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To set up your application to be deployed with an automated system, you need a deployer account that has access to push your application.


Plan Name Description Price
space-deployer A service account for continuous deployment, limited to a single space Free
space-auditor A service account for auditing configuration and monitoring events limited to a single space Free

These instances are available in sandbox spaces.

How to create an instance

To create a service instance that can provision service accounts, run the following command:

cf create-service cloud-gov-service-account space-deployer my-service-account

If your service account only requires read access and does not need the ability to deploy applications, use the space-auditor plan instead:

cf create-service cloud-gov-service-account space-auditor my-service-account

Obtaining credentials

To create a service account, bind a service key to the service instance:

cf create-service-key my-service-account my-service-key
cf service-key my-service-account my-service-key

This will create a service account and make the credentials available to you via a service key. Keep these credentials secure. If they’re compromised, the way to invalidate the credentials is to delete the service key (you can create another, and it will have a fresh set of credentials). Each service key that you bind to your instance creates a separate service account with different credentials; you can create as many service keys per instance as you like.

After you create one of these service keys, you will see a new “user” in your org and space with a name made of 36 letters, numbers, and dashes as its unique identifier, similar to f6ab4cfb-6e6c-4b10-8585-3f39e740905c. In your event logs, its actions will display as actions by

These credentials can be used with the cf login command in automated deployment scripts.

If you can’t find your service keys

If you’re trying to retrieve credentials for a service instance created before July 7, 2017, those old service instances had a different way of retrieving credentials. You can check this by running cf services to get your service instance name and then running cf service service-instance-name – if the service information includes a link to, it’s an old service instance. See this post for changes – your best next step is to delete the old service instance and create a new one.

More information

To use this service, see continuous deployment.

Rotating credentials

The service account service creates unique credentials for each service key. To rotate credentials associated with a service key, delete and recreate the service key.

The broker in GitHub

You can find the broker here: