App platform - Repos with app(s) in subfolders?

Just trying to deploy an app to the new DO App platform.

My git repo has backend and frontend folders in it.

So - a two part question:

  1. How do I tell digital ocean to that the app lives in the backend folder?
  2. Is it possible to hook up two instances to a single repo? I realize I can make a custom dockerfile and serve up both, but I rather not do that. I’m okay with the 2x payment.

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Steven Normore
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October 23, 2020
Accepted Answer

@wesbos 👋

This is possible, but you’ll need to use doctl and submit a custom app spec YAML — we don’t yet support it in the UI.

Check out our sample-monorepo as an example of this.

The spec in your case might look something like this:

name: sample-monorepo

- name: frontend
    repo: digitalocean/sample-monorepo
    branch: main
    deploy_on_push: true
  source_dir: frontend
  - path: /

- name: backend
    repo: digitalocean/sample-monorepo
    branch: main
    deploy_on_push: true
  source_dir: backend
  - path: /api

The source_dir field, specifically, is the mechanism by which this is achieved.

You can then submit it using doctl with:

doctl apps create --spec .do/app.yaml

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