Deploy Your App

We're almost finished with our Electrode app further development. The final step is to deploy electrode-app and share it with your fellow developers using Heroku. We have listed the steps below, but feel free to learn more about Heroku here. These instructions assume you have a GitHub account. Navigate to your GitHub and create a new empty repo 'Electrode-App'. Hit the clone electrode-repo and follow the steps below in order:

$ git init
$ git add .
$ git commit -m 'first commit'
$ git remote add origin
$ git push -u origin master

Navigate to the Heroku site and set up a free account. This will help streamline our deployment process (we will do this several times).

Next, let's quickly deploy electrode-app from the command line. Click here to download and install the Heroku CLI for your machine.

When you are finished installing, log in using the email address and password you used when creating your Heroku account.

$ heroku login

Enter your Heroku credentials:


You should see a terminal message Logged in as . Now, let's deploy!

You'll need to specify the version of node and npm you are using on your machine into our package.json. Add the code below to your package.json. Make sure to change "node": "4.2.x", and "npm": 3.10.x to your actual node and npm version. To find out what versions you have, run node -v and npm -v in the command line

"engines": {
  "node": "4.2.x",
  "npm": "3.10.x"

It should now look similar to this:

  "name": "electrode-app",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "description": "your-app-description",
  "homepage": "electrode-app",
  "author": {
    "name": "your-name",
    "email": "",
    "url": "your-app-url"
  "engines": {
    "node": "^4.x.x || ^6.x.x",
    "npm": ">= 3.x.x"
  "contributors": [],
  "files": [
  "main": "server/index.js",
  "keywords": [],
  "repository": {
    "type": "git",
    "url": "your-repo-url"
  "license": "Apache-2.0",
  "scripts": {
    "start": "if test \"$NODE_ENV\" = \"production\"; then npm run prod; else clap dev; fi",
    "test": "clap test",
    "coverage": "clap check",
    "prod": "echo 'Starting standalone server in PROD mode'; node .",
    "heroku-postbuild": "clap build"
  "dependencies": {
    "bluebird": "^3.4.6",
    "electrode-archetype-react-app": "^1.0.0",
    "electrode-confippet": "^1.0.0",
    "electrode-redux-router-engine": "^1.2.2",
    "electrode-server": "^1.0.0",
    "electrode-static-paths": "^1.0.0",
    "lodash": "^4.10.1"
  "devDependencies": {
    "electrode-archetype-react-app-dev": "^1.0.0"

Use the following commands to commit your changes:

$ git add .
$ git commit -m "Updates package.json with node version"

Create an app on Heroku (which prepares Heroku to receive your source code). This will also create a git remote called heroku and generate a random name:

$ heroku create

Alternatively, you can also create an app that will generate a your app's name (if it is available):

$ heroku create electrode-app

Use the command below to set a configuration so that Heroku installs Electrode-App's devDependencies:

$ heroku config:set NPM_CONFIG_PRODUCTION=false

Use the command below to set a configuration for production.js, only set this if you intend to serve static files with a CDN.

$ heroku config:set STATIC_FILES_OFF=true

Now deploy your code:

$ git push heroku master

Visit the app at the generated URL by using this command:

$ heroku open did it! Click here for our deployed Heroku version. We will build even more in our Getting Started: Intermediate and cover complex topics like routing, server plugins and other powerful deployment software.

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