Can I deploy to the App Platform without a Dockerfile?

I have no dockerfile in my repo, and when I deploy to the AP I get the error: ! Invalid dockerfile_path, no such file exists in the git repository. I don’t want to deploy a Docker container, is that possible at all? How would I go about it?

I’m trying to deploy a FastAPI project, ideally with a Procfile or some other Python command

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Greg M
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May 23, 2022


App Platform supports deploying an app without a Dockerfile.

See here for the python dev guide and App Spec reference:

Did you specify a dockerfile_path in you App Spec? Or did you deploy via the UI?