Getting started with Convox is easy. The instructions below guide you through:
- Signing up
- Installing the CLI
- Running your application locally
- Deploying your application to AWS
This guide takes around 30 minutes to go from zero to your first production deployment.
First you will need to sign up for a Convox account.
Install the CLI
convox command line tool offers:
convox start- Start an application in development mode
convox deploy- Deploy an application
along with numerous other commands that make configuring, scaling, and securing your apps simple.
Install the Convox CLI for your platform.
Finally, use the
convox logincommand with your API key:
$ convox login Password: ******************** Authenticating with console.convox.com... OK
Prepare your application
If you already have a Dockerized application, running on Convox is as easy as adding one small file that describes your application. If you are not already using Docker, don’t worry we have sample applications for all popular frameworks that will make it easy to get started.
- If you have an existing application follow these easy steps here.
- If you are starting from scratch you can clone a demo application to get started.
Run locally for development
Install a local Rack
To ensure your production deployments behave exactly the same as your local development environment Convox installs a local Rack for development that mimics your production Racks.
If you already have Docker installed, Installing your local Rack is as simple as:
$ sudo convox rack install local $ convox switch local
Start your application in development mode
If your application is ready to go, you run it locally with
Here is an example using one of our sample apps:
$ git clone https://github.com/convox-examples/rails Cloning into 'rails'... $ cd rails $ convox start build | uploading source build | starting build build | Building: ...
Once your build completes you can open a new terminal and run
convox services to find the hostname for your application.
$ convox services SERVICE DOMAIN PORTS web web.rails.convox 80:3000 443:3000
Now if you point your browser at
https://web.rails.convox you can see your application in action!
You can make changes to your local directory and refresh to see those changes reflected in your browser.
Run on AWS for production
Connect an AWS Account
See AWS Integration for more details.
Install an AWS Rack
Next, click on the button and then Install New, in the top navigation bar. Enter a descriptive Rack name such as
production if you plan to deploy production services, or
staging if this is for testing.
See Installing a Rack for more details.
You can now switch your CLI to point at your new Rack.
$ convox racks NAME STATUS local/convox running acme/production running $ convox switch acme/production Switched to acme/production
Deploy your application
Before deploying, create a new app in your Rack.
$ convox apps create --wait
Deploy the application
$ convox deploy --wait
Once complete, run
convox services to find the load balancer hostnames for the application.
$ convox services SERVICE DOMAIN PORTS web rails-web-123456789.us-east-1.convox.site 80:3000 443:3000
When a load balancer is first created it can take a few minutes for its hostname to become available in DNS.
Now that you’ve deployed your first application you can: