Speed up your Netlify deploy workflow with the CLI

Like Ricky Bobby once said…

I want to go fast

We all want to move quick. I’m going to share a quick tip on getting faster Netlify deployments.

Sometimes I just need a preview URL and I need it right meow.

This is where the netlify deploy command comes in.

netlify deploy allows you to quickly pipe up your files into your Netlify site.

The CLI will return a unique preview URL for you to scope out and share with your team etc.

But why?

Well Timmy, not tiny change needs or deserves to be committed into git just to get back that sweet, sweet deploy preview URL.


If you haven’t installed the netlify-cli you can do so with npm

npm install netlify-cli -g

Then login to your Netlify Account

netlify login

Then link your local site in your site’s cwd

netlify link

Then run your local build. This step is important don’t miss it!

# build your beautiful site
npm run build

Then deploy!!!!! 🚀🚀🚀🚀

netlify deploy

This will deploy your site to a draft URL and return back the link. Share this link with your team, your neighbors and your mom.

➜  davidwells.io git:(master) ✗ netlify deploy
Deploy path:        /Users/david/David/davidwells.io/public
Configuration path: /Users/david/David/davidwells.io/netlify.toml
Deploying to draft URL...

✔ Finished hashing 3047 files
✔ CDN requesting 2816 files
✔ Finished uploading 2844 assets
✔ Draft deploy is live!

Logs:           https://app.netlify.com/sites/davidwells/deploys/5cf71c46d6e0efd765871a15
Live Draft URL: https://5cf71c46d6e0efd765871a15--davidwells.netlify.com

If you want to make this live to the world, add the -p or --prod flag to publish to your live URL.

netlify deploy -p

Careful with this puppy 👆 and verify your site/app is built AND working before potentially deploying something broken.

Zoom Zoom

We are now deploying in style with the netlify-cli 😎