Deploy Cube.js Backend

There are multiple ways you can deploy a Cube.js Backend service; you can learn more about them here in the docs. In this tutorial, we'll deploy it on Heroku.

The tutorial assumes that you have a free Heroku account. You'd also need a Heroku CLI; you can learn how to install it here.

First, let's create a new Heroku app. Run the following command inside your Cube.js project folder.

$ heroku create react-dashboard-demo

Next, we need to add the Redis addon to our Heroku app. Cube.js uses Redis in production as a cache storage. You can learn more about Cube.js caching here. Run the following command to add Redis to our Heroku app.

$ heroku addons:create heroku-redis:hobby-dev -a react-dashboard-demo

We also need to provide credentials to access the database. I assume you have your database already deployed and externally accessible.

$ heroku config:set \
  CUBEJS_DB_TYPE=postgres \

Add a start command to your package.json.

   "scripts": {
-    "dev": "./node_modules/.bin/cubejs-dev-server"
+    "dev": "./node_modules/.bin/cubejs-dev-server",
+    "start": "node index.js"

Commit your changes and push to Heroku 🚀

$ git add -A
$ git commit -am "Initial"
$ git push heroku master

Deploy React Dashboard

Since our frontend application is just a static app, it easy to build and deploy. Same as for the backend, there are multiple ways you can deploy it. You can serve it with your favorite HTTP server or just select one of the popular cloud providers. We'll use Netlify in this tutorial.

First, we need to set Cube.js API URL for production. It is Cube.js Backend URL on Heroku; it has the form of

Update the src/App.js file with the following.

-const API_URL = "http://localhost:4000";
+if (process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production) {
+} else {
+  const API_URL = "http://localhost:4000";

Next, install Netlify CLI.

$ npm install netlify-cli -g

Then, we need to run a build command inside our dashboard-app. This command creates an optimized build for production and puts it into a build folder.

$ npm run build

Finally, we are ready to deploy our dashboard to Netlify; just run the following command to do so.

$ netlify deploy

Follow the command line prompts and choose yes for a new project and build as your deploy folder.

That’s it! You can copy a link from your command line and check your dashboard live!

Congratulations on completing this guide! 🎉

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