Every application you deploy on is built as a virtual cluster, containing a set of containers. The default branch of your Git repository is always deployed as the production cluster. Any other branch can be deployed as a development cluster.

By default, you can have up to three live development clusters at once, but you can buy more on a per-project basis.

There are three types of containers within your cluster:

  • one router
  • one or more application containers
  • zero or more service containers

All of those containers are managed by three special files in your Git repository:

  • .platform/routes.yaml
  • .platform/services.yaml

In most cases, that means your repository looks like this:

  <your application files>


There is always exactly one Router per cluster.

The router of a cluster is a single nginx process. It’s configured by the routes.yaml file. It maps incoming requests to the appropriate application container and provides basic caching of responses, if so configured. It has no persistent storage.


Service containers are configured by the services.yaml file.

There may be zero or more service containers in a cluster, depending on the services.yaml file. The code for a service is provided by in a pre-built container image, along with a default configuration. Depending on the service, it may also include user-provided configuration in the services.yaml file. Examples of services include MySQL/MariaDB, Elasticsearch, Redis, and RabbitMQ.


There always must be one application container in a cluster, but there may be more.

Each application container corresponds to a file in the repository. If there are 3 files, there are three application containers. Application containers hold the code you provide via your Git repository. Application containers are always built off of one of the language-specific images, such as PHP 7.4, Node.js 14, and Python 3.7. It ’s also possible to have multiple application containers running different languages or versions.

For typical applications, there is only one file, which is generally placed at the repository root.