Get Started

Before we dive in, let’s make sure you are ready.

What do you need?

  • You need to be able to install software on your computer. This is so you can install the CLI, or Command Line Interface, a program used to interact with Cloud Foundry.

  • You should be comfortable using a terminal and working with simple command line tools. Codecademy has a great tutorial on the command line if you feel like you need some practice before continuing with this tutorial:

  • You will sign up for a Cloud Foundry account on a hosted provider. The providers all offer free trials.


Code Blocks: We will use code blocks to denote commands run in the terminal window as well as examples of output from the commands. The following example expects you to run the pwd command.


We also use code blocks to show representative output from running commands. For example, if you run pwd above, you can expect to see output similar to:


Variables: In the instructions, we place variables inside of less than < and greater than > keys. You should supply your specific values in place of these blocks. For example, if you see <USERNAME> in a code block, you should replace it with your username.

Ready to go? Let’s pick a provider.