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How to Deploy Static and Dynamic Dapps on Spheron

How to Deploy Static and Dynamic Dapps on Spheron

Learn how to seamlessly connect your Git provider, configure deployment settings, and effortlessly launch your dapps and compute instances on Spheron's decentralized...

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What is Spheron?

Spheron is a game-changing solution revolutionizing decentralized application (dApp) infrastructure. With its comprehensive set of tools and services rooted in Web3 Infra, Spheron empowers developers to meet the dynamic demands of the digital landscape. Going beyond traditional Web2 infrastructures, Spheron offers a wide range of services including web hosting, storage, and compute capabilities, serving as a vital component in the Web3 ecosystem. Its exceptional performance not only rivals Web2 counterparts but also showcases the potential of Web3 technology for the next generation of applications.

Learn more about Spheron through their documentation.

How to Deploy Static Apps on Spheron?

Deploying static apps on Spheron is a straightforward process. Follow these steps to deploy your static apps on Spheron:

  1. Connect your Git Provider:
    Connecting your Git provider allows Spheron to sync your repositories and trigger deployments whenever new updates are made. Spheron supports the following Git providers: Github, Gitlab, and Bitbucket.
  2. Set up your Project:
    Create a new project on Spheron and choose your desired app repository for deployment.
  3. Select deployment protocol:
    Select your desired protocol for hosting your static app. Spheron supports the following protocols: ArweaveFilecoin, and IPFS.
  4. Configure deployment settings:
    Spheron will automatically detect and configure most of these settings for you. You have to add environment variables in the dedicated section. If needed, modify the remaining parameters according to your requirements. That includes selecting the framework, branch, root directory, build and output settings, and the node engine.
  5. Trigger deployment:
    After configuring all the required settings, initiate the deployment process. Spheron will fetch your code, build the static files, and deploy them to your specified protocol.
  6. Access your app:
    Once the deployment is complete, you can access your app through the domain generated by Spheron. You also have the option to set up a custom domain for your app.
Checkout our Framework Guide for more info.

How to Deploy Dynamic-Apps/servers on Spheron?

Deploying compute instances on Spheron is simple and effortless, whether you’re using a Docker image from Docker Hub or deploying a marketplace app. Follow these steps to deploy your compute instance on Spheron:

  1. Set up your Cluster:
    Create a new cluster on Spheron by selecting Import from Docker Hub or Start from Marketplace App.
  2. For Docker Hub:
    • Enter the name for your cluster and docker image.
    • Then, Add the tag and Click Next.
    • Select the instance plan that suits your needs and Click Select Plan.
    • Create new Port Mapping. Add the container port, and Select the exposed port you want to map it to.
    • Add Environment Variables if any. Use the Secret Key toggle if the value is a secret key. When you enable the secret key toggle, it will not be saved in the database.
    • Select your preferred Region if any. If you do not add a region, the container will be deployed in any region.
    • You can add advanced configuration if required.
    • Click Deploy to initiate deployment.
  3. For Marketplace App:
    • Pick your desired template from the marketplace.
    • Spheron will automatically select the recommended plan for the specific template.
    • If you want to change the plan, Click Change Plan.
    • Select the instance plan that suits your needs, and Click Select Plan.
    • Select your preferred Region if any. If you do not add a region, the container will be deployed in any region.
    • You can add additional configuration as required.
    • Click Deploy to initiate deployment.
Checkout our Compute Documentation for more info.

How to Upload to IPFS using Spheron SDK?

1. Spheron Storage SDK (for Nodejs environments)

Installation

npm i @spheron/storage

Usage

import { SpheronClient, ProtocolEnum } from "@spheron/storage";

const client = new SpheronClient({ token });

let currentlyUploaded = 0;

const { uploadId, bucketId, protocolLink, dynamicLinks } = await client.upload(
  filePath,
  {
    protocol: ProtocolEnum.IPFS,
    name,
    onUploadInitiated: (uploadId) => {
      console.log(`Upload with id ${uploadId} started...`);
    },
    onChunkUploaded: (uploadedSize, totalSize) => {
      currentlyUploaded += uploadedSize;
      console.log(`Uploaded ${currentlyUploaded} of ${totalSize} Bytes.`);
    },
  }
);
Checkout our Storage SDK Documentation for more info.

