Here's a TL;DR guide to getting started. We'll start simple, and then go through some more interesting options...
Create your account, get your $10 ElfBuckz
Register your account at https://store.elfhosted.com/my-account/. Enter your username in lower-case (the store will tell you if your username is invalid, but not why! )
The username that you use will define the URLs your apps will appear at, so user "johnwick" will end up with Plex at
Choose a sensible username, it can't be changed later. (
ilikebigbutts007.elfhosted.com won't be so funny when you invite Grandma to your Plex server!)
Once you've logged into your account, you'll note that your ElfBuckz balance is at $10.
Time to spend those free ElfBuckz!
Choose your first app(s)
Explore your dashboard
After a subscription purchase, you'll receive email confirmation of your order, and your apps will be available at
https://<your username>.elfhosted.com. Log in, look around.
Take note of the built-in apps, including:
- Gatus (health tab)
- Tools tab
Get mooar storage!
OK, so now you have some apps, but there's only 100Gi of storage available at
/storage/elfhosted, what gives?
Are we there yet?
Depending on the storage you choose, provisioning can be instant, or can take several days. See the table below for indicative timing:
|Storage||How long does it take?|
|StorageBox||Depends on your relationship with Hetzner. It can be 1-2h, but users have reported multi-day delays waiting on Hetzner to approve their accounts|
|Rclone||Instant (if it's an existing product), else ~<24h to test and productize|
Buy from us ($6/TB)
Just want it to work instantly? Want to grow your storage over time?
Welcome to the Hotel Elf-ifornia
We can transparently grow, but we can't shrink an ElfStorage volume.
If you buy 10TB and later decide you'd prefer 5TB, we have to manually destroy and recreate the volume.
Not willing to commit to TBs of data? We get it. Buy a Storagebox directly from Hetzner, then subscribe to a mount, we'll make it appear in
-b and -c are available too for multiple storageboxen!)
What's so great about a StorageBox?
Great question! See here to find out why it's awesome!
Already got rclone-compatible storage? We can probably mount it to your apps. When we've done it before, this process is automatic and provisioning is instant.
If it's a new config we've not encountered, you'll need to get in touch so that we can test and add an automated product to the store!
Do I need to mount my rclone storage?
No, if you just want to move data around, you can use the built-in rclone apps to migrate data to/from external storage via rclone.
A mount permanently attaches the rclone-compatible storage to your apps, so if you want to play media from Droxbox via Plex, then you'll need a mount.
Bring your own VPN
If you want to use bittorrent clients, you'll need to bring your existing VPN subscription. If you don't yet have a VPN subscription, we can recommend Private Internet Access (referral link), who are currently running a big 3-year special, and whose port-forwarding implementation is known to work well.
Choose your torrent app variant matching your VPN provider. If you don't see your provider listed, get in touch and we can try to add it.
What VPN providers can you support?
Typically any providers which support WireGuard or OpenVPN.
OpenVPN incurs higher subscription pricing due to its CPU usage compared to WireGuard.
See you in Discord!
That's it, we're done!
Where to now?