Written by: Geoffrey Callaghan

Heroku Tutorial

Heroku Tutorial

Heroku is a cloud platform that enables developers to deploy, manage, and scale applications quickly and easily. It supports a wide range of programming languages and frameworks. Here’s a tutorial to help you get started with deploying your application on Heroku:

  1. Sign Up for Heroku:

    • Go to the Heroku website (https://www.heroku.com/) and sign up for a free account.
    • Once you’re signed up, you’ll have access to the Heroku Dashboard.
  2. Install the Heroku CLI:

    • The Heroku Command Line Interface (CLI) allows you to manage your Heroku applications directly from your terminal or command prompt.
    • You can download and install the Heroku CLI from the official website: https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/heroku-cli
  3. Log in to Heroku:

    • Open your terminal or command prompt and log in to Heroku using the following command:
      heroku login
    • Follow the prompts to enter your Heroku credentials.
  4. Prepare Your Application:

    • Ensure your application is ready for deployment. This typically involves having a Git repository containing your application code.
    • Make sure your application is using a supported programming language or framework.
  5. Create a Heroku App:

    • Navigate to your application’s directory in the terminal or command prompt.
    • Run the following command to create a new Heroku app:
      heroku create
    • This command will create a new Heroku app and add a Git remote named “heroku” to your local repository.
  6. Deploy Your Application:

    • Once your app is created, you can deploy it to Heroku using Git. Simply run the following command:
      git push heroku master
    • This command will push your application code to Heroku and trigger a deployment.
  7. View Your Application:

    • After the deployment is complete, Heroku will provide you with a URL where your application is hosted.
    • You can visit this URL in your web browser to access your deployed application.
  8. Manage Your Application:

    • You can manage your Heroku application from the Heroku Dashboard or using the Heroku CLI.
    • Commands like heroku ps (to view dyno status), heroku logs (to view logs), and heroku scale (to scale dynos) are useful for managing your application.
  9. Set Up Add-ons (Optional):

    • Heroku offers a variety of add-ons that provide additional functionality for your applications, such as databases, monitoring, and caching.
    • You can add and configure these add-ons through the Heroku Dashboard or using the Heroku CLI.
  10. Continuous Deployment (Optional):

  • You can set up continuous deployment for your Heroku app using GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket.
  • This allows your app to automatically deploy whenever you push changes to your Git repository.

That’s it! You’ve now successfully deployed your application on Heroku. Heroku’s easy-to-use platform and powerful features make it a popular choice for deploying web applications of all sizes.