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    Meteor Deploy S3

    This tool builds and bundles the client part of a Meteor app with a simple index.html and sends it to AWS S3 for static web hosting


    $ [sudo] npm install -g meteor-deploy-s3


    Create a bucket in AWS S3 and enable static web hosting

    Create a bucket in AWS S3, then go to the properties of that bucket, click Enable website hosting and set the index document to "index.html"

    Create a AWS User

    Go to security credentials in the menu. Go to users, and create a new one. Then, create a inline policy for that user.

        "Version": "2012-10-17",
        "Statement": [
                "Sid": "Stmt1452183229000",
                "Effect": "Allow",
                "Action": [
                "Resource": [

    Create a config file in your App

    Create a file named deploy.json.

      "accessKeyId": "ACCESS_KEY",
      "secretAccessKey": "SECRET_KEY",
      "bucket": "mybucketname",
      "region": "us-east-1"


    Run the command in the folder of your meteor app.

    $ deploy-s3

    For a list of options see:

    $ deploy-s3 --help

    Passing a settings.json

    You can pass an additional settings file using the --settings or -s option:

    $ deploy-s3 -s ../settings.json

    Note Only the public property of that JSON file will be add to the Meteor.settings property.

    App URL

    Additionally you can set the ROOT_URL of your app using the --url or -u option:

    $ deploy-s3 -u

    If you pass "default", your app will try to connect to the server where the application was served from.

    If this option was not set, it will set the server to "" (empty string) and will add a Meteor.disconnect() after Meteor was loaded.

    Using custom templates

    If you want to provide a custom template for the initial HTML provide an HTML file with the --template or -t option:

    $ deploy-s3 -t ../myTemplate.html

    The template file need to contain the following placholders: {{> head}}, {{> css}} and {{> scripts}}. The following example adds a simple loading text to the initial HTML file (Your app should later take care of removing the loading text):

    <!DOCTYPE html>
            {{> head}}
            <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/loadingScreen.css">
            {{> css}}
            {{> scripts}}

    By linking a file from your public folder (e.g. loadingScreen.css) and moving the {{> css}} and {{> scripts}} placeholder to the end of the <body> tag, you can simply style your loading screen. Because the small CSS file (loadingScreen.css) and the body content will be loaded before the Meteor app script, the the user sees the nice Loading text.

    Connecting to a Meteor server

    In order to connect to a Meteor servers, create DDP connection by using DDP.connect(), as seen in the following example:

    // This Should be in both server and client in a lib folder
    DDPConnection = (Meteor.isClient) ? DDP.connect("http://localhost:3000/") : {};
    // When creating a new collection on the client use:
    if(Meteor.isClient) {
        posts = new Mongo.Collection("posts", DDPConnection);
        // set the new DDP connection to all internal packages, which require one
        Meteor.connection = DDPConnection;
        Accounts.connection = Meteor.connection;
        Meteor.users = new Mongo.Collection('users');
        // And then you subscribe like this:


    npm i meteor-deploy-s3

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