There are multiple ways you can deploy a Cube.js Backend service; you can learn more about them here in the docs. In this tutorial, we'll deploy both the backend and the dashboard on Heroku.

The tutorial assumes that you have a free Heroku account. You'd also need a Heroku CLI; you can learn how to install it here.

First, let's create a new Heroku app. Run the following command inside your Cube.js project folder.

$ heroku create real-time-dashboard-demo

We also need to provide credentials to access the database. I assume you have your database already deployed and externally accessible. The example below shows setting up credentials for MongoDB.

$ heroku config:set \
  CUBEJS_DB_TYPE=mongobi \

Next, we need to make some changes to our index.js file to make it serve static files from the dashboard-app/build folder. Update the content of index.js with the following.

const CubejsServerCore = require('@cubejs-backend/server-core');
const WebSocketServer = require('@cubejs-backend/server/WebSocketServer');
const express = require('express');
const bodyParser = require("body-parser");
const http = require("http");
const path = require("path");
const serveStatic = require('serve-static');

var app = express();

app.use(bodyParser.json({ limit: "50mb" }));

const cubejsServer = CubejsServerCore.create({
  orchestratorOptions: {
    queryCacheOptions: {
      refreshKeyRenewalThreshold: 1,

const server = http.createServer({}, app);

const socketServer = new WebSocketServer(
  { processSubscriptionsInterval: 1 }

if (process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production') {
  app.use(serveStatic(path.join(__dirname, 'dashboard-app/build')));

const port = process.env.PORT || 4000;
server.listen(port, () => {
  console.log(`🚀 Cube.js server is listening on ${port}`);

Add a start command to your package.json to tell Heroku how to start up the application.

   "scripts": {
-    "dev": "./node_modules/.bin/cubejs-dev-server"
+    "dev": "./node_modules/.bin/cubejs-dev-server",
+    "start": "node index.js"

Finally, we need to run the npm build command inside the dashboard-app folder and make sure the build folder is tracked by Git. By default, .gitignore excludes that folder, so you need to remove it from .gitignore.

Once done, commit your changes and push to Heroku. 🚀

$ git add -A
$ git commit -am "Initial"
$ git push heroku master

That’s it! You can run the heroku open command to open your dashboard.

Congratulations on completing this guide! 🎉

I’d love to hear from you about your experience following this guide. Please send any comments or feedback you might have in this Slack Community. Thank you and I hope you found this guide helpful!