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Deploying Custom Services

Deployment Basics

In addition to Core Services, CX Cloud makes it really easy for you to deploy any Docker-based service. You just need to follow a few simple steps to deploy a service:

  • Make sure your project has a Dockerfile (this is just an example):

{% code-tabs %} {% code-tabs-item title="Dockerfile" %}

FROM nginx
COPY html /usr/share/nginx/html

{% endcode-tabs-item %} {% endcode-tabs %}

  • Create a file named .cxcloud.yaml in the root of your project:

{% code-tabs %} {% code-tabs-item title=".cxcloud.yaml" %}

  name: my-frontend
    name: my-frontend-image
    version: 1.1.1
  containerPort: 80
  replicas: 2
    - name: NODE_ENV
      value: production

{% endcode-tabs-item %} {% endcode-tabs %}

  • Run CX Cloud deployment tool:
$ cxcloud deploy

Your service will be deployed to your Kubernetes cluster.

Deployment Manifest Options

The .cxcloud.yaml file has different configurable sections:

Option Description The name of your service to be saved in Kubernetes The name of your docker image
deployment.image.repository Your AWS ECR Repository
deployment.image.version A version to tag your docker image with
deployment.containerPort Your Dockerfile's exposed port
deployment.replicas Number of replicas to be made (usually more than 1 just to be safe)
env A list of environment variables that will be attached to your deployment

You can use Bash environment variables anywhere in this file. Just prefix a string with $ to denote it:

  name: $MY_BASH_ENV

There are a few special environment variables that are available to be used:

Environment Variable Description
$APP_NAME The name field of your package.json (if available)
$APP_VERSION The version field of your package.json (if available)

For example you can set those environment variables on runtime:

$ MY_BASH_ENV=frontend cxcloud deploy

Deployment Environment Variables

The deployment.env option in the deployment manifest can be used to pass environment variables to your docker container when it's deployed to your Kubernetes cluster. This can be useful for passing things like secrets, environment config, etc.

  # ...
    - name: NODE_ENV
      value: production
    - name: MY_SECRET_KEY
      value: $SECRET_BASH_ENV

You can pass environment variables also when running the cxcloud deploy command:

$ cxcloud deploy -e MY_SECRET_KEY=something

You can pass multiple environment variables using commas.


Now that you have deployed your service, you can make it available to the world by creating a routing manifest. Read more about that in it's section.