I want to trigger a re-deploy of my Hugo blog which is hosted on Netlify.

In the past, I’ve successfully used ifttt with a webhook.
Unfortunately, they’ve stopped supporting the webhook feature on the free tier.

What’s the solution?

Netlify has a tutorial on how to use serverless functions for automatic deploys.

Here is the concise tutorial with a few steps added which weren’t clear to me.

How to schedule deploys on Netlify using serverless functions

You’ll need Node.js on your machine.

  1. Create a new npm project in your current directory (Hugo folder) by running npm init -y.

  2. Install the dependencies by running the following command in your terminal:

npm install @netlify/functions
npm install node-fetch
  1. Add the required configuration in netlify.toml:
  node_bundler = "esbuild"
  1. Get your build hook URL.

The name doesn’t matter much. I’ve called mine “netlify serverless function”.

  1. Set the URL as environment variable (replace with yours, below is a placeholder example):
npx netlify-cli env:set BUILD_HOOK_URI<xxxxxxxx>
  1. Create a file /netlify/functions/scheduled-deploy.mjs. It’s important that you choose the correct path (inside the /netlify/functions directory).

(You can choose a different location, but in that case you’ll need to configure it in netlify.toml. I didn’t want to bother with that.)

import fetch from 'node-fetch'

export default async () => {
  try {
    const BUILD_HOOK = Netlify.env.get('BUILD_HOOK_URI')
    const response = await fetch(BUILD_HOOK, {
      method: 'POST',
    return new Response('Build triggered')
  } catch (error) {
    console.error('Error triggering build hook:', error)
    return new Response('Error triggering build hook', {
      status: error.response?.status ? error.response.status : 500,
      statusText: error.response?.message ?? "Uh oh, this didn't work"

// Schedules the handler function to run every day at 19h UTC
export const config = {
  schedule: '0 19 * * *',

Check for a different schedule.

If you want to know more about scheduled functions, you can check the docs.

  1. Test locally
npx netlify-cli dev

The command will start a new local server. Open your webbrowser on http://localhost:8888/.netlify/functions/serverless-deploy.

This will trigger the function and you should see that you’ve started a new deploy successfully in your Netlify dashboard.

  1. Source control and commit

I use git and GitLab/GitHub for my blog, so I’ve commited my changes and pushed them to my repository. The remote repo is connected to Netlify. Netlify should pick up the changes automatically.

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