Heroku Runtime

Heroku runs your apps inside dynos — smart containers on a reliable, fully managed runtime environment. Developers deploy their code written in Node, Ruby, Java, PHP, Python, Go, Scala, or Clojure to a build system which produces an app that's ready for execution. The system and language stacks are monitored, patched, and upgraded, so it's always ready and up-to-date. The runtime keeps apps running without any manual intervention.

Heroku Developer Experience (DX)

The Heroku Developer Experience is an app-centric approach to software delivery so developers can focus on creating, releasing, and updating applications, without being distracted by servers or infrastructure. Developers deploy directly from popular tools like Git, GitHub or Continuous Integration (CI) systems. The intuitive web-based Heroku Dashboard makes it easy to manage your app and gain greater visibility into performance.

Data Services and Ecosystem

Heroku Elements let developers extend their apps with Add-ons, customize their application stack with Buildpacks and jumpstart their projects with Buttons. Add-ons are 3rd party cloud services that developers can use to immediately extend their apps with a range of functionality such as data stores, logging, monitoring and more. Heroku provides two fully-managed data service Add-ons: Heroku Postgres and Heroku Redis.


At Heroku, we believe that developers are the most important part of transforming every company into an apps company. That’s why a great developer experience has always been at the very heart of what we do. Heroku understands what adds value to developers and what gets in the way. We move all the mundane tasks out of the way and add features and functionality that delight and inspire developers to do their best work.


The Heroku Platform is designed so you can focus on what matters the most: the app. Getting apps out in the wild, in front of real users, and then iterating fast, is what can make or break companies. Heroku lets companies of all sizes embrace the value of apps, not the hassle of hardware, nor the distraction of servers — virtual or otherwise.


The Heroku Platform is great for the early part of the app lifecycle, but it really shines when you go into production. Heroku seamlessly supports every step of the app lifecycle — build, run, manage and scale. Heroku Postgres provides trusted database options at terabyte scale. Dyno choices to suit your needs, including performance dynos for your highest traffic apps — all scalable in an instant. Heroku keeps the kernel up-to-date with the latest security patches. All backed by the trust and reliability of Salesforce.

  • We felt comfortable with Heroku due to its industry reputation as a market leader – for us it was the obvious choice.

    Victor Dronov GoToMeeting Free Product Manager, Citrix
  • Our migration to the Heroku platform has enabled us to more rapidly meet the changing needs of prospective patients and launch content updates at a quicker pace.

    Kamal Bhandal Director of Consumer Marketing for North America, Align Technology
  • We love Heroku because we don’t have to worry about bringing up servers, dealing with our own images, or firewalls. We just want to focus on our product.

    Mike Coutermarsh Software Engineer, Product Hunt

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