How to migrate from CloudControl

Scalingo’s approach to Platform as a Service is close to CloudControl model. Both services are based on buildpacks and Procfile. Thanks to these similarities, the process only takes a few minute.

Even though we think this migration documentation is comprehensive enough, don't hesitate to contact our support to help you in the migration process.

1. Create an account on Scalingo

Just go at and follow the instructions to get an account.

2. Get used to the environment


Scalingo is proposing different ways communicate with its service, the more commoon is to use the web dashboard Here, you’ll be able to create and configure your applications.

Command line tool

The command line interface (CLI) is pretty simple to install. Just go at and follow the instructions. It is essentialy like installing a single binary on your system, there is no dependency to install, it just works.

You will find its documentation at following page: Introducing the CLI.

Everything which can be done in the web dashboard can be done with the CLI, and even more, like accessible your databases with helper commands or running one-off jobs for your apps.

Advanced usage: API

If you need to get things done automatically, you can use our open API. Its documentation can be located at Everything which can be done through our web dashboard or our CLI can be done with this API as we’re also using it.

3. Create your applications

Clicking on ‘+’ in the dashboard or with the CLI:

# Create an application named cloud-app
scalingo create cloud-app

4. Install required addons

Your application often need a database to run correctly. Most kind of databases are provided directly by Scalingo as addons. As previously you can do it on the dashboard by going in the ‘Addons’ tab of your application, or with our CLI:

# List all the addons available
scalingo addons-list

# List all the plans for an addon
scalingo addons-plans scalingo-postgresql

# Provision the 1GB plan of the PostgreSQL addon
scalingo addons-add -a cloud-app scalingo-postgresql 1g

You’ll find more information about these addons at

If an addon does not have an equivalent on Scalingo, you can use the environment variables of your CloudControl app, directly in your Scalingo app.

5. Configure your account to push your code

Before pushing your code, youd should setup your SSH key to authenticate your GIT pushes. With the dashboard, go on the ‘Keys’ page and upload your public SSH key (usually $HOME/.ssh/ Or obviously, you can do it with the CLI:

# Add a key named 'workstation-key' located at $HOME/.ssh/
scalingo keys-add workstation-key $HOME/.ssh/

6. Push your application

We’re using the same workflow as CloudControl, so you first need to add a remote to your git repository:

# Add Scalingo remote for 'cloud-app'
git remote add scalingo

# Push your code
git push scalingo master

That’s it, your application will be live in a minute.

7. Move your data from CloudControl to Scalingo

You can find in CloudControl documentation, for each database addon, the way to export your data.

To import them on Scalingo, it will depend the type of database you’re using.

You’ll find all the pieces of information you may need in the Databases page of this documentation.

8. Handling the custom domain names

What is called ‘alias’ on cloudcontrol is named ‘custom domain names’ on Scalingo. To migrate your app you’ve to modify the configuration of your app on Scalingo, and also the DNS field at your domain name registrar dashboard.

# Add the '' domain name to you application
scalingo -a cloud-app domains-add

For more informations about domains on Scalingo, take a look at our dedicated domain name management page.

Something else specific to your app?

Don’t hesitate to contact us at

schedule 16 Feb 2016