Google Cloud

Deployment Documentation

Deploying a meteor application to the Google Cloud

Sign up for google cloud. Follow meteor-google-cloud documentation to deploy

I followed the meteor-google-cloud docs but they did not work for a windows machine. I looked at other guides and found one from 2017 here. At first I was weary of using an older guide but I read through it anyway. I noticed that it used a lot of similar code so I tried to follow the directions of the older (2017) guide while using the resourced of the new (2019) open source project meteor-google-cloud. With a few modifications to some files everything worked!

Download the meteor-template-react. Verify everything is running Run npm install meteor-google-cloud -g to install meteor-google-cloud

Following the SDK install instructions, first create a new project in the google dashboard

Download the SDK following this link. After installing, follow the instructions on screen. They will have you log into google and select your project.

Setting up your app for deployment.

Insert these files into your app directory.

Edit the following:


You can obtain a MONGO_URL with MongoDB Atlas following these directions, or use a google provided database.

You can also chose which zone you want your app deployed in by editing


Thats pretty much it.


To deploy, run these in PowerShell:

meteor build ../ --directory --architecture os.linux.x86_64 --server-only
cp app.yaml ../bundle/
cp Dockerfile ../bundle/
cd ../bundle
gcloud app deploy --verbosity=info -q


PS G:\GitFolder\meteor-application-template-react-3\bundle> gcloud app deploy --verbosity=info -q
INFO: Refreshing access_token
INFO: Reading [< object at 0x000001B85EA21688>]
Services to deploy:
descriptor: [G:\GitFolder\meteor-application-template-react-3\bundle\app.yaml]
source: [G:\GitFolder\meteor-application-template-react-3\bundle]
target project: [meteor-template-deploy]
target service: [my-service-name]
target version: [20200726t232102]
target url: []
Beginning deployment of service [my-service-name]...
INFO: Using Dockerfile found in G:\GitFolder\meteor-application-template-react-3\bundle
Building and pushing image for service [my-service-name]
INFO: Uploading [C:\Users\Arsla\AppData\Local\Temp\tmptzghr51w\src.tgz] to []
Started cloud build [43321cc5-423c-4784-8f4e-c720736aca14].
To see logs in the Cloud Console:
----------------------------------------------------------- REMOTE BUILD OUTPUT ------------------------------------------------------------
starting build "43321cc5-423c-4784-8f4e-c720736aca14"
Fetching storage object: gs://
Copying gs://
- [1 files][ 26.9 MiB/ 26.9 MiB]
Operation completed over 1 objects/26.9 MiB.
Already have image (with digest):
***** NOTICE *****
Alternative official `docker` images, including multiple versions across
multiple platforms, are maintained by the Docker Team. For details, please
***** END OF NOTICE *****
Sending build context to Docker daemon 147.1MB
Step 1/8 : FROM
latest: Pulling from google_appengine/nodejs
Digest: sha256:361fff782ea98545dee3909398bb1646f7972110af96436e93f0c66550cae911
Status: Downloaded newer image for
---> 34da1d97a5b6
Step 2/8 : RUN install_node v12.18.1
---> Running in 26273cbfddb7
Removing intermediate container 26273cbfddb7
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Step 3/8 : RUN npm install npm@latest -g
---> Running in d86fa657fca8
/nodejs/bin/npm -> /nodejs/lib/node_modules/npm/bin/npm-cli.js
/nodejs/bin/npx -> /nodejs/lib/node_modules/npm/bin/npx-cli.js
+ npm@6.14.7
added 16 packages from 2 contributors, removed 17 packages and updated 19 packages in 18.843s
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Step 4/8 : RUN node -v
---> Running in 3653ecceb35d
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Step 5/8 : RUN npm -v
---> Running in d223188737b5
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Step 6/8 : COPY . /app/
---> 2975ae15daa0
Step 7/8 : RUN (cd programs/server && npm install --unsafe-perm)
---> Running in bb24f6438aa2
←[91mnpm←[0m←[91m ←[0m←[91mWARN←[0m←[91m ←[0m←[91mdeprecated←[0m←[91m request@2.88.2: request has been deprecated, see
> fibers@4.0.3 install /app/programs/server/node_modules/fibers
> node build.js || nodejs build.js
`linux-x64-72-glibc` exists; testing
Binary is fine; exiting
> meteor-dev-bundle@ install /app/programs/server
> node npm-rebuild.js
> core-js@3.2.1 postinstall /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/meteor/ecmascript-runtime-client/node_modules/core-js
> node scripts/postinstall || echo "ignore"
←[96mThank you for using core-js (←[94m ←[96m) for polyfilling JavaScript standard library!←[0m
←[96mThe project needs your help! Please consider supporting of core-js on Open Collective or Patreon: ←[0m
←[96m>←[94m ←[0m
←[96m>←[94m ←[0m
←[96mAlso, the author of core-js (←[94m ←[96m) is looking for a good job -)←[0m
core-js@3.2.1 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/meteor/ecmascript-runtime-client/node_modules/core-js
> core-js@3.2.1 postinstall /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/meteor/ecmascript-runtime-server/node_modules/core-js
> node scripts/postinstall || echo "ignore"
←[96mThank you for using core-js (←[94m ←[96m) for polyfilling JavaScript standard library!←[0m
←[96mThe project needs your help! Please consider supporting of core-js on Open Collective or Patreon: ←[0m
←[96m>←[94m ←[0m
←[96m>←[94m ←[0m
←[96mAlso, the author of core-js (←[94m ←[96m) is looking for a good job -)←[0m
core-js@3.2.1 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/meteor/ecmascript-runtime-server/node_modules/core-js
@babel/code-frame@7.8.3 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/meteor/babel-compiler/node_modules/@babel/code-frame
@babel/highlight@7.9.0 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/meteor/babel-compiler/node_modules/@babel/highlight
@babel/helper-validator-identifier@7.9.0 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/meteor/babel-compiler/node_modules/@babel/helper-validator-identifier
chalk@2.4.2 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/meteor/babel-compiler/node_modules/chalk
ansi-styles@3.2.1 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/meteor/babel-compiler/node_modules/ansi-styles
sweetalert@2.1.2 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/sweetalert
tslib@1.10.0 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/tslib
uniforms@2.6.5 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/uniforms
uniforms-bridge-simple-schema-2@2.6.5 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/uniforms-bridge-simple-schema-2
uniforms-semantic@2.6.5 /app/programs/server/npm/node_modules/uniforms-semantic
"npm": "6.14.7",
"ares": "1.16.0",
"brotli": "1.0.7",
"cldr": "37.0",
"http_parser": "2.9.3",
"icu": "67.1",
"llhttp": "2.0.4",
"modules": "72",
"napi": "6",
"nghttp2": "1.41.0",
"node": "12.18.1",
"openssl": "1.1.1g",
"tz": "2019c",
"unicode": "13.0",
"uv": "1.38.0",
"v8": "",
"zlib": "1.2.11"
added 134 packages from 116 contributors and audited 147 packages in 9.391s
2 packages are looking for funding
run `npm fund` for details
found 0 vulnerabilities
Removing intermediate container bb24f6438aa2
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Step 8/8 : CMD node main.js
---> Running in 765ff49b3259
Removing intermediate container 765ff49b3259
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Successfully built db8e02d2bbe0
Successfully tagged
The push refers to repository []
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latest: digest: sha256:459eb237b1521e3774531acadfd4b9f566c168751f7a98834701145e7fec409a size: 3052
Updating service [my-service-name] (this may take several minutes)...done.
Setting traffic split for service [my-service-name]...done.
Deployed service [my-service-name] to []
You can stream logs from the command line by running:
$ gcloud app logs tail -s my-service-name
To view your application in the web browser run:
$ gcloud app browse -s my-service-name
INFO: Display format: "none"
Note: This was done on a Windows 10 System using Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2)


