Introduced in 0.3.1
apps:clone <old-app> <new-app> # Clones an app apps:create <app> # Create a new app apps:destroy <app> # Permanently destroy an app apps:exists <app> # Checks if an app exists apps:list # List your apps apps:lock <app> # Locks an app for deployment apps:locked <app> # Checks if an app is locked for deployment apps:rename <old-app> <new-app> # Rename an app apps:report [<app>] [<flag>] # Display report about an app apps:unlock <app> # Unlocks an app for deployment
Introduced in 0.8.1. Use the
apps command for older versions.
You can easily list all available applications using the
Note that you can easily hide extra output from Dokku commands by using the
--quiet flag, which makes it easier to parse on the command line.
Checking if an application exists
For CI/CD pipelines, it may be useful to see if an application exists before creating a "review" application for a specific branch. You can do so via the
apps:exists command will return non-zero if the application does not exist, and zero if it does.
Manually creating an application
A common pattern for deploying applications to Dokku is to configure an application before deploying it. You can do so via the
Once created, you can configure the application as normal, and deploy the application whenever ready. This is useful for cases where you may wish to do any of the following kinds of tasks:
- Configure domain names and SSL certificates.
- Create and link datastores.
- Set environment variables.
Removing a deployed app
In some cases, you may need to destroy an application, whether it is because the application is temporary or because it was misconfigured. In these cases, you can use the
apps:destroy command. Performing any destructive actions in Dokku requires confirmation, and this command will ask for the name of the application being deleted before doing so.
This will prompt you to verify the application's name before destroying it. You may also use the
--force flag to circumvent this verification process:
--force flag can also be specified on the command vs globally:
Destroying an application will unlink all linked services and destroy any config related to the application. Note that linked services will retain their data for later use (or removal).
Renaming a deployed app
Introduced in 0.4.7
You can rename a deployed app using the
apps:rename command. Note that the application must have been deployed at least once, or the rename will not complete successfully:
Destroying node-js-app (including all add-ons) -----> Cleaning up... -----> Building io-js-app from herokuish... -----> Adding BUILD_ENV to build environment... -----> Node.js app detected -----> Creating runtime environment ... =====> Application deployed: http://io-js-app.ci.dokku.me Renaming node-js-app to io-js-app... done
This will copy all of your app's contents into a new app directory with the name of your choice, delete your old app, then rebuild the new version of the app and deploy it. All of your config variables, including database urls, will be preserved.
By default, Dokku will deploy the renamed app, though you can skip the deploy by using the
Remember to also change your git remote on your local machine in order to make
git push dokku main:master work again. For this you can use
git remote set-url.
Cloning an existing app
Introduced in 0.11.5
You can clone an existing app using the
apps:clone command. Note that the application must have been deployed at least once, or cloning will not complete successfully:
This will copy all of your app's contents into a new app directory with the name of your choice and then rebuild the new version of the app and deploy it with the following caveats:
- All of your environment variables, including database urls, will be preserved.
- Custom domains are not applied to the new app.
- SSL certificates will not be copied to the new app.
- Port mappings with the scheme
443will be skipped.
If you have exposed specific ports via
docker-options plugin, or performed anything that cannot be done against multiple applications,
apps:clone may result in errors.
By default, Dokku will deploy this new app, though you can skip the deploy by using the
Finally, if the application already exists, you may wish to ignore errors resulting from attempting to clone over it. To do so, you can use the
--ignore-existing flag. A warning will be emitted, but the command will return
Locking app deploys
Introduced in 0.11.6
If you wish to disable deploying for a period of time, this can be done via deploy locks. Normally, deploy locks exist only for the duration of a deploy so as to avoid deploys from colliding, but a deploy lock can be created by running the
Unlocking app deploys
Introduced in 0.11.6
In some cases, it may be necessary to remove an existing deploy lock. This can be performed via the
Removing the deploy lock will not stop in progress deploys. At this time, in progress deploys will need to be manually terminated by someone with server access.
Checking lock status
Introduced in 0.13.0
In some cases, you may wish to inspect the state of an app lock. To do so, you can issue an
apps:lock command. This will exit non-zero if there is no app lock in place.
Displaying reports for an app
Introduced in 0.8.1
You can get a report about the deployed apps using the
=====> node-js-app app information App created at: 1635126111 App dir: /home/dokku/node-js-app App deploy source: git App deploy source metadata: cd7b8afccb202f222e7dc7b427553e71ba5ddafd App locked: false =====> python-sample app information App created at: 1635126000 App dir: /home/dokku/python-sample App deploy source: App deploy source metadata: App locked: false =====> ruby-sample app information App created at: 1635122462 App dir: /home/dokku/ruby-sample App deploy source: git App deploy source metadata: c60921ea2799ca108276414b95ea197f16798d51 App locked: false
You can run the command for a specific app also.
You can pass flags which will output only the value of the specific information you want. For example: