Building microservices applications can be a pain because you normally have to deal with a lot of boilerplate and it can be hard to ensure end-to-end type-safety. In this guide we'll build and deploy a fully type-safe microservices application in Go, implementing the backend for a Trello application as an example.

To build our app, we'll be using Encore, a backend development platform that provides a type-safe Infrastructure SDK for declaratively defining infrastructure in Go code. We'll then use Encore to automatically provision and deploy our application.

🚀 What's on deck:

  • Install Encore
  • Create your backend app from a template
  • Run locally
  • Deploy to Encore's free development cloud

💽 Install Encore

Install the Encore CLI to run your local environment:

  • macOS: brew install encoredev/tap/encore
  • Linux: curl -L | bash
  • Windows: iwr | iex

🔨 Create your app

We'll be starting from a template that has two services, each with a couple of API endpoints and their own databases.

(This example is intended to show how you create microservices applications with Encore. However, Encore can just as easily be used to build monolithic architectures.)

This is what the architecture looks like:

Architecture Diagram

Developing locally

When you have installed Encore, you can create a new Encore application and clone this example with this command.

encore app create my-app-name --example=trello-clone

Running locally

Before running the application, make sure you have synced the project dependencies by running go mod tidy and that Docker is installed and running. Docker is required when running Encore applications locally that uses SQL databases.

To start the Encore application, run:

encore run

While encore run is running, open http://localhost:9400/ to view Encore's local developer dashboard.

Defining services

With Encore you create a service by defining one or more APIs within a regular Go package. Encore recognizes this as a service and uses the package name as the service name.

When deploying, Encore automatically provisions the required infrastructure for each service.

Using Databases with Encore

Encore treats SQL databases as logical resources and natively supports PostgreSQL databases.

To start using a database you only need to define the schema by creating a migration file. Encore takes care of provisioning the database, running new schema migrations during deploys, and connecting to it.

Defining database schemas

Database schemas are defined by creating migration files in a directory named migrations within an Encore service package. As you can see in this example, the database schema is defined in the migration file 1_create_table.up.sql.

Using the API

To see that your app is running, you can ping the board.Create endpoint to create a Trello board.

curl 'http://localhost:4000/board.Create' -d '{"Name":"my board"}'

Open the developer dashboard

While encore run is running, open http://localhost:9400/ to view Encore's local development dashboard. Here you can see the request you just made and view a trace of the response.


Deploy your application to a staging environment in Encore's free development cloud:

git add -A . git commit -m 'Commit message' git push encore

Then head over to the Cloud Dashboard to monitor your deployment and find your production URL.

From there you can also connect your own AWS or GCP account to use for deployment.

Now off you go into the clouds!