Warning

This document is for Red's development version, which can be significantly different from previous releases. If you're a regular user, you should read the Red documentation for the current stable release.

VPS providers

Note

This doc is written for the hosting section of the getting started guide. Please take a look if you don’t know how to host Red on a VPS.

This is a list of the recommended VPS providers.

Warning

Please be aware that a Linux server is controlled through a command line. If you don’t know Unix basics, please take a look at this guide from DigitalOcean which will introduce you to the Linux basics.

Linux hosting

Link Description
Scaleway Incredibly cheap but powerful VPSes, owned by https://online.net/, based in Europe.
DigitalOcean US-based cheap VPSes. The gold standard. Locations available world wide.
OVH Cheap VPSes, used by many people. French and Canadian locations available.
Time4VPS Cheap VPSes, seemingly based in Lithuania.
Linode More cheap VPSes!
Vultr US-based, DigitalOcean-like.

Others

Link  
AWS Amazon Web Services. Free for a year (with certain limits), but very pricey after that.
Google Cloud Same as AWS, but it’s Google.
Microsoft Azure Same as AWS, but it’s Microsoft.
LowEndBox A curator for lower specced servers.

Self-hosting

You can always self-host on your own hardware. A Raspberry Pi 3 will be more than sufficient for small to medium sized bots.

For bigger bots, you can build your own server PC for usage, or buy a rack server. Any modern hardware should work 100% fine.

Free hosting

Google Cloud and AWS both have free tier VPS suitable for small bots. Additionally, new Google Cloud customers get a $300 credit which is valid for 12 months.

Other than that… no. There is no good free VPS hoster, outside of persuading somebody to host for you, which is incredibly unlikely.