Self-Hosted Alternatives

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There will be some common choices in some common categories here for some self-hosted alternatives. A more comprehensive list of alternatives will be listed at the bottom of this page.

None of the software listed on this page is endorsed or supported by r/selfhosted.

Webservers

Daemons that serve website content.

  • Apache | The most popular webserver since forever. Higher overhead than others, but most PHP applications assume it.
  • nginx | Second most popular webserver today, created to run some of the biggest Russian websites.
  • Lighttpd | A more niche webserver focusing on low overhead and high performance.

Databases

Daemons or services that store data in a structured format.

  • PostgreSQL | A popular database solution that emphasizes extensibility and standards compliance.
  • Maria DB | Based on MySQL, forked to maintain an open source alternative that is mostly compatible with MySQL-based applications.
  • MongoDB | A document-based NoSQL database that uses JSON-like formatting to store information.
  • SQLite | Flat file database that doesn’t require a running DB server.

Content management systems

Frontends for managing the content on your website.

  • WordPress | The most popular CMS by market share, uses the blog format.
  • Joomla! | Another popular CMS written in PHP.
  • WonderCMS | Claims to be the smallest CMS around. Is definitely small.

E-commerce

Software for operating and managing an e-shop.

File synchronization

Services that synchronize files across systems.

Media streaming

Daemons for streaming digital media.

  • Jellyfin | Media streaming server capable of handling audio, video, comics, books, and photos.
  • Icecast | Operate your own Internet radio station!
  • Navidrome | Music streaming software with a web UI and compatible with Subsonic/Airsonic clients.

Photo galleries

Software for operating a photo gallery.

Wiki software

You own personal knowledge base!

  • DokuWiki | A simple wiki that stores content in text files instead of a database.
  • MediaWiki | The software that powers Wikipedia.
  • Cowyo | A minimal wiki/note-taking package.

The master lists of self-hosted alternatives.