ibm-bluemix Getting started with ibm-bluemix

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Bluemix is a platform as a service (PaaS) developed by IBM, to build, run, deploy, and manage applications on the cloud. Bluemix offers a large catalog of services to integrate with your applications. Supported programming languages and runtimes include Java, Node.js, Swift, Go, PHP, Python, and Ruby, with additional languages supported through the use of buildpacks.

IBM Bluemix is based on Cloud Foundry open technology. In addition to building web applications for multiple frameworks, including iOS, you can create Docker containers, or launch virtual server instances. Bluemix is based on a Hybrid Cloud model. Its apps, containers, and VMs are portable across public, dedicated, and on-premises clouds.

The Bluemix console provides application boilerplates to help you get started. Bluemix consoles in Dallas, London, or Sydney offer a growing catalog of over 100 services to build your applications.

Service categories

  • Compute - Multiple runtimes, Docker-based containers, access to virtual servers
  • Network - Secure VPN connections
  • Storage - Unstructured cloud data stores
  • Data & Analytics - Database options and big-data analytics
  • Watson - Cognitive application building
  • Integrate - API management, cloud integration, secure gateway
  • DevOps - Delivery pipeline, auto-scaling, track & plan, alert notifications
  • Security - Single sign-on, security monitoring
  • Application Services - Business rules, workflow, caching, application server, and more
  • Mobile - Services for mobile apps such as push notifications, testing, tuning, and analytics
  • Internet of Things - IoT foundation and real-time data insights

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Continuous deployment of RESTful API (Node.js) via GitHub using IBM Bluemix Toolchain

Step 1: Create your GitHub account

If you already have a GitHub account, please proceed to Step 2. Otherwise, please follow below:

1.a Go to Github page.

1.b Enter your desired username, your email address and then your desired password. Afterwards, click the Sign up for GitHub button.


Step 2: Create your IBM Bluemix account

Please refer to Bluemix Get Started on how to create account or follow the previous example on how to create your Bluemix account on this page.

Step 3: Deploy your Rest API package to GitHub

3.a If you do not know how to use Git, please read the Git Tutorial or you can use the SourceTree a GUI based Git implementation. Please read the SourceTree Tutorial to learn more about SourceTree.

3.b Upload your Rest API code to GitHub using the git push command. In contrast, you can fork or clone my Rest API on GitHub then apply your own changes as needed then upload the code to your GitHub account. Note: My sample Rest API contains a sample implementation of MongoDB and APICache.

Step 4: Deploy your GitHub repository to IBM Bluemix using Toolchain (Continuous Deployment tool)

4.a Log-on to your Bluemix account.

Bluemix Logon

4.b Click Menu to show other items.


Then select "Services".


And then, click "DevOps".


4.c Select Toolchains. Then, click Create a Toolchain button.


4.d Select Other Templates

Other Templates

4.e Enter desired Toolchain Name, please note this will show in your URL for API's.

Toolchain Name

4.f Wait for a few seconds for Bluemix to create your Toolchain. Afterwards, click Add a Tool.

Add a Tool

4.g Choose GitHub

Tool Github

4.h Now, we need to link our existing repository on GitHub to this Toolchain. Under Repository type, please choose Existing. Then, choose the correct repository URL for your Rest API source. After that, it is up to you if you want to track the changes of the repository via Toolchain. To do that please check the Track deployment of code changes check box.

GitHub Tool Config

4.i Now what we need is something to build and deploy our Rest API repository automatically. So we need to add another tool.

Add tool again

4.j Let's add the Delivery Pipeline

Choose Delivery Pipeline

Then, name it Build and Deploy.

Build and Deploy

After a few seconds, the newly added Delivery Pipeline will show up. Click it.

Click the Build and Deploy

4.k We need to add stages to our Delivery Pipeline. Click Add Stage.

Add stage

4.l Create the Build stage in which will automatically build our package. Follow the steps on the figure below:

Build Stage

We need to Add a JOB that will run the npm install command.

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Select the Build option.

Build Option

Then, select npm under the Builder Type. And then, under the Build Shell Command automatically configure that it will run the npm install command.

npm install

Make sure to click Save button to save the changes.

Save the Build

4.m After creating the build stage, now we need to create the Deploy stage. Go and add another stage by clicking the Add Stage.

Add Deploy Stage

Follow the steps defined in the figure below:

Deploy Config

Then, under JOBS tab, click Add Job.

Add Job

And then, select Deploy option.

Deploy Option

Under Deployer Type select Cloud Foundry (IBM Bluemix default Cloud Service).

Deployer Type

In this case, I selected dev space. For real project, you may want to select a better space that can handle your actual production usage. Afterwards, click the Save button.

dev space

4.n Now all stages are all configured. By default, all stages is in Stop status. We need to Run all our stages by clicking the Play like buttons.

Run Stages

4.o If you see similar figure below means you successfully configured and implemented our Continuous Deployment of our RESTful API's via IBM Bluemix using ToolChain.


Try clicking the link as define above figure to see if the API is running as expected.


Step 5: Test the Rest API using PostMan

Postman is a powerful API testing tool and can be install via Google Chrome as an extension. Make sure on your testing to follow the route convention you defined on your express code. To know more how to use the Postman tool, please see the Postman Blog.


I do not own any external link given in this example. Credit to those who own those links.

Getting IBM Bluemix Setup for deploying a node application

Step 1: Create a bluemix account

Create an account at

This will set you up with a 30 day trial. You don't have to pay anything for the free resources and you don't have to set up billing until the end of your trial (though not all services will be available).

Step 2: Install Bluemix and Cloud Foundry Command Line tools

This is optional, you can perform most actions via the web console from step 1. The CLI utilities can be downloaded from and you should install both the bluemix cli and the cloud foundry cli.

Step 2a: Connect to Bluemix

$ bluemix api

Step 2b: Login to Bluemix

$ bluemix login -u username -o org_name -s space_name

You need to specify your username, org_name, and space_name which you can get from the web console in Step 1.

After you log in successfully, you have now setup bluemix. You can learn more about the CLI and get additional plugins from

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