FlowFuse helps Node-RED developers deliver applications in a more reliable, collaborative and secure manner. Node-RED’s intuitive, low-code development environment is great for connecting together hardware devices, APIs and online services. FlowFuse adds to Node-RED, collaborative development, management of remote deployments, support for DevOps deliver pipelines and the ability to host Node-RED applications on FlowFuse Cloud. FlowFuse is the devops platform for Node-RED application development and delivery.

Before you deploy your FlowForge Droplet

You will need a DNS domain on which to host your FlowForge Node-RED Projects, and be able to create a wildcard DNS entry pointing at the Droplet’s public IP address.

The Digital Ocean DNS Quickstart will help you get started if you use Digital Ocean to manage your domain.

Software Included

Package Version License
FlowFuse 2.4.0 Apache 2
Docker CE 20.10.21 Apache 2
Docker Compose 2.12.0 Apache 2

Creating an App using the Control Panel

Click the Deploy to DigitalOcean button to create a Droplet based on this 1-Click App. If you aren’t logged in, this link will prompt you to log in with your DigitalOcean account.

Deploy to DO

Creating an App using the API

In addition to creating a Droplet from the FlowForge 1-Click App using the control panel, you can also use the DigitalOcean API. As an example, to create a 4GB FlowForge Droplet in the SFO2 region, you can use the following curl command. You need to either save your API access token) to an environment variable or substitute it in the command below.

curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
         -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$TOKEN'' -d \
        '{"name":"choose_a_name","region":"sfo2","size":"s-2vcpu-4gb","image": "flowforge"}' \

Getting Started After Deploying FlowForge

Once the droplet has deployed please do the following:

  • Setup a DNS wildcard entry for your domain to point to your_droplet_public_ipv4
  • ssh root@your_droplet_public_ipv4

Once logged in you will be asked to enter your domain name, then enter 1 to confirm or 2 to enter the domain name again.

After entering your broker you can complete the setup by pointing your browser at:

  • https://forge.[your domain]/setup