Speed Up App Deployments

I’m using the new Apps features with a Ruby on Rails 6 application. Deployments are taking 10-20 minutes (sometimes 30 minutes) when they were taking about 1-2 minutes on Heroku (it’s a big application).

Right now during business hours I have an App that is deploying and the application has been down for about 20-45 minutes (as now there a ruby bug causing it to continuously deploy).

At this point I’m about to switch the application back to Heroku because we simply can’t run a business with a crashing server.

Has anyone else had this experience and if so is there any solution?


I’m noticing the exact same issues as others here.

Our compile time is longer than a normal build (yay, old JS dependencies!) but a massive chunk of time appears to be taken up by shifting the compiled app into Docker containers.

We’re having internal discussions around moving to Heroku (or similar) because we keep running into little issues with the App platform and can’t see a roadmap for improvements.

I just experienced a 40 min build and as far as I could tell most of that time was spent unpacking the rootfs and snapshotting the filesystem afterwards. My actual build only took a few min. Is is possible builds are being run on the same machine size that’s running the app? It would be nice if there was a way to specify the build machine type if so.

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@support - these deploys are BRUTAL. Please. Please.

I had the same issue. So many unnecessary build steps are taken place. Even a simple react app took 30 mins to build which takes like 2-3 min on my system. Also need something like AWS Fargate to build as sometimes we need higher resources during build time.

Really disappointed in the ability build of digitalocean app platform, it extremly slow.It pending 40 minutes at add label process…the problem from 2020 has not improved yet

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@brodyhoskins 👋

We definitely appreciate your feedback here and realize it’s not yet optimal. We’re aware of some scenarios where build performance can be slow, as you’re describing. We will be continuously shipping improvements for this as we go forward, but can’t guarantee a specific timeline for your case yet.

We do guarantee zero-downtime deployments though, so your app shouldn’t be going down during a new deployment. If that’s the case, please reach out to DO Support and we can take a closer look together. If the problem you’re hitting is that your app initially deployed successfully but is not responding to traffic due to an in-app issue, then I’d suggest creating a staging app that deploys from a staging branch while you make changes and validate your app is functioning before deploying to your production app (by merging to your default branch for example).

Thanks for using the App Platform and providing feedback to us along the way, we definitely appreciate it and will continue to improve build performance and the platform in general.