Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Carmen Gonzalez, Yeshim Deniz

Related Topics: Java IoT, Open Source Cloud, IoT User Interface, Apache

Java IoT: Blog Post

How to Deploy a node.js App from GitHub to Heroku

How to set up Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment for a node.js Application from GitHub to Heroku

In this blog post we're gonna deploy a Node.js application from a GitHub repository to Heroku using the Codeship.

We've set up a simple Node.js application called codefish which contains some Jasmine specs. We'll use screenshots of this application in this blog post. If you don't have an own project to set up but you want to follow along on your computer, just fork the repository.

codefish-node on GitHub

Together, we're gonna deploy this application to Heroku using the Codeship.

The Codeship Landing Page

First, sign in to the Codeship with GitHub. The Codeship needs access to your GitHub repositories to be able to set them up. Let's allow access.

GitHub Access

We're back at the Codeship. Now let's create your first project.

Let's set up our first project on the Codeship

The first step of your project setup is to select GitHub as your repository provider.

Select your repository provider

In the list of your GitHub repositories

Search for your repository in the list

search for the repository you want to set up and select it. In my case I search for "codefish".

Find your repository in the filtered list

Now your repository is connected and you can set up your test commands:

Set up your test commands

Codefish is a Node.js application. So I choose "Node.js" as my framework. This prepopulates the setup commands and the test commands for you.

Select Node.js as your technology

The Codeship suggests Node.js 0.10.18, but you can use whatever Node version you like. If you're unsure about the Node version of your project, type node -v in the Terminal.

Type ruby -v and find out your Ruby version

Just copy your Node version into the nvm install and nvm use statements.

If you want to run Jasmine specs, you need to install jasmine-node globally additionally to your node modules. In this case just add npm install -g jasmine-node after npm install.

You don't need npm test for your Jasmine specs, so you can comment it by adding a hash key before the command. Instead, add jasmine-node spec to the test commands to run your Jasmine specs.

Comment the test command <code>npm test</code> and add <code>jasmine-node spec</code>

Now let's finish your setup and go to the dashboard.

Finish your setup. You are on the Dashboard now

You can trigger a build for your application by pushing to your repository. Let's add the Codeship status image to the README file. I use markdown syntax to insert the image.

Copy the code for the Codeship status badge to your README file

Now commit and push this change.

Commit and push your change

This triggered a new build on the Codeship.

A new build got triggered on the Codeship

You can access the build details by clicking the arrow on the right. Here you can follow the running build.

Click on the arrow to the right to access the build details

And a few seconds later your build succeeded! Great!

Look at all the commands that are running

You see all the commands that were run. After a few initial preparation commands the Codeship ran the commands that you specified a few moments ago.

You can inspect the output of a single command by clicking on it. For the codefishapplication, we can see that two Jasmine specs were run.

Look at the log of a single command by clicking on it

You've already pushed to your repository, watched your build log and got a green build. So you can finish the assistant at the top.

Finish the setup wizard by clicking on the click to finish button

Now let's deploy your application to Heroku. Go to your project settings by clicking on the settings icon in the projects dropdown.

Go to your project settings by clicking on the settings icon in the projects dropdown

You are on the Testing Setup screen now

Then navigate to the "Deployment" section.

You are on the Deployment Setup screen now

As we want to deploy to Heroku we click on the "Heroku" button.

Click on the Heroku button

Now you are asked to enter the name of your Heroku application and your API key. If you haven't already, now is the time to go to Heroku and create an application.

You are on the Heroku page now

I named my application "codefish-app", but please choose whatever name you like

Create your app and name it codefish-app

and create your app.

You successfully created your Heroku App

Back at your deployment configuration on the Codeship enter the application name.

Back on the Codeship we enter the application name codefish-app

To retrieve your Heroku API key, follow the link to your Heroku account and click "Show API key".

Click on the link to get your Heroku API key

Copy it and insert it into your deployment configuration at the Codeship.

Copy and paste the Heroku API key to the Codeship

Now save your deployment by clicking on the green checkmark on the right.

Save your deployment configuration by clicking on the green checkmark

From now on the Codeship will deploy your application to Heroku everytime you push to your GitHub repository. Let's push a change and see if it gets deployed. Change something in your application first,

Add a new paragraph you can then commit and push

then commit and push the change.

Commit and push the change

And immediately another build will start running on the Codeship. Let's go back to your project overview.

