Get Started with Ruby on Scalingo
Installing the tools
This tutorial is depicting how to deploy a Ruby application on Scalingo
To be able to follow this tutorial, we assume that you have:
- A Scalingo account
- Ruby version 2.3.5+ – see the GoRails setup guide window, mac, linux
Bundler installed locally:
gem install bundler
- The Scalingo cli
Bootstrap your project
Let’s start by creating a new Ruby application:
$ mkdir my-ruby-app
$ cd my-ruby-app
And create your
$ bundle init
This will create a file name
Gemfile. This file will be used for describing gem dependencies for
your Ruby application.
Create your Ruby application
Let’s start by adding the
sinatra gem to our
Gemfile by adding the following line at the end of the file:
gem 'sinatra', '~> 2.0', '>= 2.0.1'
And start the gem installation:
$ bundle install
Once installed, create a file name
app.rb with the following content:
get '/' do
This will create a HTTP server using the Sinatra framework which will respond
Hello World when asked for the
To run your application, use:
$ ruby app.rb
And open a browser to localhost:4567.
Using a custom port
There is one issue with that code, it is that the application will always listen to the
But when deploying on Scalingo, the port that you should listen to is defined in the
environment variable. We should adapt our code to use this environment variable:
set :port, ENV['PORT'] || 4567
get '/' do
This line will tell Sinatra to listen to the port
4567 or the port defined in the
PORT environment variable if the
PORT environment variable is defined.
You can try this by setting the
PORT environment variable while launching your app:
PORT=3000 ruby app.rb
Now your app will be available at the following address: localhost:3000.
Tell Scalingo how to start your application
The last step before the deployment is to tell Scalingo how to start your application. This is done using a special file called Procfile.
Tell Scalingo to start the
web process with the
ruby app.rb command by creating a file called
Procfile with the following content:
web: ruby app.rb
Commit your change
It’s now time to commit our changes:
$ git init
$ git add .
$ git commit -m "Initial commit"
Create the app on Scalingo
Time to deploy our app! First we need to create our app on Scalingo. We can use the CLI with the following syntax:
$ scalingo create my-ruby-app
Deploy on Scalingo
Now all the hard work is done, push your application to Scalingo and let the magic happen:
$ git push scalingo master
Fetching source code
-----> Compiling Ruby/Rack
-----> Procfile declares types -> web
-----> Build complete, uploading deployment cache.
Build complete, shipping your container...
Waiting for your application to boot...
<-- https://my-ruby-app.osc-fr1.scalingo.io -->
To run a migration, you need to use a post-deployment hook.
The Ruby application starts up before the schema has changed, but does not receive a query.
As a result, if operations are started before the migration has been executed, the application may load the schema
pre-migration. A restart could be necessary after the migration.
The best practice is to perform non-destructive migrations, where a column rename is performed in several steps, rather than an
ALTER TABLE renaming a column.
A good example in
strong_migrations gem documentation.
Where to go next
You know how to deploy a Ruby app, now develop your project and build something amazing!
Here are some links that you could find useful:
- Need to store data? Look at our database addons
- Want your own domain name?
- Using a SCM tool such as GitHub? Our SCM integration will make your life easier.