I decided to start using Dokku rather than Heroku. I’m going to skip my reasoning for maybe another time. Today I just want to share a run-through of the steps involved. It’s surprisingly easy.
So first, build and boot up an Ubuntu 16.04 machine. I chose Linode as my VPS provider. I like their prices. `nuff said.
To install Dokku, ssh into your new machine and enter the following commands:
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/dokku/dokku/v0.8.2/bootstrap.sh; DOKKU_TAG=v0.8.2 bash bootstrap.sh
Create a dokku app, install the postgres plugin and link the db to the app:
dokku apps:create your-app-name dokku plugin:install https://github.com/dokku/dokku-postgres.git dokku postgres:create rails-database dokku postgres:link rails-database your-app-name
To deploy the app, from your local machine, you need to add a new git remote, and then push to that remote. The commands will look something like the following:
git remote add dokku firstname.lastname@example.org:your-app-name git push dokku master
I unfortunately ran into a timeout issue when deploying. On the server, you may have to use the following commands before your deploy will be successful:
dokku config:set --global CURL_TIMEOUT=600 dokku config:set --global CURL_CONNECT_TIMEOUT=30
Now, to setup SSL for your shiny new app, use the dokku-letsencrypt plugin. On the server, you’ll use the following commands:
dokku plugin:install https://github.com/dokku/dokku-letsencrypt.git dokku config:set --no-restart myapp DOKKU_LETSENCRYPT_EMAILemail@example.com dokku letsencrypt myapp
Setting up SSL has never been so easy!
To migrate your data from Heroku to Dokku. From your local machine, type the following:
heroku pg:backups capture --app your-app-name wget `heroku pg:backups public-url --app your-app-name` scp your-pg-backup-file root@yourlinodehost:~/
Now, back on the server, type:
apt install postgresql-client-common dokku postgres:import rails-database < pgbackup
And that’s it! It’s crazy how quick and easy it is. Your app should be up and running now. Cheers!