Self-Host Vercel Cheaply Using Coolify and Hetzner

Tired of Vercel’s pricing and policy changes? Self-hosting Vercel offers better control and significant cost savings. Here’s how to do it using Coolify on a Hetzner VPS.

Why Self-Host?

When considering self-hosting, cost and control are significant factors. For example, Hetzner offers a VPS plan starting at just €3.29 per month, a trustworthy company. Most of all, you can’t find more bang for the buck.

The Hetzner Plan

Hetzner’s 3.29€ per month plan is ideal for small to medium-sized projects. The plan provides:

  • 2 vCPUs
  • 4 GB Memory
  • 40 GB SSD / Storage

This setup is more than sufficient for hosting Coolify and several small to medium web applications, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious developers.

Coolify: A Self-Hosted Platform

Coolify Dashboard

Coolify is an open-source platform that simplifies the process of deploying various applications. It supports a wide range of languages and frameworks, including Go, Python, and Next.js.

Pros and Cons of Coolify


  • Supports multiple languages and frameworks.
  • Simple setup and deployment processes.
  • Cost-Effective: When used with affordable VPS providers like Hetzner, it significantly reduces hosting costs.
  • Control: Complete control over your deployments and infrastructure.


  • Management Overhead: Requires manual updates and maintenance.
  • Security: Self-hosting requires proper security management to protect against vulnerabilities.

Note: Coolify’s resource requirements are minimal. Hetzner’s 3.29 € shared plan, which is sufficient for Coolify.

Steps to take

  1. Get a VPS:
  • Choose a provider like Hetzner.
  • Create a new server
  • For the image, choose Ubuntu 24.04.
  1. Install Coolify:
  • SSH into your VPS ( you should have received a mail from Hetzner)
  • Follow the installation instructions on Coolify
  1. Access Coolify:
  • After installation, access the Coolify admin dashboard via the provided port.
  • Secure your setup with proper firewall settings and HTTPS.
  1. Success! Deploy Your Projects:


  • Use the Coolify dashboard to deploy applications from your GitHub repositories.
  • Configure DNS settings to point your domain to the Coolify server.


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Now what?

Ready to save money and gain control? Head to Hetzner and get started!


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