Deploy an Application

An Application is deployed to Deis using git push or the deis client.

Supported Applications

Deis can deploy any application or service that can run inside a Docker container. In order to be scaled horizontally, applications must follow Heroku’s twelve-factor methodology and store state in external backing services.

For example, if your application persists state to the local filesystem – common with content management systems like Wordpress and Drupal – it cannot be scaled horizonally using deis scale.

Fortunately, most modern applications feature a stateless application tier that can scale horizontally inside Deis.

Login to the Controller

Before deploying an application, users must first authenticate against the Deis Controller.

$ deis login
username: deis
Logged in as deis


For Vagrant clusters: deis login

Select a Build Process

Deis supports three different ways of building applications:


Heroku buildpacks are useful if you want to follow Heroku’s best practices for building applications or if you are porting an application from Heroku.

Learn how to use deploy applications on Deis Using Buildpacks.


Dockerfiles are a powerful way to define a portable execution environment built on a base OS of your choosing.

Learn how to use deploy applications on Deis Using Dockerfiles.

Docker Image

Deploying a Docker image onto Deis allows you to take a Docker image from either a public or a private registry and copy it over bit-for-bit, ensuring that you are running the same image in development or in your CI pipeline as you are in production.

Learn how to use deploy applications on Deis Using Docker Images.