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Platform Overview

Applications & Services

On dotCloud, an application is a collection of one or more services working together. Each service is a component in your application, such as a front-end application server, a worker, or a database.

PHP + MySQL = MediaWiki

For example, you could run MediaWiki (the software that powers Wikipedia) by creating a dotCloud application with a PHP service and a MySQL service.

Simply define the services for your application by creating a dotCloud Build File, and dotCloud will intelligently assemble your application’s stack in the cloud and provide a comprehensive automation architecture around it.

dotCloud provides services for the most widely used web languages and databases. You have the flexibility to choose exactly the services you need for your application, all on one platform. You will be able to deploy to your stack with ease, benefit from cloud scalability, and manage it with complete visibility.

If a component of your preferred stack isn’t on our list of supported services, contact us. We’re always adding more.


All of the services belonging to the same application will live in a namespace, which is the name you choose for your application at the time of creation.

You will also assign a name to each service, which will be shown as namespace.service_name. For example, you may create a Python service named helloworld.www. In this case, you named the Python service “www” and it belongs in the “helloworld” namespace.

General Workflow

When using dotCloud to push a new application, your general workflow will follow this pattern:

  1. Work on your code
  2. Create a dotCloud Build File
  3. Push your code
  4. Initialize databases, if required

To push code to an existing application, your general workflow will be like this:

  1. Work on your code
  2. Push your code

In-Depth Example