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Ghost blog for Cloud Foundry

This repo is a fork of the lovely open source blogging engine Ghost to make it easy to run on any Cloud Foundry.

For example, we run Ghost at using this repository.

The modifications in this repository - versus the upstream - are:

  • bin/ that loads MySQL from the $VCAP_SERVICES provided by Cloud Foundry (see below for setup) - used for storing blog posts
  • bin/ that loads AWS S3 credentials from $VCAP_SERVICES - used for storing uploaded images from authors
  • bin/ that looks for email credentials from $VCAP_SERVICES - used for sending invitation emails, password resets etc.
  • custom themes for and, in addition to the default upstream Casper theme

This repository also includes the Concourse pipeline ci/pipeline.yml for automatically attempting to upgrade to any new version of Ghost ( We are running this pipeline at

Deploy to Cloud Foundry

First, target your Cloud Foundry and create a space for deploying the application and its dependent service instances:

cf login -a
cf create-space blog-production
cf target -s blog-production

Next, provision three service instances:

  • MySQL
  • Email
  • AWS S3

For Pivotal Web Services, as an example, you might choose ClearDB for MySQL, SendGrid for email, and a custom user-provided service instance for your AWS S3 account.

cf create-service cleardb spark ghost-mysql
cf create-service sendgrid free ghost-email
cf create-user-provided-service ghost-s3 -p '{"access_key_id":"AKIAI74XXXX","secret_access_key":"rXuScFqhvqXXXXX","bucket":"BUCKETNAME","region":"us-east-1"}'

As the services are already bound via manifest, there's no need to bind them via command anymore.

Next, deploy/push the Ghost application without starting it, and then restart:

cf push --no-start --random-route
cf restart ghost

In another terminal window you can observe the Ghost logs using:

cf logs ghost

The last line of the logs will include the URL:

2017-01-23T11:41:40.84+1000 [APP/PROC/WEB/0]OUT Ghost is running in production...
2017-01-23T11:41:40.84+1000 [APP/PROC/WEB/0]OUT Your blog is now available on

From Cloud Foundry's perspective, the Ghost blog is a Node.js web application. It will automatically select a secure version of Node.js and package manager, then download all the Node.js dependencies (see package.json). Using Cloud Foundry it is as lovely to run web applications as it is to write blog posts on Ghost.

The --random-route flag above is optional. You can bind any route to your Cloud Foundry application.

For example, we have Ghost running on Pivotal Web Services, and we bound to this application. The command we used to do this was:

cf map-route ghost --hostname www --path blog

Go to the /ghost end point to setup your blog, create your initial author/admin user, and invite other people to become authors on your blog.