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Heroku shutdown how to migrate to koyeb

By David Li on Friday, 2 September 2022 13:00:00 GMT
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Unfortunately, due to corporate greed, heroku is shutting down, the community has already rallied against this change. There are many other alternatives listed, for one of my personal projects I have chosen koyeb.

To track various light novel updates and manga updates, I use a discord rss bot. This bot is written in javascript and uses the monitorss library. The bot is hosted on heroku and uses a free dyno. The bot is also connected to a mongodb database which is external from mongodb free tier.

Having two instances run at once causing a few issues, but overall with some adapation you can move your stuff from heroku to koyeb. A lot of the koyeb build steps are similar to heroku, but there are some differences. For server side applications, I think koyeb is a great alternative to heroku. For bots, you may need to hack a server together along with the bot.

const fs = require('fs')
const path = require('path')
const MonitoRSS = require('monitorss')
const schedulesPath = path.join(__dirname, 'settings', 'schedules.json')
const configPath = path.join(__dirname, 'settings', 'config.bot.json')
const config = fs.existsSync(configPath) ? JSON.parse(fs.readFileSync(configPath)) : {}
const schedules = fs.existsSync(schedulesPath) ? JSON.parse(fs.readFileSync(schedulesPath)) : {}

const clientManager = new MonitoRSS.ClientManager({
  setPresence: true,

const http = require('http');

// Create an instance of the http server to handle HTTP requests

// Start the server on port 3000
// delay start by 5 seconds
setTimeout(() => {
  let app = http.createServer((req, res) => {
    // Set a response type of plain text for the response
    res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});

    // Send back a response and end the connection
    res.end('Hello World!\n');
  app.listen(8080, '');
}, 5000)

Previously heroku, had a very way to run bots on their server, with koyeb, we need a port to listen to, and a way to keep the bot alive. I have chosen to use the standard http server, and that starts 5 seconds after monitorrss is initialized.

Alternatively a basic terraform setup can be made, koyeb was recently added to terraform.

  required_providers {
    koyeb = {
      source = "koyeb/koyeb"
provider "koyeb" {
  # Use the KOYEB_TOKEN env variable to set your Koyeb API token.

resource "koyeb_app" "my-app" {
  name = "my_tf_app"

Overall porting content from heroku can be done with koyeb or other listed alternatives.


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