Hi everyone! I made a mobile app for Fly.io, “FlyScoop”. I’d certainly love general feedback and ideas, and am working to open it up for testing right now. Here are some screenshots:
It ain’t the prettiest… but it’s functional! I’ll try to record a video too.
If you’re brave and/or curious, feel free to try it out and share feedback.
iOS: Join TestFlight here: Join the FlyScoop beta - TestFlight - Apple
Android: Coming soon.
- Alpha app ahead. Although it does not perform any mutable operations, you should not use this in production.
- The app needs a Fly.io access token. This token is stored in ios/android secure storage, and only exchanged with
fly.iohttps services. It is not and will never be shared with me. Only proceed if you trust this statement.
- App detail
- When an app is running in a backup region, it is not shown correctly in the per-region cards.
Please report issues and ideas here! I am sure there is a lot to improve. You can also use the TestFlight “send feedback” feature to share any issues with a screenshot. I’ll try to keep the previous section up to date with known issues.
Here’s what it can do right now:
- List apps (multi-organization aware - switch orgs in top nav)
- Drill down into app
- See current release version & date
- See basic metrics
- See list of active regions & health status
- View/follow app logs
- View deployments
- Pull-to-refresh (in any view where it makes sense)
- Reset app (wipe local data and start over)
And here’s what I’d like to do next:
- (Get everything above solid - no doubt have plenty of bugs)
- Scale operations (count and/or instance type, like
- Rollback deployments (pick a previous release & re-deploy it)
- Regional drill-down (show only region-specific state, logs, etc)
- Show additional metrics
- Bookmark custom promql queries
- 2022-02-17 — First TestFlight release
I guess the easiest answer is, because I wanted to!
I’ve worked extensively in AWS, Heroku, and GCP, and often longed for a simple “on-the-go” mobile app for infra, for those situations when you’re away from the power tools (cli & desktop dashboard). Along came fly with great API support to make it all possible! My goal is to cover the 80-90th percentile of monitoring & light management use cases — “what just happened” usage, quick scales/restarts, that sort of thing.
“Can’t the web/cli already do this”, well yes certainly. I believe there are some good reasons a mobile app can nicely complement those tools:
Persistence of login. While the web dashboard of Fly is great, there are good reasons for it to re-authenticate you every so often. Conversely, apps (and their platform-enforced sandboxing) are great environments for keeping longer-lived access credentials. When I’m on-the-go and want to see what’s going on right now, jumping through a login flow is often an irritating hurdle.
Clutter & distraction free. In a web browser, the dashboard will be sharing space with whatever other tabs and windows are open. I like having something that always opens up to “just” the infra. This is most pronounced when I’m coming back to dashboard; even if I’m still logged in, I probably have to hunt my way through whatever other tabs are open on my mobile browser.
Native UI polish. Not going to make a big case here, but I think there’s a wide range of stuff that can work better and/or more pleasantly with native UIs and controls. (I’m certainly not there yet :))