How to deploy Meteor App to DigitalOcean

Hello, I am building an app on the Meteor platform, and my app repository is saved on Github. My server is Digital Ocean.  I am trying to deploy commits made in Github to my remote server (website) without success. I tried three approaches, outlined below:

1. I tried executing “git pull” in SSH, but after receiving the message " * branch HEAD -> FETCH_HEAD Already up-to-date" the website remained unchanged.

2.  I tried running “mupx”, which many recommend for use with Meteor, but I received an error message “Verifying deployment: FAILED”. 

x Verifying deployment: FAILED

        npm@2, which has some small
        npm WARN deprecated backwards-incompatible changes made to `npm run-script` and
        npm WARN deprecated semver behavior.
        npm ERR! install Couldn't read dependencies
        npm ERR! Failed to parse json
        npm ERR! Unexpected end of input
        npm ERR! File: /bundle/bundle/programs/server/package.json
        npm ERR! Failed to parse package.json data.
        npm ERR! package.json must be actual JSON, not just JavaScript.
        npm ERR!
        npm ERR! This is not a bug in npm.
        npm ERR! Tell the package author to fix their package.json file. JSON.parse

        npm ERR! System Linux 3.13.0-43-generic
        npm ERR! command "/usr/bin/node" "/usr/bin/npm" "i"
        npm ERR! cwd /bundle/bundle/programs/server
        npm ERR! node -v v0.10.43
        npm ERR! npm -v 1.4.29
        npm ERR! file /bundle/bundle/programs/server/package.json
        npm ERR! code EJSONPARSE
        npm ERR!
        npm ERR! Additional logging details can be found in:
        npm ERR! /bundle/bundle/programs/server/npm-debug.log
        npm ERR! not ok code 0

        => Redeploying previous version of the app


        To see more logs type 'mup logs --tail=50'


3.  I even tried doing “git pull” directly into the Digital Ocean server terminal, but once again received the message " * branch HEAD -> FETCH_HEAD, Already up-to-date. ", once again without any updates to the website. 

Does anyone know what I may be doing wrong? 

Thank you for your time! 

IMHO Meteor app deployment is not friendly… 

  • i recommend you to use their own host, Galaxy but the price is expensive
  • if you want still use Digitalocean you can use dokku (mini paas like Heroku) and  meteor- buildpack -horse  stack. cheap stack :smileyvery-happy:


dokku: use digitalocean dokku one click install, more info