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Deploying Sharetribe to Heroku

Deploying to Heroku

  1. Deploy the app to heroku following heroku normal instructions (add link to heroku help)

  2. Set heroku environment variables

    Make sure all the options in config.yml are properly set then run:

     bundle exec rake heroku:config

    Copy, paste and run the generated command

  3. Remove postgres addon

     heroku addons:destroy heroku-postgresql
  4. Addons: MemCachier (free) and SSL ($20)

     heroku addon:create memcachier:dev
     heroku addons:create ssl:endpoint
  5. Addons: New Relic

     heroku addon:create newrelic:wayne

    Open the addon by running

     heroku addon:open newrelic

    Click on the top-right dropdown menu and select "Account Settings". On your account page, copy your License key. Open config/newrelic.yml to set license_key variable value to your license.

  6. Addon: Flying Sphinx ($55)

     heroku addons:create flying_sphinx:ceramic

    Ceramic plan is needed for Delta indexes. If you can manage without Delta Indexing, smaller plan is also ok

  7. Addon: MySQL

     heroku addon:create cleardb:ignite

    Now get your database url by running

     heroku config:get CLEARDB_DATABASE_URL

    Copy the value of CLEARDB_DATABASE_URL returned and CHANGE the adapter from mysql:// to mysql2:// (there's a 2 there). Then set the value of DATABASE_URL environment variable.

     heroku config:add DATABASE_URL='mysql2://{the rest of your connection string}'

    And initialize your database

     heroku run bundle exec rake db:schema:load
  8. Addon: Heroku scheduler

     heroku addon:create scheduler:standard

    Open the scheduler

     heroku addon:open scheduler

    And add the following jobs

    Job Frequency
    flying-sphinx index hourly
    rails runner "CommunityMailer.deliver_community_updates" Daily
    rake sharetribe:delete_expired_auth_tokens Daily

Recomended dyno sizes

  • web: Standard-2X
  • worker: Standard-2X
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stemado commented Sep 30, 2015

Haven't had a chance to try this yet, but formal instructions on this topic were much needed.

Many thanks!

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kubido commented Oct 10, 2015

just mention some typo for "heroku addon:" it should "heroku addons:" :)

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taranda commented Nov 8, 2015

Thanks. It took some doing, but I got this to deploy on Heroku. Thank you for the comprehensive guide. I will say that I had to remove the environment variable from the passenger max-pool-size to get this to work. If you run into deployment problems, consider changing the first line of Procfile to read:

web: bundle exec passenger start -p $PORT --max-pool-size 3


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piotrb commented Nov 8, 2015

Thanks for the guide, this needs to mention setting up sphinx properly.

  1. if you're using cleardb you need to grab the certificate chain from them and configure thinking sphinx to use that chain (the default seems to be a RDS cert chain)
  2. need to initialize flying sphinx with flying-sphinx rebuild first time around

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ghost6p commented Dec 15, 2015

Any idea how to get braintree working?


How to get gmail smtp working?

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mouddai commented Mar 16, 2016

When I execute : bundle exec rake heroku:config I have the following message:

rake aborted!
LoadError: cannot load such file -- mysql2
/Users/Inel/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.2.4/gems/thinking-sphinx-3.1.4/lib/thinking_sphinx.rb:6:in `require'

anyone has had the same problem ?

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mooreds commented Mar 29, 2016

Make sure you set up s3 too otherwise you won't be able to upload images.

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mooreds commented Mar 29, 2016

And make sure you set up a CDN as outlined here: otherwise your javascript and css assets won't be served once you set up s3.

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mooreds commented Apr 3, 2016

And don't forget to update your cdn settings to allow CORS sharing, as outlined here:

Otherwise your fonts will not work.

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sebap commented Jul 2, 2016

For sphinx this is what worked for me:
1 - Download your certificates (3 files) from ClearDB dashboard
2 - Remove password form the key file as follows:
$ openssl rsa -in cleardb_id-key.pem -out cleardb_id-key-no-password.pem
3 - Remove the -no-password from the new file and add the new file plus the other two to your repo and configure them under the prod section of your thinking_sphinx.yml
4 - deploy your changes and run
heroku run bundle exec flying-sphinx configure
heroku run bundle exec flying-sphinx rebuild
heroku run bundle exec flying-sphinx index 
heroku run bundle exec flying-sphinx start

5 - Try doing a search and you should not see the red error anymore

This is a good Q&A:

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mooreds commented Aug 11, 2016

If you are deploying 5.8, you need to make sure you set up the node multipack first otherwise the NPM calls will fail:

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johnsonyeap commented Jan 3, 2017

When there is no schema.rb in the project folder,

how will the following command works?

heroku run bundle exec rake db:schema:load

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@johnsonyeap - Sharetribe uses SQL - command is

heroku run bundle exec rake db:structure:load

Also, AFAIK SSL:endpoint addon is not necessary with less than 1% of browsers requiring it.

Instead, just upload your certificate to Heroku, no addon needed.

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I've created an updated version of these instructions if anyone needs them here


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cstbr commented Jan 23, 2017

What the mininum to deploy a serve at heroku? Like 500users? 1 dyno + ceramic + free addons?

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priyatam commented Sep 23, 2018

What are the values that should be overridden in config.yml? The default example doesn't mention the required fields.

Also, does anyone know why the following command fails:
heroku run bundle exec rake db:structure:load

bash: bundle: command not found.

I had already pushed the app once using `git push heroku' after creating the app.

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