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Quickstart: Deployment

Learn how to deploy your app (it’s one click)

Anvil does not have a deployment step. Apps are deployed at a private URL by default. You can configure what is deployed and the URL is it deployed to.

Anvil apps can be deployed in the cloud or in your own network.

Follow this quickstart to create an app that is published online at a URL of your choice.

Create an app

Log in to Anvil and click ‘New Blank App’. Choose the Material Design theme.

Location of the Create App button

It is already deployed

As soon as it is created, your app is already deployed at a random URL. This URL is private (it has sufficient entropy that nobody could ever guess it).

To find out this URL, click on ‘Publish app’ in the Gear Menu Icon that looks like a cogwheel:

Location of Publish App dialog in Gear Menu

You’ll see this dialog:

Publish App dialog showing private URL

Choose your own URL

To get a more meaningful URL, click ‘share via public link’. This allows you to set your app’s domain name to whatever you want.

You can choose any available subdomain of anvil.app such as health-tracker.anvil.app, or use your own domain such as health-tracker.com.

Publish App dialog showing public URL

(Apps created on the Free plan get a randomly-generated three-word subdomain of anvil.app such as fabulous-elegant-garden.anvil.app - as soon as you upgrade you can change the domain names of all your existing apps.)

See your app online

In your app, go to the code for Form1. It looks like this:

Code View for Form1

Write this line in the __init__ method:

    alert('This is the app I just built')

Change the message to something that proves it’s your app.

Open the Publish App dialog again to copy the URL of your app, then visit that URL in a web browser. You’ll see your app with your message in an alert box.

The quickstart app showing in a web browser

Copy the example app

Click on the button below to clone a finished version of this app into your account.

Deploying the entire Anvil system on-site or in the cloud

You can also get an on-site deployment of the Anvil platform itself, including the editor and hosting system. That means you can have Anvil on your private network, airgapped from the internet if you want.

Anvil can also be deployed in private cloud environments.

The standard installation is just three Docker containers, but Anvil can also be installed natively if Docker is not available.

Email contact@anvil.works to request more details.

Next up

Want more depth on this subject?

Read more about deploying your app and how to get a custom deployment of the Anvil development and hosting system.

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