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Consuming Services

Shipa provides applications with native services that can be consumed globally by applications deployed in Shipa.

For detailed information about currently supported and available Shipa services, please visit the Services page, that is part of this documentation

Service Consumption

In Shipa, service workflow can be described in two steps:

  • Create a service instance
  • Bind the service instance to the application

To start exploring and consuming available services from Shipa, list all services currently available by using the service-list command:

$ shipa service-list
| Services       | Instances |
| mongodb        |           |
| mysql          |           |
| redis          |           |
| rabbitmq       |           |

The output from service-list above shows four available services and no instances created on any of them. To create our MySQL instance, run the command service-instance-add:

$ shipa service-instance-add mysql db_instance
Service successfully added.

Now, if we run service-list again, we see the new service instance available in the list:

$ shipa service-list
| Services       | Instances            |
| mongodb        |                      |
| mysql          | db_instance          |
| redis          |                      |
| rabbitmq       |                      |

To bind the service instance to an application, use the service-instance-bind command.

$ shipa service-instance-bind mysql db_instance -a myapp
Instance mysql is now bound to the app myapp.

The following environment variables are now available for use in your app:


As shown in the command output, the environment variables are used to connect to the MySQL server.

Next, update the application to use these variables when connecting to the database.

After updating the application, deploy the new version of the application, which allows it to communicate with the service.

Service Information

To get more information about a service, use the service-info <service_name> command.

$ shipa service-info mysql
Info for "mysql"

| Instances   | Plan    | Apps  |
| db_instance | default | myapp |

| Name    | Description|
| medium  | 2G Memory  |
| default | 1G Memory  |

Occasionally, creating a new service instance may take some time to complete. To see the state of a service instance, use service-instance-status <service_name> <service_instance>:

$ shipa service-instance-status mysql db_instance
Service instance "db_instance" is pending

As soon as service-instance-status command returns as up, the application is ready to use.

Updated about 15 hours ago

Consuming Services

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