- Git – Heroku relies on Git being installed on your system. You should install it beforehand.
- Heroku – If you haven’t done so already, follow the first two steps of the Getting Started on Heroku with Ruby. They cover signing up for Heroku, installing the Heroku client, and logging in through the client.
2 Creating a new Refinery application on Heroku
First you need to install Refinery. To do that you need the refinerycms gem.
gem install refinerycms
Now it’s time to create your Refinery application using the built in --heroku option:
refinerycms myapp --heroku
Watch the output for these lines:
Creating Heroku app.. Running: cd /path/to/app/myapp && heroku create Creating random-site-name..... done Created http://random-site-name.herokuapp.com/
This will output the URL for your Heroku-hosted Refinery application. Your application should now be live at http://random-site-name.heroku.com.
that you may have issues precompiling your assets, which may result in system images not loading. Skip to the following Step 3 for a fix.
3 Deploying an existing local Refinery application
If you have already built a Refinery application locally, you’ll need to make some changes to be able to deploy to Heroku.
3.1 Step 1: Update the Gemfile
3.1.1 If your local database is not PostgreSQL
You don’t have to change your local database settings to use PostgreSQL, but
Heroku depends on the presence of the
pg gem. So, in your Gemfile, change:
gem 'sqlite3' # or whatever the database driver for your local database is
group :development, :test do gem 'sqlite3' end group :production do gem 'pg' end
Using differing databases for development and production is not recommended. Occasionally, specific Rails idioms may have different effects on different databases. We encourage you to set up and develop on PostgreSQL if you intend to deploy your application to Heroku.
3.1.2 Others additions to append in the Gemfile
ruby 2.3.1 # or the newest version of Ruby group :production do gem 'dragonfly-s3_data_store' gem 'rails_12factor' gem 'puma' end
3.1.3 Getting a place to store files
If you want to use Refinery’s image and resource support, you need to add the ‘fog’ gem too. Edit the Gemfile as shown in Adding Amazon S3 Support below (you can do the other steps in that section after your site is first deployed).
3.2 Step 2: Configure the Puma web server
3.2.1 Create the Procfile
Create the Procfile in the root of your directory:
web: bundle exec puma -C config/puma.rb
3.2.2 Create the puma.rb config file
Create the puma config file in config/puma.rb +:
threads Integer(ENV['MIN_THREADS'] || 1), Integer(ENV['MAX_THREADS'] || 16) workers Integer(ENV['PUMA_WORKERS'] || 3) rackup DefaultRackup port ENV['PORT'] || 3000 environment ENV['RACK_ENV'] || 'development' preload_app! on_worker_boot do # worker specific setup ActiveSupport.on_load(:active_record) do ActiveRecord::Base.establish_connection end end
3.3 Step 3: Set up asset precompilation
Inside config/environments/production.rb, Make sure that config.assets.compile is set to true add the following:
config.assets.compile = true
3.4 Step 4: Applying your changes
Now we just need to run bundle and add the changes to git:
bundle install git add Gemfile git add Gemfile.lock git add Procfile git add config/puma.rb git commit -m "setup for Heroku"
3.5 Step 4: Set up your app on Heroku:
app_name="your-app-name" heroku create $app_name --stack cedar-14 git push heroku master
3.6 Step 6 (Option 1): Start from clean slate
If you haven’t set up anything locally, or don’t want to copy your local database to heroku, you’ll need to run a few commands to get Refinery’s database set up.
heroku run rake db:migrate heroku run rake db:seed
This will set up the required database tables, and set up a homepage. Log in to your site to set up your first user.
3.7 Step 6 (Option 2): Copy your data from your local database to the Heroku app
If you’ve developed your website locally, you likely have information in a local database that you would like to use. Rather than trying to recreate all that on Heroku, Heroku provides you with a task to push your local database to Heroku.
4 Adding Amazon S3 Support
If you want to use Refinery’s image and resource support you’ll need to setup storage, too. Heroku does not persist your app’s local filesystem, so to store uploaded files, you need to store them “in the cloud”. This section explains how to store the files in Amazon S3.
On Amazon S3, create a bucket called “my_app_production”. Then add this to the end of your Gemfile (this might already be done for you):
group :production do gem 'fog-aws' end
Next, tell Heroku about your new S3 bucket.
heroku config:add S3_KEY=123key S3_SECRET=456secret S3_BUCKET=my_app_production
Make sure the config vars you add to Heroku match Refinery’s environment variables: S3_KEY, S3_SECRET, and S3_BUCKET
If you have created your bucket in a region other than us-east-1 you need to add S3_REGION also.
heroku config:add S3_REGION=s3region
That’s it! Heroku will restart your site and it should be live with S3 support.
5.1 Missing a required gem
Simply add that gem to the Gemfile.
5.2 Images or Resources don’t work
Double check your S3_ information and make sure that the right buckets actually exist. You can confirm against the values Heroku has recorded by running heroku config.
See the How to use Amazon S3 for storage guide for more specific information on file storage.
5.3 Other problems?
Otherwise, run heroku logs or heroku logs --tail and see if you can spot the error yourself. Or you could explore the help options available.