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# Managing Acquia Cloud CD environments¶

To provide increased production-ready deployment speed, reliability, and cost efficiency, Acquia Cloud CD enables developer teams to create and work in additional development environments, and then remove those on-demand environments when they’re no longer required.

CD environments are built dynamically and are very similar to regular Drupal-based environments.

Created CD environments will persist until you delete them. For additional information about what CD environments contain, see the following:

At its initial level, Acquia Cloud CD includes five CD environments for your use. If you need additional CD environments, contact your Account Manager.

You can use any of the following methods to add or remove CD environments from your Acquia Cloud application:

## Managing your environments with the Acquia Cloud interface¶

The Acquia Cloud interface allows users with the Add an environment and Delete an environment permissions to add and remove CD environments from your application, as required.

### Adding an environment with the user-interface¶

To add a CD environment to your subscription, complete the following steps:

1. Sign in to Acquia Cloud as a user with the Add an environment permission, and then select the application in which you want to create a CD environment. To determine if an application already contains a CD environment, examine the application’s card:

2. From your subscription’s action icons, click the Add Environment icon. If your application does not have any environments, an Add environment button will also be displayed on the page.

3. In the dialog box, add a label in Enter a label for the new environment.

Note

To prevent confusion, Acquia strongly recommends that you label this environment as a temporary environment.

4. Click Continue. Acquia Cloud displays an Add environment dialog box.

5. In the Select branch list, select the branch you want to deploy to your Acquia Cloud CD environment, and then click Continue.

6. If you have more than three databases in your environment, Acquia Cloud will display a dialog box labeled Select up to 3 databases. Select the check boxes next to the database schemas that you want to add to the environment, up to a maximum of three.

7. Click Continue. Acquia Cloud then displays a dialog box to both confirm your choices and display the number of remaining CD environments.

Acquia Cloud will begin to create your CD environment. You can monitor the environment’s creation status in the activity notifications section of the interface.

### Deleting an environment with the user interface¶

When you are finished with a CD environment, it can be deleted from Acquia Cloud. To do this, complete the following steps:

1. Sign in to Acquia Cloud as a user with the Delete an environment permission, and then click the Trash can icon for the environment you want to remove.

Acquia Cloud displays a Remove cloned environment dialog box.

3. Click Remove.

or

1. Sign in to Acquia Cloud as a user with the Delete an environment permission, and then select the CD environment you want to remove.
2. From your environment’s action icons, click the Remove icon. Acquia Cloud displays a Remove cloned environment dialog box.
4. Click Remove.

Acquia Cloud will begin the removal of the environment. The CD environment is no longer available for your use.

## Managing your environments with CD pipelines¶

Using pipelines, Acquia Cloud CD allows you to create or remove CD environments as instructions in an executed build definition file. To create or remove a CD environment during a pipeline job, use the following script instruction:

- pipelines-deploy


### Creating a CD environment with CD pipelines¶

To create a CD environment, place the pipelines-deploy instruction in the build element, similar to the following example:

build:
steps:
- build_site:
script:
- echo "Build instructions here"
- deploy:
script:
- pipelines-deploy


### Removing a CD environment with CD pipelines¶

To remove a CD environment, place the pipelines-deploy instruction in either the pr-merged or pr-closed elements, similar to the following examples:

pr-merged:
steps:
- deploy:
script:
- pipelines-deploy

pr-closed:
steps:
- deploy:
script:
- pipelines-deploy


## Managing your environments with Cloud API v2¶

Version 2 of the Cloud API provides a REST API that you can use to manage your CD environments. You can view the list of available Cloud API calls at the following URL:

http://cloud.acquia.com/api-docs/

Cloud API access note

Visit the Cloud API documentation page for information about authenticating to the API, including generating an API token and authenticating requests.

The API includes the following methods that you can use with your CD environments:

Code Description
POST /api/applications/{uuid}/environments Create a CD environment for the {uuid} application
DELETE /api/environments/{id} Remove the {id} CD environment

For complete information about these and other methods, see the Cloud API v2 documentation.