Creating Apps from the CLI

Last Updated: 12 December 2013

cli create

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The app is the fundamental unit of organization on Heroku. Each app can be associated with its own set of provisioned add-ons.

Creating a named app

After creating an app, you will probably want to git push to deploy and add collaborators so that others can deploy changes as well.

To create a new app named “example”, install the Heroku Toolbelt and run the following command:

$ heroku apps:create example
Creating example... done, stack is cedar |

The command’s output shows that the app will be available at The second URL,, is the remote git repository URL; by default, the heroku create command automatically adds a git remote named “heroku” pointing at this URL.

Typically, this command will only be used on an initialised git repository. In that case, the command creates the application as well as a git remote, that you can use to push your code to Heroku:

$ mkdir example
$ cd example
$ git init
$ heroku apps:create example
Creating example... done, stack is cedar |
Git remote heroku added

Creating an app without a name

The app name argument (“example”) is optional. If no app name is specified, a random name will be generated.

$ heroku apps:create
Created |

Since Heroku app names are in a global namespace, you can expect that common names, like “blog” or “wiki”, will already be taken. It’s often easier to start with a default name and rename the app later.

Welcome page

Once your new app is created, before any code has been deployed, Heroku will display a generic welcome message to its visitors. This page is served with HTTP status code 502 to indicate that the app is not yet running.