Go back to the project overview to see a new running build

After the commands we already know from your first build, your application also gets deployed to Heroku now.

After some initial commands were run your application gets deployed

And about 2 minutes later your application is online.

After about 2 minutes your application is online

When you open the URL of your Heroku app now, your deployed application appears. You can find mine on codefish-app.herokuapp.com.

Have a look at the app you just deployed

If you need help with setting up your own application, please use the support link in the top-right corner or please tweet us @codeship!

If you need help please click the support link in the top-right corner or tweet us @codeship

Set up Continuous Integration and Deployment for your node.js projects. The Codeship supports GitHub and BitBucket projects and about any techstack you can imagine.


Go ahead and try the Codeship for free! Set up Continuous Integration and Deployment for your GitHub and BitBucket projects in only 3 minutes.

More Stories By Manuel Weiss

I am the cofounder of Codeship – a hosted Continuous Integration and Deployment platform for web applications. On the Codeship blog we love to write about Software Testing, Continuos Integration and Deployment. Also check out our weekly screencast series 'Testing Tuesday'!

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that ContentMX, the marketing technology and services company with a singular mission to increase engagement and drive more conversations for enterprise, channel and SMB technology marketers, has been named “Sponsor & Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. “CloudExpo is a great opportunity to start a conversation with new prospects, but what happens after the...
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, will discuss the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to fo...
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discuss how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. We'll cite examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He'll also highlight how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device. For more information, please visit https://www.mangoapps.com/.
SYS-CON Events announced today the How to Create Angular 2 Clients for the Cloud Workshop, being held June 7, 2016, in conjunction with 18th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Angular 2 is a complete re-write of the popular framework AngularJS. Programming in Angular 2 is greatly simplified. Now it’s a component-based well-performing framework. The immersive one-day workshop led by Yakov Fain, a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and...
What a difference a year makes. Organizations aren’t just talking about IoT possibilities, it is now baked into their core business strategy. With IoT, billions of devices generating data from different companies on different networks around the globe need to interact. From efficiency to better customer insights to completely new business models, IoT will turn traditional business models upside down. In the new customer-centric age, the key to success is delivering critical services and apps wit...
Join us at Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo 2016 – June 7-9 at the Javits Center in New York City and November 1-3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – and deliver your unique message in a way that is striking and unforgettable by taking advantage of SYS-CON's unmatched high-impact, result-driven event / media packages.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, will provide an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC Software has been named "Siver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. BMC is a global leader in innovative software solutions that help businesses transform into digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive advantage. BMC Digital Enterprise Management is a set of innovative IT solutions designed to make digital business fast, seamless, and optimized from mainframe to mo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobile software company with over 200 develope...
As cloud and storage projections continue to rise, the number of organizations moving to the cloud is escalating and it is clear cloud storage is here to stay. However, is it secure? Data is the lifeblood for government entities, countries, cloud service providers and enterprises alike and losing or exposing that data can have disastrous results. There are new concepts for data storage on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive data around the world. ...
SoftLayer operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With a global footprint of data centers and network points of presence, SoftLayer provides infrastructure as a service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. SoftLayer's modular architecture, full-featured API, and sophisticated automation provide unparalleled performance and control. Its flexible unified platform seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices linked via a world...
Companies can harness IoT and predictive analytics to sustain business continuity; predict and manage site performance during emergencies; minimize expensive reactive maintenance; and forecast equipment and maintenance budgets and expenditures. Providing cost-effective, uninterrupted service is challenging, particularly for organizations with geographically dispersed operations.
The IoTs will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development proc...
SYS-CON Events announced today TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget is the Web’s leading destination for serious technology buyers researching and making enterprise technology decisions. Its extensive global networ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
The essence of data analysis involves setting up data pipelines that consist of several operations that are chained together – starting from data collection, data quality checks, data integration, data analysis and data visualization (including the setting up of interaction paths in that visualization). In our opinion, the challenges stem from the technology diversity at each stage of the data pipeline as well as the lack of process around the analysis.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
Designing IoT applications is complex, but deploying them in a scalable fashion is even more complex. A scalable, API first IaaS cloud is a good start, but in order to understand the various components specific to deploying IoT applications, one needs to understand the architecture of these applications and figure out how to scale these components independently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite, will discuss the fundamental architecture of IoT applications, ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, will exhibit at the 18th International CloudExpo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.