Hobby Deployment

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Note: Self-hosting PostHog means managing the service yourself. This means running regular upgrades, scaling, etc. If you are less technical or looking for a hands-off experience, we recommend PostHog Cloud. You can also find support partners to manage the service for you via the PostHog Marketplace.

We provide a PostHog "hobby deployment" option for those that want to try out self-hosted PostHog without having to spend a lot on infrastructure costs.

This type of deployment is aimed at users who want to test out the platform or do some minimal tracking (e.g. for a personal blog, or to test PostHog as simply as possible with low volumes).

It should not be used as a production instance for tracking a product with any reasonable amount of scale.


  • You have deployed a Linux Ubuntu Virtual Machine.
    • A $10/month (2GB RAM) droplet on Digital Ocean can handle approximately 100k events spread over a month
    • We recommend a $20/ month (4GB RAM) if you expect any surges in event volumes
    • Over 100K we'd recommend our Scale deployment methods

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Quick install on an Ubuntu VM

For a quick install that uses Docker, run the following command:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/posthog/posthog/HEAD/bin/deploy-hobby)"


/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/posthog/posthog/HEAD/bin/upgrade-hobby)"


If you need to move into production or if your server is struggling, you can migrate to a production instance as follows: