by upworthy

GitHub Readme.md

Build Status


By default, there's an expectation that the app's build.boot file defines build task that takes care of all sorts of build-time concerns (e.g. pulling dependencies from repos eagerly). If a more complicated logic is desired at build-time, it can be overriden by specifying BOOTBUILD_CMD var that contains, say, a more complex boot pipeline. For instance:

BOOTBUILD_CMD="boot foo -x -- bar --blah -q -- qaz"

boot executable version is pinned and will be updated from to time to the most recent one. It can be controlled by setting BOOT_SH_VERSION to latest or to a desired version. For example:


boot-clj framework version used by this buildpack is pinned and will be updated from to time to the most recent one. It can be set to a desired version by setting BOOT_VERSION. For example:


To expose more config vars at build-time, set a BOOTBUILD_CONFIG_WHITELIST config var containing a space-delimited list of config var names. Note that this can result in unpredictable behaviour since changing your app's config does not result in a rebuild of your app. So it's easy to get into a situation where your build is broken, but you don't notice it until later when you push. For this reason it's recommended to take care with this feature and always push after changing a whitelisted config value.

JDK Version

By default you will get OpenJDK 1.8. To use a different version, you can commit a system.properties file to your app.

$ echo "java.runtime.version=1.7" > system.properties
$ git add system.properties
$ git commit -m "JDK 7"


You can either test this buildpack locally with Docker, or run the tests on Heroku. To use Heroku, create a new app with the testrunner buildpack, push the buildpack code, and then run the tests:

$ heroku create --buildpack https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-testrunner
$ git push heroku master
$ heroku run tests

To test with Docker, first build the testrunner image and then run the test.sh script.

NOTE: The tests-with-caching target fails when downloading the boot.sh binary.


You may get into a situation where some wrong version of the boot executable or the framework is cached in the app's build cache. You can purge this cache like so:

$ heroku plugins:install heroku-repo # <- one time installation step
$ heroku repo:purge_cache -a appname

After a purge, you will need to push another build of your app to have it fully rebuilt with the build cache in clean state. Alternatively, you can reset Heroku's app source code repository by doing heroku repo:reset -a appname.


Thanks to the authors of various official Heroku buildpacks for providing excellent documentation and clearly written source code. In particular, config var whitelisting has been inspired by Clojure buildpack.