Self-Hosted Book

A birds eye view for self-hosting beginners.

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This book is the fastest way to get up and running as a beginner with self-hosting your own applications on your server or NAS.

You still have to do the hard work of setting up your server and installing the applications. But you will know what to look out for and get tips and tricks from an experienced self-hosting enthusiast who builds a career out of this passion. By the time you're done, you'll have your desired self-hosted applications running for yourself.

About the Book

This book is for aspiring self-hosters who want to learn how to host their own services on their own server or NAS. Like with everything new you will need to learn a lot. This book will help you to get started with your self-hosting journey.

This is not a step-by-step guide. This is an opinionated guide with recommendations on how to get started with self-hosting. Kind of when writing a small hello, world! program in a new programming language. This is the hello, world! of self-hosting.

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. Hardware
  4. Operating Systems
  5. Network Basics
  6. Useful Linux Commands
  7. File Systems
  8. Memory
  9. Finding logs
  10. Network debugging
  11. Recovery
  12. Backup
  13. Installing applications
  14. Advanced Networking
  15. Basic security

About the Author

Hey there 👋

I am Andrej Friesen, the author of The self-hosted book.

I am a self-taught software and systems engineer and a self-hosting enthusiast. I basically started my journey into self-hosting with a Raspberry Pi 1 (the OG version) and a 1.5TB hard drive in 2012.

Since then I have spent countless hours learning about self-hosting and building my own infrastructure. Later I switched my career to IT infrastructure despite the fact that I was studying to become an engineer. I am now working as a software and systems engineer at a cloud provider and building Platform as a Service solution. Working on offering different tools as a service like Kubernetes, NFS, several databases, and many more.

I am thankful for the open-source communities and tools that allowed me to learn and build my own career path in IT. I am now giving back to the community by writing this book and sharing my knowledge with you.