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What are your Most Used Self Hosted Applications?

What are your Most Used Self Hosted Applications?

A question that comes up quite a bit in the Self Hosted communities is "What Self Hosted applications do you use most?" This question alone has been the reason I discover so many new applications I never knew I needed. Perhaps I can do the same for you by sharing my most used self hosted applications.

Nginx Proxy Manager

Nginx Proxy Manager is the backbone of my self hosted network. This application is used more and does more than anything else I use. Without it, I wouldn't be able to host any of these applications securely.

GitHub - NginxProxyManager/nginx-proxy-manager: Docker container for managing Nginx proxy hosts with a simple, powerful interface
Docker container for managing Nginx proxy hosts with a simple, powerful interface - GitHub - NginxProxyManager/nginx-proxy-manager: Docker container for managing Nginx proxy hosts with a simple, po...

Portainer

Portainer is how I orchestrate all of my applications using Docker. It helps manage and deploy my docker applications in a simple, effective way. I use the Portainer Agent on other servers and machines so I can use one instance of Portainer for all of my Docker hosts.

GitHub - portainer/portainer: Making Docker and Kubernetes management easy.
Making Docker and Kubernetes management easy. Contribute to portainer/portainer development by creating an account on GitHub.

Ghost

I spend a lot of time on this site creating content and constructing ideas for my next article. This website uses Ghost which is self hosted on my own hardware. You can read more about how I self host Ghost here.

GitHub - TryGhost/Ghost: Turn your audience into a business. Publishing, memberships, subscriptions and newsletters.
Turn your audience into a business. Publishing, memberships, subscriptions and newsletters. - GitHub - TryGhost/Ghost: Turn your audience into a business. Publishing, memberships, subscriptions and...

Filebrowser

I use Filebrowser to quickly edit, view and move files. It's an application I use nearly every single day.

GitHub - filebrowser/filebrowser: ๐Ÿ“‚ Web File Browser
๐Ÿ“‚ Web File Browser. Contribute to filebrowser/filebrowser development by creating an account on GitHub.

Bookstack

One thing I learned early on when I got into self hosting and building a homelab was to take notes! I use Bookstack to store my notes and things I learn along the way. I also store docker compose snippets. You can see my public instance on TheHomelabWiki.

GitHub - BookStackApp/BookStack: A platform to create documentation/wiki content built with PHP & Laravel
A platform to create documentation/wiki content built with PHP & Laravel - GitHub - BookStackApp/BookStack: A platform to create documentation/wiki content built with PHP & Laravel

HumHub

The open source Humhub is what I use as my personal, private Facebook. I don't use Facebook but I like the idea of privately posting personal notes, photos, videos and project ideas on a micro-blog style platform that I can later reflect and look back on. I use it to remember dates and to keep track of my daily tasks.

GitHub - humhub/humhub: HumHub is an Open Source Enterprise Social Network. Easy to install, intuitive to use and extendable with countless freely available modules.
HumHub is an Open Source Enterprise Social Network. Easy to install, intuitive to use and extendable with countless freely available modules. - GitHub - humhub/humhub: HumHub is an Open Source Ente...

AzuraCast

AzuraCast allows me to create my own 24/7 uninterrupted music streams. I self host this in Proxmox and I use my Echo Show to play the stations I want to hear. It's something I use all the time and highly recommend.

GitHub - AzuraCast/AzuraCast: A self-hosted web radio management suite, including turnkey installer tools for the full radio software stack and a modern, easy-to-use web app to manage your stations.
A self-hosted web radio management suite, including turnkey installer tools for the full radio software stack and a modern, easy-to-use web app to manage your stations. - GitHub - AzuraCast/AzuraCa...

Tube Archivist

This application has been a ย complete life saver. My kids are very young but love to watch videos from YouTube. I needed a way to control what content they consume. Tube Archivist allows me to choose what channels and videos are downloaded. There are automated options but I prefer using the manual options when it comes to the content my kids consume and Tube Archivist is perfect in every single way.

GitHub - tubearchivist/tubearchivist: Your self hosted YouTube media server
Your self hosted YouTube media server. Contribute to tubearchivist/tubearchivist development by creating an account on GitHub.

Grafana

When it comes to monitoring my consumer grade homelab, I look to Grafana. It allows me to see at a glance, what my system vitals are when combined with Netdata and Prometheus.

GitHub - grafana/grafana: The open and composable observability and data visualization platform. Visualize metrics, logs, and traces from multiple sources like Prometheus, Loki, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, Postgres and many more.
The open and composable observability and data visualization platform. Visualize metrics, logs, and traces from multiple sources like Prometheus, Loki, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, Postgres and many mo...

Umami

When I need a simple analytics option, I always choose Umami. I use it here on Noted and you can see it here. It's a wonderful analytics tool that focuses on the privacy of the people. You can read the self hosted umami review here on Noted.

GitHub - mikecao/umami: Umami is a simple, fast, privacy-focused alternative to Google Analytics.
Umami is a simple, fast, privacy-focused alternative to Google Analytics. - GitHub - mikecao/umami: Umami is a simple, fast, privacy-focused alternative to Google Analytics.

Linkding

I really enjoy using Linkding as a bookmark application because it keeps my browser clutter free. I like how I can search for bookmarks, archive and delete them with ease. Adding tags to bookmarks allows me to categorize them.

GitHub - sissbruecker/linkding: Self-hosted bookmark service
Self-hosted bookmark service. Contribute to sissbruecker/linkding development by creating an account on GitHub.

Audiobookshelf

Audiobookshelf is the newest of the self hosted applications that I use for audiobook and podcast hosting. It's clean web interface is second to none and fills a few voids I've been wanting for a long time. Check out the self hosted Audiobookshelf review here on Noted.

GitHub - advplyr/audiobookshelf: Self-hosted audiobook and podcast server
Self-hosted audiobook and podcast server. Contribute to advplyr/audiobookshelf development by creating an account on GitHub.

Emby

When it comes to serving home videos, Emby is what we use for that and other media. It's been an all around great solution and a household favorite for the kids.

GitHub - MediaBrowser/Emby: Emby Server is a personal media server with apps on just about every device.
Emby Server is a personal media server with apps on just about every device. - GitHub - MediaBrowser/Emby: Emby Server is a personal media server with apps on just about every device.

Final Notes and Thoughts

I use Proxmox hypervisor for nearly all of my self hosting applications. If you don't know what Proxmox is, you should take some time and check it out. But in short, it's a free hypervisor where you can host virtual machines and LXC containers. It offers convenient solutions for backups and snapshots depending on what storage you are using.

All of these applications have Docker images. The only one that doesn't have an official Docker image is Humhub but there are some working images out there.

What are your most used self hosted applications? Let us know in the comments below! Want to see more? Check out all of our Self Hosted reviews!

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