Before we dive in, let’s make sure you are ready.

What do you need?

  • You need to be able to install software on your computer. This is so you can install the CLI, or Command Line Interface, a program used to interact with Cloud Foundry.

  • You should be comfortable using a terminal and working with simple command line tools. Codecademy has a great tutorial on the command line if you feel like you need some practice before continuing with this tutorial:

  • You will sign up for a Cloud Foundry account on a hosted provider. The providers all offer free trials.


Code Blocks: We will use code blocks to denote commands run in the CLI as well as examples of output from the commands. Code block lines that start with a dollar sign ($) are commands you should run. The following example expects you to run the pwd command.

  $ pwd

We also use code blocks to show representative output from running commands. These lines will not start with a dollar sign. For example, if you run pwd above, you can expect to see output similar to:


Variables: In the instructions, we place variables inside of less than < and greater than > keys. You should supply your specific values in place of these blocks. For example, if you see <USERNAME> in a code block, you should replace it with your username.

Ready to go? Let’s pick a provider.