This guide serves to provide step-by-step directions on how to setup your own repository, publish your commercial code to it, and provide your paying customers with access for installation and upgrades.
Setup your own repository, develop your package, and publish it with the following steps:
./apex install webapp users transaction support devkit
./apex create_package mypackage. It will prompt you for which repository you would like to publish to, and select 2 for your own repo.
$accessproperty to "private". This will ensure only paying customers can download / install your package.
./apex update_repo myhostname.comand enter the user / pass of the user account you created.
./apex publish mypackage.
./apex create_upgrade mypackage
Cool, so we now have our repository setup, and our private package published to it. We also have created an upgrade point,
so you can continue developing and release an upgrade any time with
./apex publish_upgrade mypackage. Apex will automatically detect all changes
made to your package since you defined the upgrade point, will package them, and upload them to your repository making them immediately available to all customer installs.
At the time of writing, although there is a full transaction and payment system in Apex, there is currently no integration with payment processors such as PayPal or Stripe, nor any order / purchase functionality. You're highly encouraged to jump in, develop it and contribute to Apex, and otherwise you will just have to be patient and wait for me to get around to it. Considering that, for the time being you will need to manually create your customer accounts.
When a new customer purchases, follow these steps:
./apex add_repo myhostname.com USER PASS
./apex install mypackage
Apex will find the package within your repository, authenticate the login credentials since it's a private package, then instantly download and install the package on the customer's server. That's it, your customer is now all setup!
We already created an upgrade point on our package, so go ahead and make any desired modifications / enhancements to the package you would like. When ready (and all unit tests check out of course),
you can go ahead and publish the upgrade to your repository with
./apex publish_upgrade mypackage. Apex will automatically detect all changes to the package, and upload them to your
The upgrade can then be instantly installed on any customer's server with
./apex upgrade. Assuming their login credentials are still correct, it will
download and install the upgrade from your repository.
Hope this guide serves your needs well. Any questions, commends, feedback, suggestions, of if you'd like to contribute, please drop us a line at [email protected], or drop a message on Reddit at /r/Apex_Platform