Cloud Foundry is an open source platform as a service (PaaS) for developers to deploy and scale applications without manually configuring and managing servers. The promise of “write once, run anywhere” means developers can build their apps on a programming language or framework of their choice, and be able to deploy it to any underlying cloud environment.

For example, developers could code a Java-based Spring Framework application, and “push” the application to a Cloud Foundry space. That space could be running in an on-premises OpenStack cloud, or a public cloud like Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Bluemix or Microsoft Azure. The idea is that it hides away infrastructure details and services such as databases, so developers do not need to worry about managing the underlying environment.

The Cloud Foundry platform is available from either the Cloud Foundry Foundation as open source software, or as a commercial product or service from multiple providers. Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) is a commercial offering from Pivotal, which is now part of VMware.

As an open source low code platform to visually build enterprise web apps for coders and non-coders, Joget DX is a good complement for Cloud Foundry.

Deploy Joget DX on Pivotal Cloud Foundry

In this example, we will deploy Joget DX on PCF Dev from Pivotal. PCF Dev is a lightweight, easy to install distribution of Cloud Foundry designed to run on a developer machine, making it easier to locally develop, test and explore Cloud Foundry. 

Step 1: Install PCF Dev

Install PCF Dev according to the instructions in the Pivotal Documentation.

Once installed, you may download the vm image from here and start PCF Dev using the command

cf dev start -f ~/pcfdev-v1.2.0-linux.tgz -s mysql

and you should see the output:

Downloading Resources...
Progress: |====================>| 100.0%
Setting State...
Creating the VM...
Starting the VM...
Fetching VM Address...
Waiting for the VM...
Deploying the BOSH Director...
Deploying PAS...
  Done (22m38s)
Deploying Apps-Manager...
  Done (3m12s)
Deploying Mysql...
  Done (2m12s)
         ██████╗  ██████╗███████╗██████╗ ███████╗██╗   ██╗
         ██╔══██╗██╔════╝██╔════╝██╔══██╗██╔════╝██║   ██║
         ██████╔╝██║     █████╗  ██║  ██║█████╗  ██║   ██║
         ██╔═══╝ ██║     ██╔══╝  ██║  ██║██╔══╝  ╚██╗ ██╔╝
         ██║     ╚██████╗██║     ██████╔╝███████╗ ╚████╔╝
         ╚═╝      ╚═════╝╚═╝     ╚═════╝ ╚══════╝  ╚═══╝
                     is now running!
        To begin using PCF Dev, please run:
            cf login -a --skip-ssl-validation
        Admin user => Email: admin / Password: admin
        Regular user => Email: user / Password: pass
        To access Apps Manager, navigate here:
        To deploy a particular service, please run:
            cf dev deploy-service <service-name> [Available services: mysql,redis,rabbitmq,scs]

Follow the instructions provided at the end of to connect to PCF Dev, by logging in using the admin user and choosing the pcfdev-org organization:

cf login -a --skip-ssl-validation

You should have output like the following:

API endpoint:

Your CF API version (2.125.0) is no longer supported. Upgrade to a newer version of the API (minimum version 2.128.0). Please refer to

Email: admin


Select an org:
1. cfdev-org
2. system

Org (enter to skip): 1
Targeted org cfdev-org

Targeted space cfdev-space

API endpoint: (API version: 3.76.0)
User:           admin
Org:            cfdev-org
Space:          cfdev-space

Step 2: Create MySQL Database Service

In Cloud Foundry, all external dependencies such as databases, file systems and so on are considered services. Cloud Foundry allows administrators to provide a marketplace of services, from which users can provision reserved resources on-demand.

Here, we will create a MySQL Database Service.

In the command line, search the marketplace for MySQL plans available.

cf marketplace -s p.mysql

Create a service instance with the db-small plan with the name jogetdb:

cf create-service p.mysql db-small jogetdb

More detailed information can be found at 


Step 3: Create Local Volume Service

In Cloud Foundry, a volume service provides a reliable, persistent file system. However in the latest CF Dev, it doesn't come with any volume service. Nevertheless, we should have that in production environment so Joget DX can read or write to it.

For example, create a service instance using the PCF Local Volume Service with the name jogetdata:

cf create-service local-volume free-local-disk jogetdata

More detailed information can be found at and


Step 4: Download and Deploy Joget DX WAR

Download Joget DX from 

Install Joget DX 

Look for the Joget DX WAR file jw.war in joget_installation_directory/apache-tomcat/webapps.

