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Sails.js and Angular application: Build and deploy

Sails.js and Angular application: Build and deploy


In this tutorial we will go through how to deploy a Sails.js and Angular application.

Before you begin

Before we begin, make sure to have the following:

  • A server to deploy to
  • A Sails.js application that is ready to be deployed. If you don’t have an application you can follow this tutorial to create one.

Step 1. Prepare application for deployment

Note: If you have your own Sails.js application, you can skip this step.

If you are using the Sails.js application from the tutorial, there is one small change to make. Make sure your bower.json file looks identical to one the below:

  "name": "assets",
  "dependencies": {
    "angular-bootstrap": "~0.11.0",
    "angular-moment": "~0.7.1",
    "angular-route": "~1.2.17",
    "angular": "~1.2.19",
    "angular-mocks": "~1.2.21",
    "jquery": "~2.1.3",
    "bootstrap": "~3.3.5"

Once you have made sure your bower.json is identical to the one above, we can push our files to a repository. You can also make sure your application works by running it locally with the sails lift command:

Sails + Angular Application

Step 2. Push files to a repository

For more information on how to create a repository:

Step 3. Set up your server

If you do not have a Pipelines account, sign up for one now.

Note: You will need remote access to the server you are deploying to.

The next step is to install the Pipelines agent on the server we are going to deploy our Application to. For demonstration purposes, I am using an Ubuntu 14.04 server hosted by DigitalOcean.

Install Pipelines agent on your server

To be able to deploy your application to your server you will need to install the Pipelines agent. You will need remote access to your server to complete the installation. Please consult the below information on how to install the Pipelines agent on your server.

Note: This installation requires root (administrator) permissions.

To install on Linux or macOS X you can use either curl or Wget with one of the following syntaxes:

wget -qO- | sh
curl -sSL | sh

To install on Windows, copy and paste the following PowerShell command into a command (cmd) window.

powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))" & SET PATH=%PATH%;%ProgramFiles%/Distelli

Complete the install

To complete the install of the agent, you must issue the sudo /usr/local/bin/distelli agent install command.

sudo /usr/local/bin/distelli agent install
ServerA:~$ <b>wget -qO- | sh</b>
This script requires superuser privileges to install packages
Please enter your password at the sudo prompt

[sudo] password for bmcgehee: 
    Installing Distelli CLI 3.51 for architecture 'Linux-x86_64'...
To install the agent, run:
    sudo /usr/local/bin/distelli agent install
ServerA:~$ <b>sudo /usr/local/bin/distelli agent install</b>
Distelli Email:
    1: User: jdoe
    2: Team: janedoe/TeamJane
Team [2]: <b>1</b>
Server Info:
Starting upstart daemon with name:  

For more information on installing the agent see Installing the Pipelines agent.

Step 4. Create Pipelines Applications

In the Pipelines for Applications web UI, click Applications, then click New App.

Create a new Distelli Application

Select the repository type where you are storing your applications files.

Name Your Distelli App

After we click the button to connect to our repository, we select the appropriate repo that contains the files.

Choose Your Distelli Repo

Select the appropriate branch for your deployment. I have only a master branch, but you can deploy any branch from your repo.

Choose Your Distelli Repo's Branch

Next, we are prompted to set our build steps. Leave this section as is. For this particular application we will not setting any Build Steps.

Distelli New App Build Steps

The final step is select our Build Image. In this case, we are going to select “Distelli Javascript (Docker)” for our Sails App. Make sure the Auto Build checkbox is enabled, and click Looks good. Start Build!.

Start Distelli Build

Configure Deploy Steps

Once your application has been created, navigate to your Application page and open your newly created application.

Click Manifest.

Manifest Tab for Distelli App

Expand the Deployment Manifest section by clicking the plus sign. This is where we are going to configure the commands to run during our deployment.

Scroll down to your PreInstall section and enter the following:

Note: You can remove this section from your manifest after your initial deployment.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:chris-lea/node.js
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties git -y
sudo apt-get install nodejs -y
sudo npm install bower sails -g

Distelli PreInstall Commands

Scroll down to your PostInstall section and enter the following:

sudo npm install
/usr/bin/bower install

Distelli PostInstall Commands

Scroll down to your Exec section and enter the following:

echo "Start Sails Application"
/usr/bin/sails lift

Distelli Exec Commands

Create environment

To deploy our application in production mode, we need to create a environment. Click the Environments tab and the New Environment button. Enter in the information for you newly created environment, and then navigate to the environment’s page. Once on your environment’s page, add the following Environmental Variable:

export NODE_ENV=production

Environment Variables

Rebuild the application

Because we changed our deployment steps, we need to rebuild our application. To trigger a new build, click the hammer (Build Application) icon in the upper right corner. This triggers a build of your latest code, build steps, and deployment steps.

Navigate to your Builds page and click the active build to watch it progress. Once your build is complete, a green box indicates that your build was successful.

Successful Sails + Angular Build

Step 5. Deploy application

Now that we have successfully built our application, we are ready to deploy to our server. On the Builds page click New Deployment.

Sails + Angular Distelli Build

Once you click the button, you should be directed to the deployment page. The first step is to select the Deploy a Release option.

Deploy Distelli Release

You are prompted to select the application you want to deploy. Select the application we created earlier in the tutorial.

Select Distelli Application for Deployment

Then you are prompted to select the release you would like to deploy. For now there should be only one release for deployment.

Choose Your Distelli Release

The last step in our deployment is to select the environment you want to deploy to. First you will need to create an environment by enter a name and selecting the Add Environment button.

Select Distelli Deployment Environment

Next select the Environment you just created and click All Done.

Select Distelli Deployment Environment

Now you need add your server. Click Add Servers to get started. Select the server you configured earlier in the tutorial, and add it to your account. Once you have added your server, close the Add Servers panel and continue with your deployment. You are shown a final option to set your delay between deployments on your servers and a Start Deployment button.

Start Your Distelli Deployment

Click Start Deployment to begin your deployment. A deployment page opens, where you can view the progress of your deployment. Click log on the left side to view realtime streaming logs for the deployment.

Distelli Deployment Successful

You should now be able to point your browser to http://<-You Server's IP Address->:1337 and see your Sails + Angular Application!

Sails + Angular Successful Deployment

You have now set up a Sails + Angular Application with continuous integration and continuous deployment! Thanks for following along and happy coding!

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