Information for: DEVELOPERS   PARTNERS

Working with environments

The Environments page for an application displays each of the application’s environments. For each environment, it displays controls and information about the environment’s code, databases, and files, as displayed in the following screenshot:

Environments on a subscription

About environments

Cloud Platform uses separate environments in order to help you maintain a clear and orderly workflow as you develop, test, and publish your applications. An application is deployed on each of its environments, but each environment may be in a different state, with its own database and possibly a different code branch or tag deployed. Each environment has a URL at which its application can be viewed, but only the Production environment’s URL is designed to be visible to the application’s users (website visitors).

How many environments your application has depends on the level of your Acquia subscription.

Environment Cloud Platform Enterprise Cloud Platform Professional Cloud Platform Free
Development (Dev) yes yes yes
Staging (Stage) yes yes yes
Production (Prod) yes yes no
Additional environments yes no no

Cloud Platform displays environments in the following order:

Each environment displays the Acquia Insight score for the active domain for that environment, or a link to help you install and use Acquia Insight.


Node.js applications in Cloud Platform do not display environment Insight scores.

Managing environments

To view a Cloud Platform Enterprise environment’s Overview page, click the triangle in the breadcrumbs menu on any page in the Cloud Platform interface to identify the environment you want to view, or click the name of the environment on the application’s Environments page.

From the Overview page for a Cloud Platform Enterprise environment, you can complete the following tasks:

Note for Site Factory subscribers

The Environments page for an Site Factory subscription displays the following website management links to the Site Factory Management Console:


Your Environments overview page also contains basic information about the server.

The Information section contains the following items:

Server information box

  • Git URL: Server Git URL (with a Copy link to copy the URL to your computer’s clipboard).
  • SSH URL: Server SSH URL (with a Copy link to copy the URL to your computer’s clipboard).
  • Region: Region in which this server is located.
  • PHP version: Server’s installed version of PHP.
  • Live development mode: Whether Live Development mode is enabled for the environment.

The DNS Information section contains the following items:

Box displaying DNS information for this subscription

  • Apex domain: IP addresses (A records) for the bare domain name.
  • Subdomains: Canonical name (CNAME), or a domain name that maps to the IP addresses listed in the Apex domain section.