Push the WAR to the Cloud Foundry space with a memory allocation of 1G and application name joget:

cf push joget -p joget-enterprise-linux-7.0.0/apache-tomcat-8.5.41/webapps/jw.war -m 1G --no-start -b

Note that we use the --no-start parameter to delay the start of the application, because we need to set a couple of environment variables before starting up.


Step 5: Configure and Start Joget DX

Set the Apache Tomcat version to 8.5 and context path to /jw:

cf set-env joget JBP_CONFIG_TOMCAT '[tomcat: { version: 8.5.+, context_path: "/jw" }]'

Next, disable the Spring auto reconfiguration. This is because the Joget DX WAR already performs the necessary initialization at startup, and the auto configuration will interfere with it:

cf set-env joget JBP_CONFIG_SPRING_AUTO_RECONFIGURATION '[enabled: false]'

Bind the volume service to mount the persistent filesystem to the Joget DX data directory:

cf bind-service joget jogetdata -c '{"mount":"/home/vcap/wflow"}'

Bind the MySQL database service:

cf bind-service joget jogetdb

Verify that the services are bound to the Joget application:

cf services

For example the output shows the services bound to the joget application:

name      service   plan       bound apps   last operation     broker                   upgrade available
jogetdb   p.mysql   db-small   joget        create succeeded   dedicated-mysql-broker

Start the Joget application:

cf start joget


Step 6: Setup Joget Database

Now that the Joget platform has been deployed in Cloud Foundry, the final step is to setup the database schema, based on

At this point, we can obtain the MySQL database service credentials by viewing the environment variables:

cf env joget

In particular, note down the p-mysql service hostname, port, name, username and password.

Getting env variables for app joget in org cfdev-org / space cfdev-space as admin...

  "p.mysql": [
    "binding_name": null,
    "credentials": {
     "hostname": "q-n1s3y1.q-g173.bosh",
     "jdbcUrl": "jdbc:mysql://q-n1s3y1.q-g173.bosh:3306/service_instance_db?user=e35c7904b0c8402096ef491aa0a17151\u0026password=xgd4xt398r8hkct6\u0026useSSL=false",
     "name": "service_instance_db",
     "password": "xgd4xt398r8hkct6",
     "port": 3306,
     "uri": "mysql://e35c7904b0c8402096ef491aa0a17151:xgd4xt398r8hkct6@q-n1s3y1.q-g173.bosh:3306/service_instance_db?reconnect=true",
     "username": "e35c7904b0c8402096ef491aa0a17151"
    "instance_name": "jogetdb",
    "label": "p.mysql",
    "name": "jogetdb",
    "plan": "db-small",
    "provider": null,
    "syslog_drain_url": null,
    "tags": [
    "volume_mounts": []

  "application_id": "f80eeb36-b149-4aed-a3dc-a0cca32c0e1f",
  "application_name": "joget",
  "application_uris": [
  "application_version": "92375e68-74b1-41f6-9d11-5f196629fb4a",
  "cf_api": "",
  "limits": {
   "disk": 1024,
   "fds": 16384,
   "mem": 1024
  "name": "joget",
  "space_id": "45d5b30a-6bb1-4ccb-99f1-e45912c40ef1",
  "space_name": "cfdev-space",
  "uris": [
  "users": null,
  "version": "92375e68-74b1-41f6-9d11-5f196629fb4a"

JBP_CONFIG_TOMCAT: [tomcat: { version: 8.5.+, context_path: "/jw" }]

Access Joget DX at and you will be presented with the database setup page.

Proceed to setup the database according to the instructions at

Once setup is complete, you will be brought to the Joget DX App Center.


Appendix A: Application Manifest File

Optionally, an application manifest file can be used to specify environment variables and bind services.


- name: joget
 memory: 1G
 path: /path_to/jw.war
   - jogetdb
   - jogetdata
   JBP_CONFIG_TOMCAT: '{tomcat: {context_path: "/jw"}}'

However, there is a limitation that the current version of Cloud Foundry does not support  specifying parameters when binding parameters, so binding of the local volume service to the Joget data directory has to be done manually:

cf bind-service joget jogetdata -c '{"mount":"/home/vcap/wflow"}'
cf restage joget


Appendix B: Useful Cloud Foundry Commands

View application logs:

cf logs joget

Restage the application after modifying service bindings or environment variables:

cf restage joget

Stop PCF Dev VM:

cf dev stop

Delete the PCF Dev VM:

cf dev destroy

Uninstall the PCF Dev Plugin:

cf uninstall-plugin pcfdev


View PCF Dev App Manager: 


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