Heroku Flow brings together Heroku Pipelines, Review Apps, Heroku CI and GitHub integrations into an easy-to-use structured workflow for continuous delivery.
App-centric continuous delivery, optimized for developers
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Heroku Flow brings together six key capabilities for continuous delivery
Heroku Pipelines Read docs
Pipelines is a way to organize a group of Heroku apps sharing the same codebase into review, development, staging, and production environments to support, manage and visualize continuous delivery. Promoting tested code from one stage to the next can be done manually or automatically and is nearly instantaneous, since the compiled artifact is promoted to the next stage. The Pipelines overview page in the Heroku Dashboard tracks the real-time progress of code and features from development to production.
Heroku CI Read docs
Heroku CI is a low-configuration test runner that integrates with Heroku Pipelines. Heroku CI runs your test scripts with zero queue time for faster results, using disposable apps that have strong parity with your staging and production environments. Access test results from Heroku or GitHub, automate deployments conditionally on CI results, and take advantage of a fully visual interface built to support CI’s role in team-based continuous delivery.
Review Apps Read docs
Review apps are a new way to propose, discuss and decide whether to merge changes to your code base. For Heroku apps connected to GitHub, Heroku can manually or automatically spin up a temporary test app on a unique URL for every opened pull request (PR). The temporary app is auto-updated on every commit, so instead of guessing about what the code might do, reviewers can actually try the changes in a browser. Merging the PR destroys the review app and, when used with pipelines, automatically promotes the code to staging.
GitHub Integration Read docs
Connect your GitHub repo to a Heroku app to either manually or automatically deploy a particular branch on every GitHub push. For every deploy you can see the diff between the current release and the previous commit in the app’s Activity tab in the Heroku Dashboard, so you’re never guessing what code is on the app. If you’ve configured your GitHub repo to use an external continuous integration (CI) server, you can configure Heroku to only auto-deploy a branch after CI passes for a particular commit.
Heroku ChatOps Read docs
Heroku ChatOps uses the power of Heroku Pipelines to bring a collaborative deployment workflow to Slack. It enables developers to deploy to staging or promote to production from Slack. With Heroku ChatOps teams can keep track of all code changes within their Slack room. Pull request notifications, merges and CI build results all show up in Slack so no context switching is needed to see build results or check if promoting to production was successful.
Release Phase Read docs
Release Phase lets you run tasks before a release is deployed to production, eliminating maintenance windows, and reducing deployment risk. Migrate a database, upload assets to a CDN, invalidate a cache or run any other task your app needs to be ready for production. If a Release Phase task fails, the new release is not deployed, leaving the current production release unaffected.
“I’m quite enjoying the new Review Apps. You've taken something I like and made it even more enjoyable to use and more visually pleasing.”
“Heroku Pipelines have increased our small team's productivity. With review apps created after each PR, every developer can have their own testing environment and work on the same app simultaneously with much less friction.”
"Heroku allows us to automatically deploy from GitHub with a great create-react-app buildpack."
“Heroku Release Phase has replaced the need to manually run database migrations, as well as update our Elasticsearch schema during deployment. It helps to automate our deploys and makes it easier to get code out the door.”Read customer story →