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Setup Heroku

Get your heroku environment setup!

In this step we will get you set up with the tools necessary to deploy your web app to Heroku.

Why Heroku?

Heroku is a hosting platform that makes it easy to experiment and prototype. They provide a toolkit that works with what many developers are already using (git) and they provide hosting for small apps free of charge. For experimenting with a new language or framework, it’s often essential to get a prototype up and running quickly without having to worry about deployment, and Heroku provides that ease-of-use.

Getting started

First thing is to sign up for a Heroku account. It’s free and takes less than two minutes.

Next you’ll need to download the Heroku Toolbelt for your platform The package will install the heroku command and make sure it’s in your PATH.

Heroku’ing your project

Open your terminal and cd into the directory you created when you were setting up your project with git. You can do a git status to make sure you are in the right place – if you are not, you will get a message saying: fatal: Not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git or something equally off-putting.

Once you are in the correct directory, type into the terminal:

heroku create --stack cedar

This will create a heroku app on the cedar stack and add a remote repository to git. (bonus excerise: research what other stacks there are and why we are using cedar). It will also let you know where you can find you know where you can find your webapp once you’ve complete it.

To complete this exercise, copy the output of running the above command as a comment into the task.

Task Discussion