Get Started with Meteor on Scalingo


Before doing this tutorial you should have setup your environment:

Initialize your application

# Install Meteor
$ curl | /bin/sh

# Create your app
$ meteor create my-app
$ cd my-app

# Add everything in the Git repository
$ git init .
$ git commit -m "Init meteor application"

Create your application and provision a MongoDB database

The Meteor framework uses extensively MongoDB as a database. Hence you need to provision a new instance of this database to your application.

$ scalingo create my-app
Git repository detected: remote scalingo added
→ 'git push scalingo master' to deploy your app

$ scalingo --app my-app addons-add scalingo-mongodb mongo-sandbox
-----> Addon scalingo-mongodb has been provisionned
       ID: my-app-7247
       Modified variables: [MONGO_URL SCALINGO_MONGO_URL]
       Message from addon provider: Database successfully created

Deploy your application!

$ git push scalingo master

Access your application

Waiting for your application to boot...
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Now you can have fun with meteor and all its real-time feature. Of course, we support WebSocket!

Additional steps

Setup of MAIL_URL

Meteor is automatically reading the address of the email server it will send emails from the environment variable MAIL_URL. The URL has the following structure:


To add the environment variable, run the following command or add it through your dashboard.

scalingo env-set MAIL_URL=<smtp_url>

More information in the official Meteor documentation.

Snippet to send an email with Meteor

recipient = ""
  from: process.env.EMAIL_FROM,
  to: recipient,
  subject: "Test email to " + recipient,
  text: "Hello " + recipient + "\n\nThis is a simple test email\n"

Automatically Meteor will use the MAIL_URL server address and send the email.

Use of an external SMTP server

Scalingo is not an email server provider, as this is an entirely other job we encourage you to use services specialized into that. Here is a list containing a few actors on the market of email as a service:

This list is not exclusive, but all of them will work perfectly with Scalingo. In each case, create an account, register a new sending domain and sending address and build the MAIL_URL from the credentials given by the provider.

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