Porter Auto DevOps

Auto Build with Cloud Native Buildpacks

Porter uses Cloud Native Buildpacks to build applications from source when no Dockerfile is present. By default, the heroku/buildpacks:18 builder is used to provide maximum parity with Heroku's auto build process.

In order for auto build to work correctly, certain basic expectations must be met at the application-level (for instance, NodeJS apps should specify a start command in npm start).

For reference, here is a list of supported language runtimes along with Heroku's language-specific buildpack documentation for the Heroku-18 Stack:

CI/CD with GitHub Actions

Porter uses GitHub Actions to automatically set up CI/CD within a connected GitHub repo. By default, services running on Porter will update with each push to the repo's main branch.

Porter creates the following GitHub secrets in a connected repo:

Secret NameSecret Value
ENV_<TEMPLATE_NAME>Contains the environment variables created through the Porter dashboard.
PORTER_TOKEN_<PROJECT_ID>Porter auth credentials
WEBHOOK_<TEMPLATE_NAME>Webhook ID for triggering a redeploy of the connected application.

Porter will also write a file to .github/workflows/porter_<template_name>.yaml in your repo to automatically configure a GitHub Actions workflow.

The general structure of this GitHub Actions workflow file is as follows:

name: Deploy to Porter
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    - name: Checkout code
      uses: actions/[email protected]
    - name: Download Porter
      id: download_porter
      run: |2
        name=$(curl -s https://api.github.com/repos/porter-dev/porter/releases/latest | grep "browser_download_url.*/porter_.*_Linux_x86_64\.zip" | cut -d ":" -f 2,3 | tr -d \")
        name=$(basename $name)
        curl -L https://github.com/porter-dev/porter/releases/latest/download/$name --output $name
        unzip -a $name
        rm $name
        chmod +x ./porter
        sudo mv ./porter /usr/local/bin/porter
    - name: Configure Porter
      id: configure_porter
      run: |2
        sudo porter auth login --token ${{secrets.PORTER_TOKEN_<PROJECT_ID>}}
        sudo porter docker configure
    - name: Docker build, push
      id: docker_build_push
      run: |2
        export $(echo "${{secrets.ENV_<TEMPLATE_NAME>}}" | xargs)
        sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cncf-buildpacks/pack-cli
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install pack-cli
        sudo pack build <IMAGE_REPO>:$(git rev-parse --short HEAD) --path ./ --builder heroku/buildpacks:18
        sudo docker push <IMAGE_REPO>:$(git rev-parse --short HEAD)
    - name: Deploy on Porter
      id: deploy_porter
      run: |2
        curl -X POST "https://dashboard.getporter.dev/api/webhooks/deploy/${{secrets.WEBHOOK_<TEMPLATE_NAME>}}?commit=$(git rev-parse --short HEAD)&repository=<IMAGE_REPO>"

Note: You can edit this file as desired or manually trigger the generated redeploy webhook to configure CI/CD.

Language Specific Notes


  • If you want to specify the node.js version, use the engines directive in your package.json. By default, Node.js v12 will be used. You can use ranges or wildcards, but do not include the "v" in a version, eg:
  "engines": {
    "node": "14.x"