We are going to use Seed to automate our serverless deployments and manage our environments.

Start by signing up for a free account here.

Create new Seed account screenshot

Let’s Add your first app.

Add your first Seed app screenshot

Now to add your project, select GitHub as your git provider. You’ll be asked to give Seed permission to your GitHub account.

Select Git provider screenshot

Select the repo we’ve been using so far. Seed will then pull up the serverless.yml from your project root. Hit Add the service to confirm this.

Serverless.yml detected screenshot

Note that, if your serverless.yml is not in your project root, you will need to change the path.

Seed deploys to your AWS account on your behalf. You should create a separate IAM user with exact permissions that your project needs. You can read more about this here. But for now we’ll simply use the one we’ve used in this tutorial.

Run the following command.

$ cat ~/.aws/credentials

The output should look something like this.

aws_access_key_id = YOUR_IAM_ACCESS_KEY
aws_secret_access_key = YOUR_IAM_SECRET_KEY

Fill these in and click Add App.

Add AWS IAM credentials screenshot

Click on your newly created app.

Click on new Seed app screenshot

You’ll notice a few things here. First, we have a service called default. A Serverless app can have multiple services within it. A service (roughly speaking) is a reference to a serverless.yml file. In our case we have one service in the root of our repo. Second, we have two stages (environments) set up for our app.

Now before we proceed to deploying our app, we need to enable running unit tests as a part of our build process. You’ll recall that we had added a couple of tests back in the unit tests chapter. And we want to run those before we deploy our app.

To do this, hit the Settings button and click Enable Unit Tests.

Click Enable Unit Tests in Seed screenshot

You’ll notice that our dev stage is hooked up to master. This means that any commits to master will trigger a build in dev.

Click on dev.

Click dev stage in Seed project screenshot

You’ll see that we haven’t deployed to this stage yet.

Dev stage in Seed project screenshot

However, before we do that, we’ll need to add our secret environment variables.