Getting a Rails app set up for Heroku

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I find myself daisy chaining a few blog posts together to get up and running with Rails. Here are the steps that I took most recently to deploy to Heroku.

Initial setup

Create your app.

rails new [appName] -d postgresql
git init
git add .
git commit -m "initial commit"

Make help Pow and RVM play nice together.

rvm env -- `rvm current` > .powenvmk

Create your databases locally.

CREATE DATABASE [appName_environment]

Add the Sass version of Bootstrap and follow the instructions at

gem 'bootstrap-sass', '~>'

Create your first resource

Generate the scaffold and set up your database.

rails g scaffold [resourceName] title:string body:text
rake db:create
rake db:migrate

Set up your default route (/config/routes.rb).

root to: 'newsletters#index'

Remove “/public/index.html”.

Make Heroku happy.

Change this in “/config/application.rb”


Change this in “/config/environments/production.rb”.

config.assets.compile = true

Create the heroku project.

heroku apps:create [app-name]
git add .
git commit -m "Ready for heroku"
git push heroku master

Piece of cake!

That should yield a good jumping off place for most apps. Don’t forget to duplicate the Heroku create steps for a staging environment. You’ll thank me later.