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Magento Cloud deployment


  • An existing Magento Cloud project
  • Composer
  • Yarn or NPM
  • A Magento PWA Studio storefront managed by NPM or Yarn. You are not required to publish to npmjs.com, but NPM or Yarn should be able to access your project code through Git.

For this tutorial, the @magento/venia-concept package for the Venia storefront is used, but any PWA available though NPM with an UPWARD compatible YAML file is supported.

Add node package dependency

If it does not exist, create a package.json file in your project directory.

npm init -y

Add your PWA Studio storefront to the list of dependencies in this file.

    "dependencies": {
        "@magento/venia-concept": "~2.0.0"

Add Composer dependencies

Add the repository information for the UPWARD PHP server to the repositories section in your composer.json.

"upward-connector": {
    "type": "vcs",
        "url": "https://github.com/magento-research/magento2-upward-connector"


To have composer install this package, add it to the require section of the composer.json file.

"magento/module-upward-connector": "^1.0.0"

Add Venia sample data (optional)

The Venia storefront works best with the Venia sample data installed. There is an automated script in the @magento/venia-concept package, or you can follow the manual steps here.

If you are deploying your own custom storefront, you may skip this step and continue to the next section.

Add sample data repository information

Add the Venia sample data repository information to the repositories section of the composer.json file.

"catalog-venia": {
    "type": "vcs",
        "url": "https://github.com/PMET-public/module-catalog-sample-data-venia"

  "configurable-venia": {
      "type": "vcs",
          "url": "https://github.com/PMET-public/module-configurable-sample-data-venia"

  "customer-venia": {
      "type": "vcs",
          "url": "https://github.com/PMET-public/module-customer-sample-data-venia"

  "sales-venia": {
      "type": "vcs",
          "url": "https://github.com/PMET-public/module-sales-sample-data-venia"

  "tax-venia": {
      "type": "vcs",
          "url": "https://github.com/PMET-public/module-tax-sample-data-venia"

  "media-venia": {
      "type": "vcs",
          "url": "https://github.com/PMET-public/sample-data-media-venia"


Require the sample data modules

Add the sample data modules to the require section of the composer.json file to install them into Magento.

"magento/module-catalog-sample-data-venia": "dev-master",
"magento/module-configurable-sample-data-venia": "dev-master",
"magento/module-customer-sample-data-venia": "dev-master",
"magento/module-sales-sample-data-venia": "dev-master",
"magento/module-tax-sample-data-venia": "dev-master",
"magento/sample-data-media-venia": "dev-master",

Modify .gitignore file

Add the following frontend dependency entries to the .gitignore file to track them in your repository.


Install dependencies

Frontend dependencies

Install the frontend dependencies specified in the package.json file.

yarn install

A successful installation creates a yarn.lock file in your project directory.

Composer dependencies

Install the new Composer dependencies added to the composer.json file.

composer update

Specify Cloud server environment

Install Yarn

If your project uses Yarn, which is the case for venia-concept, add the following entry to the .magento.app.yaml file.

    yarn: '*'

Update build hooks

The venia-concept storefront uses a newer version of Node than the default environment provides. It also uses Yarn to install its dependencies.

The following update to the hooks.build section of .magento.app.yaml installs NVM, installs the latest LTS release of Node, and uses Yarn to install the project dependencies.

    # We run build hooks before your application has been packaged.
    build: |
        set -e

        unset NPM_CONFIG_PREFIX
        curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.34.0/install.sh | dash
        export NVM_DIR="$HOME/.nvm"
        [ -s "$NVM_DIR/nvm.sh"  ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/nvm.sh"
        nvm install --lts=dubnium

        yarn install

        php ./vendor/bin/ece-tools build:generate
        php ./vendor/bin/ece-tools build:transfer

Add required environment variables

Use the Magento Cloud GUI or modify the variables.env entry in .magento.app.yaml to add any required environment variables.

The following table lists the required environment variables for the Venia storefront:

Name Value
CONFIG__DEFAULT__WEB__UPWARD__PATH /app/node_modules/@magento/venia-concept/upward.yml (absolute path to UPWARD YAML configuration)
NODE_ENV production
MAGENTO_BACKEND_URL https://[your-cloud-url-here]
USE_FASTLY 0 / 1 (dependent on Cloud environment)
BRAINTREE_TOKEN <generated token from Braintree>

Commit modified files

Commit all changes to the following files:

  • .gitignore
  • .magento.app.yaml
  • composer.json
  • composer.lock
  • package.json
  • yark.lock

If any of these files fails to add, check your .gitignore file.

Push changes

Push your local changes for your deployment and wait for it to complete.


You have installed a PWA storefront on the Cloud!

You should be able to navigate to your Cloud instance and see your storefront.