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Deploying to Heroku

Once we have debugged the Flask app and we are happy with it, we are ready to deploy it to Heroku.

Repository Setup

To do this, you should set up your repo as follows:

Clone the repo:

$ git clone

The repo has the following structure:


Now, inside the repo, clone the repo again, but this time clone the heroku-pages branch to the site/ directory:

$ cd github-heroku-attack-rabbits/
$ git clone -b heroku-pages site

Heroku Deploy Process

To deploy content to Heroku, we add our Heroku project as a git remote (see the heroku page for how to do that) and then push to to the master branch of the heroku remote git repo. Changes are pulled in by Heroku and the app is restarted each time you run git push.

We walk through the steps below.

Heroku Login

From the site/ directory containing the contents of the heroku-pages branch, that is, containing the Python flask app, log in to Heroku:

$ heroku login

Add Heroku Remote to heroku-pages Branch

Now have Heroku add the proper git remote address:

$ heroku git:remote -a <heroku-app-name>

Now you're ready to deploy to Heroku.

Deploy to Heroku

Double check your app is ready, then deploy:

$ git push heroku heroku-pages:master

This will push the local branch heroku-pages to the remote branch master on the heroku remote. This should begin a pre-commit hook where Heroku compiles your Python app. You should get the green light, if you tested your app locally and everything was good to go.

Check Your Heroku App

Your Heroku app will be available at


You should see your Python flask app show up shortly.