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Deploy Node.js Apps with Flightplan

##Setup your server (this would ideally be done with automated provisioning)

  • add a deploy user with password-less ssh see this gist
  • install forever npm install -g forever

##Install flightplan

  • npm install -g flightplan
  • in your project folder npm install flightplan --save-dev
  • create a flightplan.js file
var plan = require('flightplan');

var appName = 'node-app';
var username = 'deploy';
var startFile = 'bin/www';

var tmpDir = appName+'-' + new Date().getTime();

// configuration'staging', [
    host: '',
    username: username,
    agent: process.env.SSH_AUTH_SOCK
]);'production', [
    host: '',
    username: username,
    agent: process.env.SSH_AUTH_SOCK
//add in another server if you have more than one
// {
//   host: '',
//   username: username,
//   agent: process.env.SSH_AUTH_SOCK
// }

// run commands on localhost
plan.local(function(local) {
  // uncomment these if you need to run a build on your machine first
  // local.log('Run build');
  // local.exec('gulp build');

  local.log('Copy files to remote hosts');
  var filesToCopy = local.exec('git ls-files', {silent: true});
  // rsync files to all the destination's hosts
  local.transfer(filesToCopy, '/tmp/' + tmpDir);

// run commands on remote hosts (destinations)
plan.remote(function(remote) {
  remote.log('Move folder to root');
  remote.sudo('cp -R /tmp/' + tmpDir + ' ~', {user: username});
  remote.rm('-rf /tmp/' + tmpDir);

  remote.log('Install dependencies');
  remote.sudo('npm --production --prefix ~/' + tmpDir + ' install ~/' + tmpDir, {user: username});

  remote.log('Reload application');
  remote.sudo('ln -snf ~/' + tmpDir + ' ~/'+appName, {user: username});
  remote.exec('forever stop ~/'+appName+'/'+startFile, {failsafe: true});
  remote.exec('forever start ~/'+appName+'/'+startFile);


  • fly staging or fly production

##Take it to the next level Run your node app as a system service so it runs after server reboots

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