n8n is a free and open-source workflow automation tool, that enables teams to automate tasks across different services.
Microtica offers a ready-to-use template to deploy an n8n application as part of our Free templates pack. You can deploy an n8n application on our demo Kubernetes cluster to get started. When ready, you can self-host n8n on your own AWS account and setup a production-ready solution in minutes.
Creating a Microtica account is totally free. You can do it by signing up with your email or with your Git account.
In the starting screen, select the n8n template, in the Free Application Templates section. These are free forever templates. You will be redirected to a page where you need to connect your Git account, choose a cluster where to deploy your app, and Deploy.
On the left side, you can see a link to the source code of this template. It will redirect you to Microtica's GitHub account.
As a first step, you need to connect a Git account (GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab, or CodeCommit). Microtica defines a repository name by default for each template, but you can change it. If you already have a Git account connected to Microtica, you can choose it from the list. We will create a new repository on your account with the provided name, and every Git push will be deployed automatically in Microtica.
Follow this guide on How to import your existing application in Microtica, if you already have an n8n application source code.
The next step is choosing the Kubernetes cluster where your application will deploy. There are three options you can select to run your container app:
Create a new EKS cluster on the spot
Connect an existing cluster
Get a free portion of our shared cluster
If you want to deploy your n8n application on your own AWS account, you can create an AWS managed-Kubernetes (EKS) cluster, by clicking on the Create Amazon EKS Cluster button.
This is the recommended option for production applications, as it gives you full ownership of your cloud infrastructure and applications.
This action will open the popup shown on the image above. You can select the environment in which you'd want this cluster to be deployed. If you don't have an existing environment, you can create one by selecting the Create Environment action from the dropdown menu.
Once you select an environment, the next step is to select an AWS account and region where the EKS cluster will be deployed. If you don't have a connected AWS account, you can connect one right here by clicking the Connect AWS Account button. This will initiate a CloudFormation stack that will give Microtica permissions to provision infrastructure on your AWS account. Once you create the stack, the connection will be established automatically and you'll be able to see the AWS account in the dropdown list of accounts.
Select the account, select a region, and then click on Deploy to start the deployment of your environment.
Deploying a new Kubernetes cluster on your AWS account could take up to 15 mins.
In Microtica you can also connect an existing Kubernetes Cluster that you have and deploy your applications there. You can connect Kubernetes clusters running on basically any cloud provider or on-premise. By connecting a cluster you can use the full capabilities of Microtica’s Kubernetes automation.
To connect an existing Kubernetes cluster in Microtica and deploy your n8n application there, follow the documentation linked here.
Our Free plan offers a Shared Kubernetes Cluster with 500MB of RAM for your applications. If you select the Microtica Kubernetes cluster option you will have the opportunity to request this for your applications.
This cluster should only be used for development purposes. To run production applications, create an EKS cluster using our templates (part of the Starter and Advanced plan).
By clicking the Create Demo Cluster button, you will be assigned a free portion of a Microtica-provided Kubernetes Cluster.
If needed you can request additional minutes or storage on the Free plan, at some cost. Please contact us via email or in the chat if you're interested in purchasing more workload with a shared Kubernetes cluster.
Once you’re done with the cluster selection, you can go ahead and trigger a deployment of the environment by clicking on the Deploy button.
It takes approximately 4-5 minutes for this application to be deployed on the cloud. In the meantime, you can follow the detailed deployment logs by clicking the View Logs button.
When the deployment is finished, you will see a View Applications button, that leads you to the Apps tab inside the environment. Here you can see all your live applications that are deployed and currently running on the cloud.
Select your n8n application to navigate to the overview page, where you have some basic information about the app. By clicking on the domain field or the Visit button, you can preview your application live in the browser.
For even more information, you can also look at the Deployments and Monitoring tabs, where you have the pipeline history, resource consumption metrics, and logs for your instances.
To learn more about how to scale your n8n application in Microtica, read the following article about Scaling Applications in Microtica.