How to Deploy Cloud9 IDE

Cloud9 is an outstanding IDE with a support of more than 40 programming languages, devoted to the applications' development in the cloud. It provides programmer with an online code-editor and a complete Ubuntu workspace, facilitating the development process with a number of available features, such as sharing your workspace with a colleague, joint development, ability to track and review all the changes in your code, pushing to the GIT repository, in-built image editor, etc.

Cloud9 use Node.js on a back-end, so, let’s examine how to run it with PaaS Node.js hosting!

Create a New Environment

To start with, let’s create a new environment Cloud9 will be deployed to.

1. Log in to your PaaS account and click the Create Environment button at the dashboard’s top panel in order to access the environment topology wizard.

2. In the opened frame select the tab with Node.js engine. Application server will be already chosen. Therefore, just enable Public IP address for it and define the resource limits via cloudlet sliders in the central pane.
Then enter a name for your environment (e.g. cloud9) and press Create button. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151create environment

3. In a minute or so a newly created environment will be added to the list of your environments at the dashboard. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151cloud9 environment

Cloud9 Deployment

Let’s proceed to the deployment itself.

1. Cloud9 is an open-source project, therefore its source code is available at GitHub. Navigate to the repository and copy the HTTPS URL at the right. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151git repository

2. Switch back to the platform dashboard and press Add project button next to the Node.js application server. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151add project

3. In the opened frame paste the link you’ve copied earlier to the URL field.

Don't change the *master* value in the **Branch** field.

Press Add button.

cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151git project url

4. Wait until the project is built and deployed. After that ROOT context for your Node.js server will appear. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151app deployed

Configure and Run Cloud9

Finally, let’s configure our IDE and run it.

1. Press Config button next to the Node.js server in order to access its Configuration Manager. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151nodejs config

2. In the opened tab navigate to the webroot > ROOT > configs folder and click on the default.js file. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151default js file

3. Find the var host = argv.l || process.env.IP || “localhost”; line and substitute the localhost value with the external IP you’ve attached to your Node.js server.

The External IP address of a node (if attached) can be seen at the dashboard: cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151external ip

cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151localhost line

4. Save the changes and Restart your application server. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151restart nodejs

5. Finally, click Open in browser next to the environment. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151open in browser

Great! Now you have your own web-integrated IDE running with the platform. cloud9 b14bbc4e0c187e37c7de0d9889676151cloud9 opened

Enjoy the power of cloud computing!