A Meteor Node.js App to Heroku in 5 Minutes
Meteor is an amazing framework to rapidly build fully interactive web applications based on node.js and MongoDB.
I had a look at the video on the home page and I was quite impressed. I wanted to check it out myself on the web so I installed the framework
curl https://install.meteor.com | /bin/sh
and then went ahead with creating a new app.
If you create a new app you probably won't have a feeling of where to start. So instead of starting from scratch, try starting from one of the examples
meteor create --example parties
Now that you have the code just browse through the client and the server folders, you can get a feeling of how to structure a web app.
Ok now, let's chuck it on Heroku
cd parties heroku create devparties --stack cedar --buildpack https://github.com/jordansissel/heroku-buildpack-meteor.git
The command above will create a new heroku app called devparties using this buildpack that has all the configuration to use a MongoHQ free db.
Now let's use git to add to Heroku
git init git commit -a -m "Initial commit"
Before pushing you will have to add the remote (heroku) git url
git remote add heroku firstname.lastname@example.org:devparties.git git push heroku master
OK, that's it. You have your app running.
There is one last thing you command you'll have to run to set the ROOT_URL ( not sure, must be in the buildpack somewhere.. )
Anyway, if you get an error like
Starting process with command `PATH=.meteor/local/usr/bin:.meteor/local/usr/lib/meteor/bin:bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin NODE_PATH=.meteor/local/usr/lib/meteor/lib/node_modules MONGO_URL=mongodb://heroku:email@example.com:10011/app11455582 node .meteor/local/build/main.js` 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: ^ 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: app/packages/meteor/url_common.js:14 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: at Object.Meteor.absoluteUrl (app/packages/meteor/url_common.js:14:13) 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: at app/packages/accounts-password/email_templates.js:3:20 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: throw new Error("Must pass options.rootUrl or set ROOT_URL in the server 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: Error: Must pass options.rootUrl or set ROOT_URL in the server environment 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: at Array.forEach (native) 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: at Function._.each._.forEach (/app/.meteor/local/build/server/node_modules/underscore/underscore.js:79:11) 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: at run (/app/.meteor/local/build/server/server.js:99:7) 2013-01-31T00:03:57+00:00 app[web.1]: at /app/.meteor/local/build/server/server.js:113:21 2013-01-31T00:03:58+00:00 heroku[web.1]: Process exited with status 1
then run the command
heroku config:add ROOT_URL=http://devparties.herokuapp.com
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