Deployment automation for even the most complex deployments

With a focus on consistency between environments, advanced deployment features and patterns, and over 300 deployment steps out of the box, Octopus Deploy can automate even the most complicated software deployments - whether on-premises or in the cloud.

Build vs. deployment automation. What's the difference?

Automated build servers like Jenkins, TeamCity, and Team Build are designed to enable the practice of continuous integration. They do this by providing a single place to verify that the code a developer has committed compiles, that unit tests pass, and that it's safe for other developers to merge their changes. Practically speaking, they also settle the age-old "it builds on my machine" debate.

Deploying software is different to building it:

  • A build server runs an entire build sequentially on a single agent. There are usually many servers involved in a deployment, and some deployment steps need to happen in parallel.
  • Builds embrace the "fail fast" principle. If a problem is encountered during a deployment, we often want to manually intervene, or skip the broken step and proceed with the rest of the deployment.
  • Build server permission & auditing models aren't usually designed for release management.

The best engineering teams recognize that build and deployment are fundamentally different. There are some similarities - they both involve automation - but the architecture of a robust deployment system is simply different to that of a build server.

Read more about why build servers are different to deployment servers.

Getting started with Octopus Deploy is incredibly easy

Define your deployment process once

This is your recipe for how your application will be deployed. Octopus comes with over 300+ built-in and community-contributed step templates for deploying just about anything. You can also add script steps that use PowerShell or Bash, or manual intervention steps to include a human in the process.

Variables in Octopus Deploy


Every environment is different. Octopus takes care of your test and production configuration settings, stores your secrets securely, and automatically replaces values in your configuration files - no scripting needed.

Deploying a release in Octopus Deploy

Deploy and promote

Self-service deployments mean anyone on your team can deploy a release when they need to, or use permissions to control who can deploy to production. Octopus brings the deployment logs into a single central view, even as deployment steps run in parallel, so you'll always know what's happening.

Octopus project overview

Watch the dashboard

Tired of being asked what version of the app is in production today, or not sure if last night's test deployment was successful? Octopus radiates information, telling your team at a glance what's deployed where.

Over 300 deployment steps out of the box

Deploy just about anything without scripting, from Azure Functions to Windows Services. Send Slack notifications, notify monitoring tools of a deployment, upload files to your CDN, run a SQL script - Octopus probably has a deployment step for it. Octopus is used by over 20,000 companies, so many of these templates are contributed by our community. View the full list of templates in the community library.

Over 300+ step templates

Multi-tenant deployments

Octopus Deploy is the only deployment server that makes it easy to deploy applications on behalf of many end customers.


Certificate management

Securely store and deploy X.509 certificates for your web sites, and be notified when they are due to expire.

Extensibility and API support

Command line & REST API

The Octopus web UI is built over a REST API. Anything the UI does, you can do too.

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Tools like @OctopusDeploy can be great in enabling culture change, we've been able to scale and improve our configuration story since we started using it

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