How to Deploy an Express.js Application to Production on Code Capsules
A video for this guide can be found here if you prefer watching to reading.
Deploy an Express.js application and learn how to host backend code on Code Capsules.
To demonstrate how to deploy an Express.js application with Code Capsules, we’ve provided an example application which you can find on the Code Capsules GitHub repository.
Sign in to GitHub, and fork the example application by clicking “Fork” at the top-right of your screen and selecting your GitHub account as the destination.
Create an Account with Code Capsules
If you don’t already have an account, navigate to the Code Capsules site and click the “Sign Up” button in the top right corner of the screen. Enter your details to create an account, or log in to an existing one.
If you’ve just signed up for an account, you’ll be directed to a welcome page on your first login. Click on the “Go To Personal Team” button.
Alternatively, if you’re signing in again, click on “Spaces” in the top right corner of your screen.
Code Capsules gives every account a Personal Team by default. A Team is an environment for you to manage your Spaces and Capsules. For a better understanding of Teams, Spaces, and Capsules, take a look at our explanation.
Create a Space for Your Apps
Spaces are an organisational tool for your applications. You can select the Personal Space that you find in your default Personal Team to host this application, or you can create a new Space. In the Spaces Tab, click the "Create A New Space For Your Apps" button.
Follow the prompts, choosing your region and giving your Space a name, then click “Create Space”.
Link to GitHub
To link to GitHub, click your profile image at the top right of the Code Capsules screen and find the “GitHub” button under “GitHub Details”.
Click the “GitHub” button, select your GitHub username, and do the following in the dialog box that appears:
- Select "Only Select Repositories".
- Choose the GitHub repository we forked.
- Press "Install & Authorize".
Add Repository to Team
Select "Team Settings" in the top navigation bar to switch to the Team Settings tab.
Click on the "Modify" button under the Team Repos section, and an “Edit Team Repos” screen will slide in from the right. Click “Add” next to the demo repo, and then “Confirm”. All the Spaces in your Team will now have access to this repo.
Create the Capsule
A Capsule provides the server for hosting an application on Code Capsules.
Navigate to the “Spaces” tab and open the Space you’ll be using.
Click the “Create a New Capsule for Your Space” button, and follow the instructions below:
- Choose “Backend Capsule”.
- Under “Product”, select “Sandbox”.
- Choose the GitHub repository you forked.
- Press “Next”.
- Leave “Run Command” blank.
- Click “Create Capsule”.
Code Capsules will automatically build your application when you’ve finished creating the Capsule. While the build is in progress, you can view the log by clicking “View Build Progress” next to the “Building Capsule” message. When the build is complete, a “Live Website” link will appear at the top of the tab.
Once your application is live, you can view the build log by selecting the “Deploy” tab and clicking the “View build log” link in the “Builds” section.
Once the build is complete, a “Live Website” link will appear at the top of the tab. Click the link and you should see your deployed application.
If you’d like to deploy another application in a different language or framework, take a look at our other deployment guides.