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Deploy examples & apps on Elestio using the "clone template" feature

This tutorial will show you how to use our clone template feature in CI/CD. We're going to use a Simple Javascript web application, but you can use any template and deploy it in the same way. 🚀

The clone template feature was similar to forking our examples from GITHUB and deploying it using an import git repository tab in Ci/CD, but using the clone template was easier because you didn't have to manually fork our template example and then deploy it using our import git repository tab. If you choose a template from the CI/CD clone template feature, Elestio will automatically create an example template repository in your git account and deploy it to the cloud. In this case, all you need to do is choose the template.

You probably heard about Kubernetes (and all its complexity) or various options to deploy your apps like Heroku, Render Fly, or Railways. They all have something in common, those products are building your own source code on every commit from your GIT repository.

Elestio is doing the same ...  but different! Instead of deploying your app to a shared cluster, we deploy to dedicated VMs.

To learn more about the elestio CI/CD, go here.

If you're new, sign up for Elestio, otherwise, login to your existing account.

Deploy Elestio apps to the cloud using the CI/CD Clone template feature.

Step 1:

Go to CI/CD from the left sidebar.

Step 2:

Now, select the deployment source.

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In this tutorial, I'm deploying using GITHUB, but you can also use GITLAB if you have a project there.

Step 3:

Select the Clone Template Tab.

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Here you can see the most interesting and well-liked tech stacks' elestio templates.

As I'm deploying a Static Java Script Web Application, I've chosen these, but you can adopt whatever you want.

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Now click the Select button to proceed.

If you have already authenticated your GITHUB or GITLAB account in CI/CD for repository access, you can fill up the below details directly. Otherwise, you must first authenticate your GIT account with elestio CI/CD for repository creation into your account.

We require GIT authentication in order to create these example template repositories in your GIT account.

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Here you can check the checkbox Create private Git Repository if you want to make these repo private otherwise leave it unchecked and click the Next button for further steps.

Step 4:

Choose Deployment Targets

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Elestio offers two types of deployment targets "Deploy on a  new VM" and "Deploy on an existing VM".

You are allowed to set up n pipelines on each elestio CI/CD target/VM. According to the project configuration you select and the project you're deploying, the number of pipelines varies.

If you want to deploy these projects as a pipeline on a new Target/VM or don't have any installed targets, choose "Deploy on a new VM." If you already have any installed or previously configured CI/CD targets/VMs, choose "Deploy on an existing VM," and then choose the existing target from the targets dropdown.

Follow the steps below only if you select "Deploy on a new VM," otherwise click the next button to proceed.

CI/CD Pipelines by Elestio are available with our 5 cloud partners (AWS Lightsail, Digital Ocean, Vultr, Linode & Hetzner) in 85 locations over 27 countries but also on any cloud (AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle, ...) and on-premise with BYOVM.

  • Select Service Cloud Provider

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  • Select Service Cloud RegionScreenshot 2022-11-02 194242.png
  •  Select Service PlanScreenshot 2022-11-02 194721.png

  • Now Customize the target name and project (where the CICD Target will be created). 

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If you want to deploy it with a different name and a different project, you can customize it. By default, we configure it with a dynamic target name and the current project.

Step 5:

Configure your Project

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You can configure the project details by filling up the project name, branch, run time, version, framework, and root directory.

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You can configure your project install, run, and build commands in the Build and output setting.

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The configuration of life cycle scripts is always optional; they should only be used if you want to execute a specific command before and after building your project. Otherwise, leave them empty.

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You can list all of your project's API keys and secrets here if they were saved in ENV

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The final step is to configure the exposed port and reverse proxy settings. You can specify the port on which your project will run here.

If your project includes elestio.yml, Elestio will auto-fill all of these fields. As in this tutorial, we're using our Simple Javascript web application elestio example, so you can see in the above images that all of our fields are auto-filled.

A sample elestio.yml for a Simple Javascript web application is shown below. check it out on github

  runTime: "static"
  version: ""
  framework: ""
  buildCommand: ""
  buildDir: ""
  runCommand: ""
  - protocol: "HTTPS"
    targetProtocol: "HTTP"
    listeningPort: "443"
    targetPort: "3000"
    targetIP: ""
    public: true
    path: "/"
    isAuth: false
    login: ""
    password: ""
  - protocol: "HTTP"
    hostPort: "3000"
    containerPort: "80"
    interface: ""

Step 6:

Click the Create CI/CD pipeline button to deploy your pipeline.

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In a couple of moments, your application was successfully deployed on elestio 🚀.

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You can now view your deployed URL and access your application by going to desired application pipeline details.

Please let us know by contacting our support email or ticketing system if you give it a shot and encounter any problems or if anything goes wrong.

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