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Custom apps

A tutorial for deploying a custom app to Nextmv Cloud.

With custom apps, you can customize all parts of the model and therefore completely adapt the service to your unique business needs. You can begin working with custom apps in either of the following two ways:

  • Write your model using one of our language templates which are available for Python, Java and Go.
  • Start with one of our many community apps available (e.g. vehicle routing, scheduling).

App rules and conventions

To create and run your own model on the Nextmv plaform you have to adhere to some rules and conventions.

Custom apps are supported for these languages:

  • Go
  • Python
  • Java

The code of the app can come from a Nextmv template, or it can be your own custom code. If custom, you will need to ensure the following conditions are met:

  1. Must read from either Stdin or a file.
  2. Must write results either to Stdout or a file.
  3. Must conform to the Nextmv statistics convention in order to leverage experiments and tests.
  4. Must contain an app.yaml manifest in the root of your custom app project. Here are some example app.yaml files for different languages. Please read the section on execution environment for more details.
# This manifest holds the information the app needs to run on the Nextmv Cloud.
type: go
runtime: ghcr.io/nextmv-io/runtime/default:latest
pre-push: GOOS=linux GOARCH=arm64 go build -o main
files:
  - main
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For a custom app you need to:

  1. Create the app
  2. Deploy (push code to the app)

Write your custom model

You can choose to write your app completely on your own, it only needs to comply with the rules and conventions mentioned before. If you want to start with a domain specific app, please read more about our community apps. Or create you model based on one of our language specific templates for Python, Java or Go.

Create the app

To create a custom app, define the desired app ID and name. After, you can use one of the following interfaces:

  • Console. Go to Console, Apps section. Add a new app from All or Custom tabs. Fill in the fields.

    New app

  • Nextmv CLI. Anywhere on your machine, run the following command:

nextmv app create \
    --app-id $APP_ID \
    --name $APP_ID \
    --description "An optional description"
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Deploy

Deploying an app means pushing code to it. You must use the Nextmv CLI. Standing in the root of your project run the following command:

nextmv app push --app-id $APP_ID
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This command is used again whenever new code is deployed to the app.

If the app.yaml manifest specifies a pre-push command, it will be executed with bash before the app is pushed to the Nextmv Cloud. This command can be used to compile a binary or run tests.

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ The app is ready to be used.

Delete a custom app

Delete a custom app using the following interfaces:

  • Nextmv CLI. Anywhere on your machine, run the following command:
nextmv app delete \
    --app-id $APP_ID \
    --confirm
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  • Cloud API. Make sure your NEXTMV_API_KEY is exported as an environment variable. The API uses Bearer Authentication.

    DELETEhttps://api.cloud.nextmv.io/v1/applications/{application_id}

    Delete application.

    Delete application, specified by application ID.

curl -sS -L -X DELETE \
    "https://api.cloud.nextmv.io/v1/applications/$APP_ID" \
    -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
    -H "Authorization: Bearer $NEXTMV_API_KEY"
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