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Setting up Perforce Helix Core in the Cloud
Setting up Perforce Helix Core in the Cloud
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Written by Toshi Dávila
Updated over a week ago

Assembla is the only provider of Perforce Helix Core in the Cloud

Over 100 game and VR Studios trust us with their most important assets and code.

You can create a new Perforce project in under 60 seconds. Perforce's shared version service enables teams to collaborate on important assets like software code, documents, images, and other files. Set up Perforce Streams to increase agility and scalability when merging, building, and testing code.

To purchase a Perforce repo and take advantage of these features, please contact Sales at or speak with us on the phone at (800) 405-4408.

Teams can take advantage of the power of Perforce version management combined with Assembla’s collaboration and project management features. When you sign-up for Assembla’s hosted Perforce offering, you can get a complete project management toolkit for your team. The Perforce repositories offered by Assembla provide a single Perforce stream depot. Perforce streams are designed to be a simple, convenient framework for branching and merging and are a perfect complement to the rest of Assembla’s intuitive tools. You can use any regular Perforce application, like P4V, to work with your source files. When you submit, your files are sent to the Perforce repository hosted by Assembla, where you can use code review and other tools to work with your team.

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Install and setup Perforce

To create a P4 repository in your Assembla project, you will need to first install the P4 tool in your project. To do so, just open the project and click the green "+" icon and select "Add new P4 Repository"

This is what your Perforce repository will look like

Now that you have added the P4 tool in your Assembla project, you will need to get a Perforce Client program. Perforce provides a command-line client, graphical client, and IDE plugins on most platforms. Download the program you prefer - all Perforce client programs are available for free download.

Once you have installed P4 in your computer you'll need to make sure that you are able to connect:


1. Run 'p4 info' to make sure you can connect.
2. Login with 'p4 login' using your Assembla password.
3. Create a client for the main stream by running 'p4 client -S //depot/main -o | p4 client -i'

Your new depot is empty. You can create a new code or import existing code.

To add new content or import existing content, go to an appropriate directory in your Perforce workspace, create or copy the content, and submit it to your Perforce repository. For example, assume you've created a workspace in the directory c:\p4\my_ws, and you want to import some code you have saved under c:\temp\code.

  1. cd c:\p4\my_ws

  2. robocopy /mir c:\temp\code src

  3. p4 reconcile src\...

  4. p4 submit -d "importing code"

On non-Windows platforms, that would be:

  1. cd ~/p4/my_ws

  2. cp -r /tmp/code src

  3. p4 reconcile src/...

  4. p4 submit -d "importing code"


p4 error "cannot submit from non-stream client"
This error occurs when you are using non-stream Perforce depot. Please note that Assembla's Perforce implementation can work with Stream depots only.

Perforce Processing Hangs with Large Deploys
If you experience problems with large Perforce deploys try adding the following to your Perforce configuration file.

In command line Perforce client: provide parameter -v rpc.bufsize=VALUE to the configuration file.

In Perforce visual client: add a line with rpc.bufsize=VALUE to config file of P4CONFIG env variable (usually it is ~/.p4config).

Delete a depot in my Perforce
To erase all your commits and integration history you can delete a repository from Admin -> Tools -> Then click the Delete icon next to the repository. Please note that this action is irreversible.

Is there a way to ignore files?

Is there a way to run our Assembla Perforce server in non-unicode mode?
Currently changing the encoding for individual depots is not supported on Assembla On-Demand Perforce implementation, as many depots are hosted on the same server and this is a server-level setting. However, you can try to convert the I/O stream encoding by manipulating the encoding type programmatically.

Can Assembla import a depot so history is preserved?
It is possible to import a depot if it is a stream depot type. If it is another type of depot, there may be some compatibility issues during conversion.

Can I use a Proxy server with my Assembla depot and how will workstations count works?
Unfortunately, we do not support Perforce Proxy – it can not pass P4HOST variable, which is required for our internal routing.

Can I create triggers?
You will not be able to create triggers as a user. But we can add triggers for you. You will need to submit your request to Support at and our Operations team will take care of creating it.

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