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Using Nixpacks (a better alternative to Buildpacks), Hop can automatically detect the language of your app, removing the need to write a Dockerfile for most cases. If a Dockerfile is detected, it will just be built using regular Buildkit.


Docker layers are cached to speed up the build process on a per-deployment basis. As of today, we don’t bill for build cache although this may change in the future. Each deployment is assigned a quota of 50GB in build cache - usage can be tracked under the Resources tab within the deployment.


Your deployment’s environment is injected into each build - any environment variables imported during runtime will also exist during build time.

Building locally with the CLI

By default, hop deploy spins up a server-side builder instance. To use your local machine’s cache and compute power to build & push your image instead, append the --local flag.