Open up Windows Powershell as administrator and use npm install meteor-google-cloud -g.

Google Cloud CLI

Login in to your google account. On the cloud console, go to the cloud selector page, and create a new project. Ensure billing is enabled.

(Image to be added)

On your terminal (not Powershell), use sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates gnupg to install apt-transport-https. Use echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/] cloud-sdk main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-cloud-sdk.list to add the cloud SDK distribution.

Import the public key with curl | sudo apt-key --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/ add -

Update the SDK with sudo apt-get update

Install the SDK with sudo apt-get install google-cloud-sdk


Use git clone to clone the Meteor Application Template from Github. Change into the app directory.

Use gcloud init to create the deploy directory with the necessary files for deployment.

Use gcloud app create to start the app and pick the region closest to you.

Change into the deploy directory and edit the settings.json file. Change the project name to the project id of the project you created earlier on your cloud console. Edit the app.yml file and change the service to default.

(Image to be added)

Deploy using meteor-google-cloud --settings deploy/settings.json --app deploy/app.yml --docker deploy/Dockerfile

Potential Problems

During my personal attempt of deployment, it was lacking a few things. I used meteor npm install --save @babel/runtime simpl-schema uniforms-bridge-simple-schema-2 moment lodash faker react react-dom react-redux connected-react-router react-router-dom react-router semantic-ui-react react-scroll-up-button react-slick slick-carousel react-markdown uniforms-semantic classnames uniforms sweetalert2 react-datepicker highcharts highcharts-react-official react-beautiful-dnd redux react-content-loader history and meteor npm install --save simpl-schema moment lodash faker to obtain all the things I was missing.

During the final stages of deployment, I ran into a MongoNetworkError and the APP_CONTAINER_CRASHED. According to the official documentation, this is a known bug that is currently being fixed. I tried the bypasses suggested, though neither has worked for me. Currently searching for a solution.


Please provide information about problems that occurred. Costs of service. Performance. Quality of documentation. Anything else that would be of use in deciding whether or not to choose this service over others.

Last updated on by Philip Johnson