For your instance of Red to stay online 24/7, it needs to be hosted on a dedicated system.
This page contains hosting related information and advice for beginners in
topics such as picking a provider.
First, we would like to make something clear:
Due to their inability to handle Red’s data structure and meet the
conditions of being a supported platform; platforms such as Heroku,
Pterodactyl, repl.it, Termux, LXC and alike are NOT officially supported.
Docker support found in GitHub is also a work in progress and not ready
for daily use. Workarounds for getting Red running on those platforms
are imperfect due to Red’s nature. You will not be able to receive
support if an issue occurs when hosting on any of these platforms.
Hosting on a VPS or Dedicated Server
You can host Red in a VPS running Linux or Windows. Using a Linux VPS is the
recommended option. Dedicated servers also work but are overpowered and cost
ineffective unless one plans to run a very large bot or use their server for
more than just hosting Red. If you have already created an instance, Red can be moved to a different
server for hosting with a backup/restore process. More information and guidance
about this process is available in the Red Support Server
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.
It’s possible to self host Red with your own hardware. A Raspberry Pi 3
will have enough computing capacity to handle a small to medium sized bot.
You can also host on your own computer or rack server. Any modern hardware
should work without issues. However, this option leaves you responsible for
keeping the bot online by paying for electricity costs and dealing with power outages.
Choosing a Provider
The following are some common providers suitable for hosting Red. With
each having their pros and cons, this list is mainly intended to act as a
starting point. You should conduct your own research and come to
a conclusion depending on your needs and budget, taking into account
providers not listed here if desired. The key is the provider offering
an OS supported by Red.
You will have better results with Audio when the region in your Discord
server settings is closer to the bulk of the server’s audience and
the location you picked for your Red host.
is a VPS and dedicated server
provider French in origin with locations in Poland and Netherlands.
is a US based cloud services company
with locations available worldwide, the VPS service is provided under the brand name
is a company focused on providing hosting
and cloud services with locations in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.
is a Lithuanian VPS provider mainly focused
on lower cost.
is a VPS and dedicated server provider
with a single location in New York.
is a US based cloud services company similar
to DigitalOcean with locations available worldwide.
is a VPS service from Amazon
Web Services priced lower than their enterprise offerings.
is a US based provider of VPS and dedicated servers
with locations available worldwide.
is a German VPS and dedicated server
provider with locations in Germany and Finland.
is also a German VPS and dedicated server provider
with locations in Germany and the United States.
is a US based VPS provider focused on
low to middle end VPS with locations in the US and Netherlands.
is a website where hosting providers are
discussed and curated, often with lower costs and less known providers.
Higher End Providers
is the enterprise offering of Amazon Web Services.
A limited free plan is available for 12 months, after which a complex pricing model with
high costs take over.
Google Compute Engine
is Google’s EC2 competitor.
However, an always free plan with limited resources is offered.
Microsoft Azure VM
Microsoft’s EC2 competitor with lower costs than EC2 for Windows instances, but similar
Oracle Cloud Compute
is Oracle’s EC2
competitor. But an always free plan is available with slightly higher specifications
compared to that of Google Compute Engine.
Note: The free tier offered by AWS for EC2 only lasts for 12 months, while
Oracle Cloud and Google Cloud offer always free tiers with limited resources.
Additionally, new Google Cloud customers get a $300 credit which is valid for 3 months.
Excluding the above, there is no recommended free VPS host. Persuasion of
another individual for hosting Red is an option, albeit low in success rate.