Deploying Changes via the CLI Tool

Deploying Changes via the CLI Tool

With the CLI tool, you can directly deploy local project changes without triggering a Jenkins build or using the Liferay Cloud Console. This tutorial walks through the process of adding a portal property to the Liferay service and deploying it to the dev using the CLI tool.

To get started, you first need the CLI tool installed and ready to use, as well as a local copy of your project’s Git repository (e.g., GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab).


Although the CLI tool provides a quick way to deploy changes to your project, it’s best practice to use the CI service and Liferay Cloud console for the majority of deployments. See Deploying Changes via the Liferay Cloud Console to learn how.

If you are using version 3.x.x services in your project, you must first prepare their LCP.json files before deploying changes with the CLI tool.

Otherwise, you can skip this step and begin the deployment process:

Preparing LCP.json Files in Project Version 3

If you are not using version 3.x.x services in your project, then skip this step and begin making your change.

Otherwise, open the at the root of your repository, and find properties for the Docker image versions for each of your services, like the following properties:


For each of these properties, copy the value and use it to replace the placeholder value for the image property in the corresponding service’s LCP.json file. This allows the CLI to use the correct Docker images when it searches within the lcp directory.

For example, use the value from the property as the new value in lcp/search/LCP.json for this line:

"image": "@[email protected]",

The liferay.workspace.lcp.jenkins.image property corresponds to the ci service.

Adding a Portal Property to the Liferay Service

Begin the deployment life cycle by adding a portal property to the dev environment’s Liferay service and committing your changes:

  1. Ensure your local master branch is up-to-date with the latest version of your project’s repository.

  2. Create a new working branch based on your up-to-date master branch.

    git checkout -b example-cli-deployment-branch
  3. Go to <project>\liferay\configs\dev\, and add the following property to the file:


    If you’re using version 3.x.x services, then the appropriate folder path is lcp/liferay/deploy/dev. See Liferay Cloud Project Changes in Version 4 for more information on the differences in the directory structure, and Understanding Service Stack Versions for how to check the version of your services.

  4. Add and commit your changes with the following commands:

    git add .
    git commit -m "Test - Adding Portal Property"

Deploying Your New Build via the CLI Tool

Once you’ve committed your changes, follow these steps to create a build of your Liferay service with Gradle, and then deploy it to your dev environment using the CLI tool:

  1. Open your terminal, and navigate to the Liferay service folder.

    cd <project-folder>/liferay

    If you’re using version 3.x.x services, you must navigate to the lcp directory in your repository before running the CLI tool, so that it can traverse the directory and find your services’ LCP.json files.

  2. Run lcp login. If you’re not already logged in, you are prompted to authenticate your credentials via browser.

  3. Run the following commands in sequence to create a Gradle build for your Liferay service:

    ./gradlew clean deploy createDockerfile

    If you are using version 3.x.x services in your project, then you must instead run ./gradlew distLiferayCloud from the lcp/liferay directory.

    You must first create a Gradle build of the Liferay service before running the lcp deploy command. No local build process is required for other services, so you can directly deploy backup, CI, database, search, and webserver services.

  4. Copy the LCP.json file into the Docker directory before deploying the build.

    cp LCP.json build/docker
    cd build/docker

    You must copy the LCP.json file into the Docker directory, because the lcp deploy command must be run from a directory with the service’s LCP.json file when deploying that service.

  5. Run the following command to deploy the build to your dev environment:

    lcp deploy --project=<project-name> --environment=dev

    You can view the progress of your deployment in the terminal.

    During this process, your new build is added to your project and deployed to the dev environment. At this time, the Liferay service should restart with the new portal property.

Verifying Your Sample Deployment

Once your build has successfully deployed and your dev environment’s Liferay service is Ready, follow these steps to verify your changes:

  1. Navigate to your project’s dev environment.

  2. Go to the Web Server service’s page, and click on its URL to access the dev environment’s Liferay instance: https://webserver-<project-name>

    Click on the Web Server URL to access the dev environment's Liferay instance.

  3. Verify the web server node is displayed at the bottom of the Home Page.

    Verify the webserver node is displayed at the bottom of the Home Page.