GitGhost is a python/shell script lets you automate git-based .html backups of your Ghost CMS content and metadata. You can find the full code here:
I created GitGhost after noticing that a lapsed card on my AWS account meant that my entire Ghost installation was almost erased. My server-based backups would have been erased too, which drove home the need for 3rd-party backups.
GitGhost works by accessing your Ghost API to pull down JSON content, then iterating through that content to create a browsable directory with .html files. It also creates a full .json backup for you to manipulate later if needed.
Create a Custom API
Custom Integrations area (yourdomain/ghost/#/settings/integrations), click on
+ add a custom integration and give it a name.
Copy the Content API Key and the API URL.
Set Up the Python Script
GitGhost.py line 6, set your request.get() url to be:
[YOUR DOMAIN]/ghost/api/v3/content/posts/?key=[CONTENT API KEY]&include=tags,authors&limit=all'
GitGhost has a few dependencies. Run
pip install -r requirements.txt in your GitGhost directory to set them up.
If you want to configure what metadata is being written, you can adjust it from available variables here: (https://ghost.org/docs/api/v3/content/)
Running the Script Locally
To run the script one time & save locally, type the following in your GitGhost directory:
Running & Committing to GitHub
To run the script & commit to github, clone this GitGhost repo & give it a new name. I recommend [YOURSITE-Backups] because that will make it super clear what you're pushing to.
Copy/open the new repo to your computer and
cd into it.
Make the automate.sh script actionable by typing:
chmod +x automate.sh Then run the script as
- Write a full backup
backup.jsonfor full restores
- Writing more metadata from posts.
- Writing settings as a backup.
- Creating a .html index to navigate your posts locally, because why not?