Deploy your First Application

Now let’s deploy your first application using Hippo!

Gather your materials

We need a few tools for this tutorial:

  1. The Hippo CLI
  2. The Spin CLI
  3. The Rust programming language

The latest release of the Hippo CLI can be downloaded from the GitHub releases page.

The latest release of the Spin CLI can be downloaded from the GitHub releases page.

After installing Rust, make sure to have the wasm32-wasi target available:

$ rustup target add wasm32-wasi
info: component 'rust-std' for target 'wasm32-wasi' is up to date

Building the example application

To build and run the Spin example applications, clone the Spin repository:

$ git clone
Cloning into 'spin'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 3114, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (570/570), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (176/176), done.
remote: Total 3114 (delta 444), reused 402 (delta 391), pack-reused 2544
Receiving objects: 100% (3114/3114), 6.81 MiB | 27.56 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (1491/1491), done.

Let’s explore the Rust example from the examples/http-rust directory:

$ cd spin/examples/http-rust

Here is the spin.toml, the definition file for a Spin application:

spin_version = "1"
authors = ["Fermyon Engineering <[email protected]>"]
description = "A simple application that returns hello."
name = "spin-hello-world"
trigger = { type = "http", base = "/" }
version = "1.0.0"

id = "hello"
source = "target/wasm32-wasi/release/spinhelloworld.wasm"
route = "/hello"

This represents a simple Spin HTTP application (triggered by an HTTP request), with a single component called hello. Spin will execute the spinhelloworld.wasm WebAssembly module for HTTP requests on the route /hello. See Spin’s configuration guide for a detailed guide on the Spin application configuration.

Now let’s have a look at the hello component (examples/http-rust/src/ Below is the complete source code for a Spin HTTP component written in Rust — a regular Rust function that takes an HTTP request as a parameter and returns an HTTP response, and it is annotated with the http_component macro:

use anyhow::Result;
use spin_sdk::{
    http::{Request, Response},

/// A simple Spin HTTP component.
fn hello_world(req: Request) -> Result<Response> {
    println!("{:?}", req);
        .header("foo", "bar")
        .body(Some("Hello, Fermyon!".into()))?)

We can build this component using the regular Rust toolchain, targeting wasm32-wasi, which will produce the WebAssembly module and place it at target/wasm32-wasi/release/spinhelloworld.wasm as referenced in spin.toml:

$ cargo build --target wasm32-wasi --release
    Finished release [optimized] target(s) in 0.01s

Now that we configured the application and built our component, we can spin up the application (pun intended):

$ spin up --file spin.toml
Serving HTTP on address

Spin will instantiate all components from the application configuration, and will create the router configuration for the HTTP trigger accordingly. The component can now be invoked by making requests to http://localhost:3000/hello:

$ curl http://localhost:3000/hello
Hello, Fermyon!

To push your application to Bindle, use spin bindle push:

$ spin bindle push --bindle-server http://localhost:8080/v1 --file spin.toml 
pushed: spin-hello-world/1.0.0

Now that we’ve published our application, let’s deploy it to Hippo!

Deploy to Hippo

Register an account using the Hippo CLI.

$ hippo register -k
Enter username: administrator
Enter password: [hidden]
Registered administrator

Then log in.

$ hippo login -k
Enter username: administrator
Enter password: [hidden]
Logged in as administrator

Create a new application. The second argument must match the bindle ID we used earlier with spin bindle push, but the first argument can be anything we’d like.

$ hippo app add helloworld spin-hello-world
Added App helloworld (ID = 'e4a30d14-4536-4f4a-81d5-80e961e7710c')
IMPORTANT: save this App ID for later - you will need it to update and/or delete the App

By default, Hippo will serve the application to a domain URL with the address .<app_name>.<platform_domain>. In this case, helloworld.hippo.localdomain. If you want your browser to resolve this hostname to Hippo, you’ll want to add it to your /etc/hosts file (or c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts for Windows users):

$ cat /etc/hosts	localhost
::1		localhost   helloworld.hippo.localdomain

Open your web browser to https://helloworld.hippo.localdomain:5309/hello and accept the self-signed certificate. You should see “Hello, Fermyon!”.


Congratulations! You just deployed your first application to Hippo!

The beginner tutorial ends here. In the meantime, you might want to check out some pointers on where to go from here.