8480. Continuously Deploy React and Socket.IO App to Heroku with Travis-CI
Heroku and Travis CI

Deploy the course player app built with React and Socket.IO to Heroku with Travis-CI.

1. React & Socket.IO Project

1.1 Source Files

Download the source files for this course player app. Create your own repository on GitHub and submit this project.

git clone https://github.com/jojozhuang/course-player-react.git

1.2 Commands

In ‘package.json’, notice there is a command named ‘start’, which is used to launch the express server. Also, notice the ‘test’ command. It is empty as we don’t need any testing for this app. Do not specify ‘exit 1’ in the end of this command. Otherwise, the deployment will fail.

  "scripts": {
    "start": "NODE_ENV=development npm run open:src",
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\"",

1.3 Travis Config File

In the root folder of the project, create a file named ‘.travis.yml’. Notice the app name is ‘course-player-react’. Submit this file to GitHub.

language: node_js
  - "8"
sudo: false

  - master

    - node_modules

  - npm install

  provider: heroku
  skip_cleanup: true
  keep-history: true
    secure: $HEROKU_API_KEY
  app: course-player-react

2. Heroku

Login to Heroku https://www.heroku.com/, go to Dashboard -> New -> Create new app. Set app name ‘course-player-react’, click ‘Create app’ button. image In addition, go to ‘Account settings’, copy the ‘API Key’. We will use it to setup continuous integration on Travis. image

3. Travis

3.1 Importing New Repository from GitHub

Login to https://travis-ci.com/, then go to ‘Profile’, click ‘Manage repositories on GitHub’ and add ‘course-player-react’. image Click the ‘Settings’ of the new repository. Keep the default settings for ‘General’ and ‘Auto Cancellation’. image In the ‘Environment Variables’ section, paste your Heroku API Key in the field ‘Value’ and name it ‘HEROKU_API_KEY’, click ‘Add’ button. image

3.2 Continuous Deployment

Make any change to this app and submit it to Github. Once Travis notice the new submission, it starts to build the app according to the instructions configured in ‘.travis.yml’ file. image If the build is finished successfully, your site is deployed to Heroku. image

4. Testing

Go to Heroku, you should see the new app ‘course-player-react’ in the dashboard. image Click on it, and switch to ‘Setting’ tab. You should find the link for this app, click on it. image Now we see the course player. image Click the ‘Play’ button and drag the progress bar, player is working properly. image

5. References