Quick Start Guide

Start building with ease by following this short guide.

Install the Encore CLI

To develop locally with Encore, you need the Encore CLI. This is what provisions your local development environment, and runs your local development dashboard complete with logs, tracing, and API documentation.

Install the Encore CLI by running the appropriate command for your system.

Mac OS

brew install encoredev/tap/encore


iwr https://encore.dev/install.ps1 | iex


curl -L https://encore.dev/install.sh | bash

You can check that everything's working by running encore version in your terminal. It should print something like:

encore version v1.0.0

Create your first app

When building with Encore, it’s best to use one application for an entire project. Create your app by running:

encore app create

Because this is the first time you're using Encore, you will be asked to create an account. After running the above command, press Enter to create your Encore account, following the instructions on screen.

Coming back to the terminal, continue by picking a name for your app, using lowercase letters, digits, or dashes.

Then select the Hello World template.

Run your app locally

Open the folder created for your app, using the app name you picked.

cd your-app-name

Then while in the app root directory, run your app by simply running:

encore run

You should see this:

That means your application is up and running!

While you keep the app running, open a separate terminal and call your API endpoint:

$ curl http://localhost:4000/hello/world
{"Message": "Hello, world!"}

You've successfully created and run your first Encore application. Well done, you're on your way!

You can now start using your local development dashboard by opening http://localhost:4000 in your browser. Here you can see logs, view traces, and explore the automatically generated API documentation.

Deploy your app to the cloud

By default Encore creates a staging environment in Encore's cloud, which is free to use for development and hobby projects. You can also deploy to your own cloud, and create different types of environments using different clouds.

Let's head to the cloud! Deploy your application by running:

git push encore

This single command builds your app, provisions the needed infrastructure, and deploys your application to the cloud directly from your terminal.

After triggering the deployment, you will see a url where you can view its progress in the Encore web platform. It will look something like: https://app.encore.dev/$APP_ID/deploys/staging/$DEPLOY_ID

Open the url to access the web platform and check the progress of your deployment.

Once the deployment is completed, you can use the web platform to view production logs and traces, create new environments and connect the cloud account of your choice.

Your app will soon be running in the cloud, isn't this exciting?

Call your API

Your API Base URL will be something like: https://staging-$APP_ID.encr.app/hello/world.

Once the deployment is completed, you can call your API by opening your terminal and running (replacing $APP_ID with your own App ID):

$ curl https://staging-$APP_ID.encr.app/hello/world
{"Message": "Hello, world!"}

If you see this, you've successfully made an API call to your very first Encore app running in the cloud.

Congratulations, you're well on your way to escaping the maze of cloud complexity!

What's next?

Check out the REST API tutorial to learn how to create a cloud backend, complete with a database and tests, in just a few minutes.

If you want to chat to other pioneering developers already building with Encore, or need help, join the friendly community on Slack.