gh-pages Publishing in Yaydoc’s Web UI

A few weeks back we rolled out the web interface for yaydoc. Web UI will enable user to generate the documentation with one click and users can download the zipped format of generated documentation. In Yaydoc, we now added the additional feature of deploying the generated documentation to the GITHUB pages. In order to push the generated documentation, we have to get the access token of the user. So I used passport Github’s strategy to get the access token of the users.

passport.use(new githubStrategy({
  clientID: process.env.CLIENTID,
  clientSecret: process.env.CLIENTSECRET,
  callbackURL: process.env.CALLBACKURL
}, function (accessToken, refreshToken, profile, cb) {
  profile.token = accessToken;
  cb(null, profile)

passport.serializeUser(function(user, cb) {
  cb(null, user);

passport.deserializeUser(function(obj, cb) {
  cb(null, obj);

After setting the necessary environment variables, we have to pass the strategy to the express handler.

router.get("/github", function (req, res, next) {
  req.session.uniqueId = req.query.uniqueId; =
  req.session.gitURL = req.query.gitURL
}, passport.authenticate('github', {
  scope: [

For maintaining state, I’m keeping the necessary information in the session so, that in the callback URL we know which repository have to push.


router.get("/callback", passport.authenticate('github'), function (req, res, next) {
  req.session.username = req.user.username;
  req.session.token = req.user.token

router.get("/deploy", function (req, res, next) {
  res.render("deploy", {
    gitURL: req.session.gitURL,
    uniqueId: req.session.uniqueId,
    token: crypter.encrypt(req.session.token),
    username: req.session.username

Github will send the access token to our callback. After this I’m templating the necessary information to the jade deploy template where it’ll invoke the deploy function via sockets. Then we’ll stream all the bash output log to the website.

io.on('connection', function(socket){
  socket.on('execute', function (formData) {
    generator.executeScript(socket, formData);
  socket.on('deploy', function (data) {
    ghdeploy.deployPages(socket, data);

exports.deployPages = function (socket, data) {
  var donePercent = 0;
  var repoName = data.gitURL.split("/")[4].split(".")[0];
  var webUI = "true";
  var username = data.username
  var oauthToken = crypter.decrypt(data.encryptedToken)
  const args = [
    "-i", data.uniqueId,
    "-w", webUI,
    "-n", username,
    "-o", oauthToken,
    "-r", repoName
  var process = spawn("./", args);

  process.stdout.on('data', function (data) {
    socket.emit('deploy-logs', {donePercent: donePercent, data: data.toString()});
    donePercent += 18;

  process.stderr.on('data', function (data) {
    socket.emit('err-logs', data.toString());

  process.on('exit', function (code) {
    console.log('child process exited with code ' + code);
    if (code === 0) {
      socket.emit('deploy-success', {pagesURL: "https://" + data.username + "" + repoName});

Once documentation is pushed to gh-pages, the documentation URL will get appended to the web UI.