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Deploy a NodeJS app on Heroku in less than 1 minute

Actually, the time you need to deploy an app depends on how fast you are to copy & paste.


Your code must be hosted in a git repository.

Steps to set up the environment the first time

  1. Sign up (or log in) to <a href="http://heroku.com">heroku.com</a>
  2. download <a href="https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/heroku-cli">heroku's command for the console</a> (select the right version for your operating system).
  3. be sure the command is installed: heroku -v (you should see some output)
  4. launch heroku loginand log in with your email and password.
  5. Upload ssh keys to heroku: heroku keys:add
  6. ssh -v git@heroku.com: even if the command seems to fail, check that the long output contains the row
debug1: Authentication succeeded (publickey).

Generally it is one of the last 5-6 rows. If this log is present, everything is set up correctly.

Steps to set up the environment with the NodeJs app

  • Set the host port of your application as an environment variable:
const port = process.env.PORT || 3000 ;  
  • set the npm start script, in package.json:
"scripts": {
   "start": "node server.js",

  • Check that the app runs correctly: npm start
  • launch heroku create: will create a new remote for your repository named heroku
  • git push heroku : will push your code to heroku
  • heroku open: will open your webapp in the browser

For every modification you do to your code, just commit and git push heroku!