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NEW! Infinite storage / streaming with Plex and Debrid

Recently (2024), a selection of our apps used to integrate media streaming (Plex) and downloaders (Real-Debrid) have been popular. Here's a quick guide..

What users say..

Here's what some of our usersfriends say..

"I don't understand how there aren't tons of elves already. The way this whole thing is setup is great, from getting a free $10 amount of elfbuckz to start, free 7 day trials on most services, the subscription prices of the products are reasonable, to the smoothness of how everything runs. I just dont get it, people choose to pay way more with places that don't provide the same customer service nor have a great community like this one. I recommend elfhosted to everyone.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @bigcasino1_69181 (Discord)

"Just wanted to check in here and let @Darth-Penguini and anyone/everyone else know...WOW. I have been struggling with storage for years, maintenance of Docker containers, upkeep, all of it. Elfhosted is so freeing. It's an amazing service that I hope to be a member of for a long, long time!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @Fingers91 (Discord)

"I just have to say, I am an incredibly satisfied customer. I had been collecting my own content for nearly 20 years. Starting off with just a simple external HD before eventually graduating to a seedbox with 100TB of cloud storage attached and fully automated processes with Sonarr and Radarr . However, the time came when the glory days of unlimited Google Drive storage ended. I thought my days of having my full collection at my fingertips via :plex: were behind me, until I found Real-Debrid and ElfHosted.

Now I essentially have the exact same access to content as I had before, but even better. Superior support and community involvement. Content is available almost immediately after being identified. A plethora of tools at my fingertips that give me more control and automation than ever before. Wonderfully well done and impressive! I am looking forward to being a customer for a very long time! Massive kudos to @funkypenguin 🀟

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @BSM (Discord)

"I would recommend ElfHosted to anyone. It has been great so far and made life a lot easier than running my own setups. If you’re in the fence give them a try and help support this great community."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Zestyclose_Teacher20 (Reddit)

"thanks for the help and must say this is the best host I every had for my server πŸ™‚ 10/10 πŸ™‚ All other places I have try have I got a lot buff etc. Your host can even give me full power on a 4K Remux on 200GB big movie file . That's damn awesome πŸ˜„"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @tjelite (Discord)

"What an amazing support system these guys have Chris and Layzee i think it was! Both are very patient with me even though I am a newbie at all this. Very thorough and explained everything step by step with me

I couldn’t ask for anything better than the service I have received by these guys! Happy happy client❀️"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @dead.potahto (Discord)

"Very happy customer. Great service"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @ronney67 (Discord)

"Very good customer service, frequent updates, and excelent uptime!!!!!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @ed.guim (Discord)

"I had my own plex-arrs setup on hetzner for years. Yesterday I deleted everything as elfhosted has gone above and beyond it. And it has a fantastic, active community as well! Very friendly, helpful and like-minded folks always willing to help and improve the system. Top notch!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @alon.hearter (Discord)

"The Elfhosted product alone is great. The team is super transparent on the issues and resolutions that happen as it grows. Lots of opportunity to self-solve issues, but the support from both mods and darth-penguini is SO quick and proactive. Props to them."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @elevenfifteen (Discord)

"really enjoying the service from elfhosted. The setup is really easy from the guides on the website. And the help on the discord channel is really quick."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @jrhd13 (Discord)

"Support is amazing, and once you find a setup which works best for you it works perfectly, very happy 😊"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @fiendclub (Discord)

"great fast service, resolved my problem and really friendly"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @allan.st.minimum (Discord)

"Great service and sorted out a billing issue super quick and easy."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @scottcall707 (Discord)

"Very friendly support, resolved a problem with my account! I also appreciate the community that has been built around the service!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @leo1305 (Discord)

"excellent customer service and very fast replies"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @yo.hohoho (Discord)

"Loved the simplicity, experience and support"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @y.adhish (Discord)

"Very friendly help as always, problem solved, one happy elf here!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @badfurday0 (Discord)

"Great Helpful and Fast support. Thanks!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @.mxrcy (Discord)

The back-story

I love self-hosting1, and have been publishing guides on building self-hosting platforms and running apps since 2016. Over time, I've updated my own platform from Docker Swarm to Kubernetes (several iterations).

Somewhere along the way, building automated / resilient / scalable systems in Kubernetes became my DayJob™, and I spent 2 years consulting/co-investing in a seedbox provider.

When this provider shut down, I took the opportunity to take my self-hosting to the next level. I leveraged what I'd built / learned over those past 2 years to build ElfHosted - a multi-tenant, resilient, automated and scalable app hosting platform, running on "budget" bare-metal cloud hardware. I wanted to be able to rapidly deploy new self-hosted apps in a templatized way, and I wanted to invite other geeks to join in / observe the process.

- David (@funkypenguin)

But.. but..

ElfHosted vs Selfhosting

Question:

"Why wouldn't I just run the app myself?"

Answer:

Totally valid. Here are some guides I wrote for doing just that on Docker Swarm or Kubernetes.

ElfHosted is for users (like me, post-kids!) who don't necessarily have the time / inclination to run (and maintain!) certain apps locally, want it to "Just Work™".


  1. Defined as controlling and managing the apps I use, regardless of where they run