Quickly Deploy Directus on Railway
Roger Stringer / August 18, 2022
2 min read
Directus is one of the nicer headless CMSes out there, their UX, API, Insights and Flow engine make it a powerful tool.
I set up this repo to quickly get started on Railway, it uses Postgres for the database, S3 for file storage and also includes https://github.com/dimitrov-adrian/directus-extension-wpslug-interface extension already setup to handle generating slugs.
Click here to open the repo and get started.
That’s it, there’s a button to push that will take you to Railway and guide you through setting up your site.
I highly recommend taking a look at the Directus examples repo to get a feel for what you can do using Directus with various frameworks like Next, Remix, Nuxt, Astro, etc.
You should also read over the self-hosted docs which can show any further config you can add such as Redis cache, or configuring email to send via a service of your choice, these can all be configured in the railway dashboard pretty quickly.
For example, to tell the app to send email using Sendgrid:
EMAIL_FROMemail@example.com EMAIL_TRANSPORT=smtp EMAIL_SMTP_HOST=smtp.sendgrid.net EMAIL_SMTP_PORT=587 EMAIL_SMTP_USER=apikey EMAIL_SMTP_PASSWORD=YOUR-SENDGRID-API-KEY
Or to enable Redis cache, add a Redis service to your Railway app and add the following env vars:
CACHE_ENABLED=true CACHE_STORE=redis CACHE_REDIS=redis://your-redis-connection-string CACHE_TTL=15m CACHE_AUTO_PURGE=true
If you want cache but don’t want Redis, you can also just set the app to use a memory cache with:
CACHE_ENABLED=true CACHE_STORE=memory CACHE_TTL=15m CACHE_AUTO_PURGE=true
Or you can leave caching off entirely like it is by default.
I’ll keep the repo up to date as new releases come out which Railway will show in their dashboard and let you push to your own, it’s currently set to grab the latest during builds.
But if you want to upgrade yourself, then you just have to set the directus version in your package.json to the latest version number, currently it’s