2. Spheron Browser Upload SDK (for Browser environments)

Installation

npm i @spheron/browser-upload

Usage

Server

You have to set up a web server with an endpoint that will be used by the frontend to fetch the token for upload.

import { SpheronClient, ProtocolEnum } from "@spheron/storage";

...

app.get("/initiate-upload", async (req, res, next) => {
  try {
    const bucketName = "example-browser-upload"; // use your preferred name
    const protocol = ProtocolEnum.IPFS; // use your preferred protocol
    const token = process.env.SPHERON_TOKEN; // add your access token in .env or paste it here

    const client = new SpheronClient({ token });

    const { uploadToken } = await client.createSingleUploadToken({
      name: bucketName,
      protocol,
    });

    res.status(200).json({
      uploadToken,
    });
  } catch (error) {
    console.error(error);
    next(error);
  }
});

Client

You have to send a request to your server to create the uploadToken that will be used to upload files from the browser.

import { upload } from "@spheron/browser-upload";

...

const response = await fetch(`<BACKEND_URL>/initiate-upload`); // get the temporary access token from server
const resJson = await response.json();
const token =  resJson.uploadToken;

let currentlyUploaded = 0;

const { uploadId, bucketId, protocolLink, dynamicLinks } = await upload(files, {
  token,
  onChunkUploaded: (uploadedSize, totalSize) => {
    currentlyUploaded += uploadedSize;
    console.log(`Uploaded ${currentlyUploaded} of ${totalSize} Bytes.`);
  },
});

...
Checkout our Browser Upload SDK for more info.

How to Create and Deploy Apps using Spheron CLI?

Installation

For Mac and Linux

To install the Spheron CLI, run the following command in your terminal:

sudo npm install -g @spheron/cli

For Windows

To install the Spheron CLI, open your terminal as administrator mode and run the following command:

npm install -g @spheron/cli

Usage

Spheron init

The spheron init command allows you to initialize a new Spheron project. A spheron.json file is created in your current path that describes your project. It will be utilized by the spheron publish command.

Usage

spheron init

Upon running this command, a prompter will appear that will allow you to select protocol, add project name, add path, and select framework. Here is how it will look:

? Project name: (Code)
? Upload protocol: (Use arrow keys)
❯ Arweave
  Filecoin
  IPFS

Spheron publish

The spheron publish command allows you to upload your project using the configuration that is described in the spheron.json file of your project.

Usage

spheron publish

Make sure that you create a production build before running the `spheron publish` command.

Here is an example of how the result will look:

Spheron CLI 1.0.7

Publishing your dapp to IPFS 🚀
Uploading directory build
Upload started, ID of deployment: 643fce207c3c7a0012df33a7
⠙ Uploading to IPFS
✓ Success! Upload finished !
Here are upload details:
Upload ID: 643fce207c3c7a0012df33a7
Bucket ID: 643fce207c3c7a0012df33a5
Protocol Link: https://bafybeicrjwhn6nifl7tcuhkcitquvpumj426qa7r7ppcya5skmqly5n2la.ipfs.sphn.link
Dynamic Links: https://testapp-edab50.spheron.app
Checkout our CLI Documentation for more info.

How to View and Retrieve Content from IPFS using Spheron?

Dedicated Gateways

Dedicated Gateways are IPFS gateways specifically designed to enhance access to pinned content across the network by offering faster speeds and increased rate limits.

Using Dedicated Gateways offers several benefits:

  • Improved Speed
  • Increased Rate Limits
  • Whitelabeling Gateway
  • Serve Content from Any IPFS Node

Create a Dedicated Gateway

Follow these steps to create a Dedicated Gateway:

  1. Log in to Spheron and navigate to the Gateways section in the navbar.
  2. Click Generate to create a new gateway.
  3. Enter a name for your gateway and Click Create.

How to Use Your Gateway?

To access content through your Dedicated Gateway, simply follow these steps:

  1. Obtain the CID (Content Identifier) of the file you wish to view.
  2. Append the CID to your gateway URL in the following format:
https://{gateway-name}.spheron.link/ipfs/{cid}
Checkout our Gateway Documentation for more info.

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