

Refresh Previews

When you Refresh a Preview, Tugboat:

  1. Pulls the latest code from git.
  2. Runs commands from the update section of the config file.
  3. Runs commands from the build section of the config file.

In general, this is a faster process than building the entire container again, as Tugboat doesn’t have to set up Services and complete all the init processes again.

For more info about build phases, see: the build process: explained.

To Refresh a Preview:

  1. Go to username -> My Projects at the upper-right of the Tugboat screen.
  2. Select the project where you want to update a Preview.
  3. Click the name of the repo that contains the code you want to use for the Preview update.
  4. Select the Preview build you want to update.
  5. Click the Actions drop-down menu for that Preview, and select Refresh .
  6. Press the Yes button to confirm and start the Refresh process.

You’ll see a yellow refreshing status while Tugboat is running the update, which will change to a green ready once the update is complete.

Visual Walkthrough

Rebuild Previews

When you Rebuild a Preview (that was not built using a Base Preview), Tugboat:

  1. Pulls the latest code from git.
  2. Pulls fresh Docker images.
  3. Runs commands from the init section of the configuration.
  4. Runs commands from the update section of the configuration.
  5. Runs commands from the build section of the configuration.

This process takes longer than a Refresh, so you should mainly use this if you need to pull new Docker images, or run commands from init in your config.yml.

For more info about build phases, see: the build process: explained.

To Rebuild a Preview:

  1. Go to username -> My Projects at the upper-right of the Tugboat screen.
  2. Select the project where you want to rebuild a Preview.
  3. Click the name of the repo that contains the code you want to use for the Preview rebuild.
  4. Select the Preview you want to rebuild.
  5. Click the Actions drop-down menu for that Preview, and select Rebuild .
  6. Press the Yes button to confirm and start the Rebuild process.

You’ll see a yellow building status while Tugboat is rebuilding the Preview, which will change to a green ready once the build is complete.

When you Rebuild a Preview that was built from a Base Preview, Rebuild does not pull fresh Docker images and run commands from init and update. Instead, child Previews jump directly to the build phase. For more info, see: updating Previews when working with a Base Preview.

Visual Walkthrough