Heroku Compatibility

Our aim for Scalingo is to be fully compatible with Heroku. If your app works on Heroku, it will work on Scalingo. We have added several compatibility layers for that matter.


If a Procfile is available in the source code of your app, it will be used. See the dedicated Procfile page for more information.

The Procfile release entry does not exist on Scalingo, and thus it won’t be executed.

The postdeploy hook exists with similar functionality. The difference is that the postdeploy hook is only getting executed at the end of a successful deployment, not at each change of variable/addon modification (creating a release).


Most buildpacks and their functionalities work exactly the same as on Heroku. Some buildpacks are written and maintained on our own.

It’s open source. Check our GitHub account to see the whole list.


Heroku uses the file app.json for describing your application. The file on Scalingo is named scalingo.json and its format is fully compatible with the format used by Heroku.

The Scalingo manifest file has a few specifics. You can find out more about it in the dedicated documentation page: Scalingo JSON Manifest.

Environment Variables

Because we’d like to conform as much as possible to the 12-factor principle, you can configure your app through environment variables that are injected into the context of your application.

Realtime Deployment

Based on a Git hook. Just git push your code!

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