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Tarball Deployment


Introduced in 0.4.0

tar:from <app> <url>                           # Loads an app tarball from url
tar:in <app>                                   # Reads an tarball containing the app from stdin


When triggering dokku ps:rebuild APP on an application deployed via the tar plugin, the following may occur:

  • Applications previously deployed via another method (git): The application may revert to a state before the latest custom image tag was deployed.
  • Applications that were only ever deployed via the tar plugin: The application will be properly rebuilt.

Please use the appropriate tar command when redeploying an application deployed via tarball.


Deploying from a tarball

In some cases, it may be useful to deploy an application from a tarball. For instance, if you implemented a non-git based deployment plugin, tarring the generated artifact may be an easier route to interface with the existing Dokku infrastructure.

You can place the tarball on an external webserver and deploy via the tar:from command.

dokku tar:from node-js-app

Deploying via stdin

As an alternative, a deploy can be trigged from a tarball read from stdin using the tar:in command:

# run from the generated artifact directory
tar c . $* | dokku tar:in node-js-app