Setup Ufo

The easiest way to create this ufo folder is by using the ufo init command. For this tutorial we’ll tongueroo/hi which is a small test sinatra app. Let’s run the command in our newly clone project.

git clone
cd hi
ufo init --app=hi --image=tongueroo/hi

You should see output similiar to this:

$ ufo init --app=hi --image=tongueroo/hi
Setting up ufo project...
      create  .env
      create  .ufo/settings.yml
      create  .ufo/task_definitions.rb
      create  .ufo/templates/main.json.erb
      create  .ufo/variables/base.rb
      create  .ufo/variables/development.rb
      create  .ufo/variables/production.rb
      create  Dockerfile
      create  bin/deploy
      append  .gitignore
Starter ufo files created.
$ ufo ship hi-web
Building docker image with:
  docker build -t tongueroo/hi:ufo-2017-09-10T15-00-19-c781aaf -f Dockerfile .
Software shipped!

The ufo init command generated a few starter ufo files for you. The standard directory structure of the ufo folder looks like this:

├── output
├── settings.yml
├── task_definitions.rb
├── templates
|   └── main.json.erb
└── variables
    ├── base.rb
    ├── production.rb
    └── development.rb

The explanation of the folders and files were covered in detailed earlier at Structure.


Take a look at the settings.yml file and notice that it contains some default configuration settings so you do not have to type out these options repeatedly for some of the ufo commands.

# More info:
  image: tongueroo/hi
  # clean_keep: 30 # cleans up docker images on your docker server.
  # ecr_keep: 30 # cleans up images on ECR and keeps this remaining amount. Defaults to keep all.
  # defaults when an new ECS service is created by ufo ship
  # cluster: dev # uncomment if you want the cluster name be other than the default
                 # the default is to match UFO_ENV.  So UFO_ENV=development means the ECS
                 # cluster will be name development
  # When you have AWS_PROFILE set to one of these values, ufo will switch to the desired
  # environment. This prevents you from switching AWS_PROFILE, forgetting to
  # also switch UFO_ENV, and accidentally deploying to production vs development.
  # aws_profiles:
  #   - dev_profile1
  #   - dev_profile2

  # cluster: prod
  # aws_profiles:
  #   - prod_profile

The image value is the name that ufo will use as a base portion of the name to generate a Docker image name, it should not include the tag portion.

The other settings are optional. You can learn more about them at Settings.

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