Morph is a tool for updating NixOS hosts. It doesn’t know anything about provisioning servers, it doesn’t understand cloud, and it certainly isn’t perfect.
It is, however, fairly straight-forward to use, doesn’t have any state, and has a very NixOps-inspired format for defining hosts. It supports defining HTTP and command-based health checks, to ensure server n is up before continuing updating server n+1. It also supports basic secret management, implemented by scp’ing files to remote servers, to keep them away from the nix store.
We have been developing this incarnation of the tool for seven months, and been using it daily for more than six months, for managing our growing fleet of about 45 servers.
Maybe a bit of background is in order: When we started using NixOS about a year ago, we looked into existing tools for managing a fleet of NixOS servers. We didn’t want to deal with state in a database, and ended up writing our own deployment tool, morph, to scratch our own itch.
All our servers are hosted in our own data centers, and provisioning is done by loading an unattended NixOS installer; this results in a “blank” NixOS host with nothing more than sshd running, which can then be managed by morph. It’s a bit more involved than that, but that’s the gist of it anyways. This also mean that we don’t have any plans for adding provisioning support directly into morph, and is working on a separate tool for that part.
Without further ado: GitHub - DBCDK/morph: NixOS deployment tool