Self hosting

Self hosting our open source backend

We’ve released StaticBackend as an open source project you may self host for free.

Here are the steps you need to do to have a local version working:

  1. Up and running in 30 seconds with Docker
  2. Use the binaries or clone the repository
  3. Configure the necessary environment variables
  4. Provide services via docker or natively installed
  5. Compile and start the server
  6. Create an account on your instance

Up and running in 30 seconds with Docker

If you already have a working Docker and Docker Compose environment you can be up and running with a fully working development mode instance.

Clone or download our core repository

$> git clone
$> cd core

Create a .env file. You may start from the provided .demo.env:

$> cp .demo.env .env

Build the staticbackend:latest image.

If you have make available

$> make docker


$> docker build . -t staticbackend:latest

Run the backend and all required services via the demo docker-compose file we provide:

$> docker-compose -f docker-compose-demo.yml up

Leave the terminal open as you’ll need it to grab your app tokens.

  1. Open a browser and navigate to http://localhost:8099.
  2. Create your first app by entering your email and click on “Create app” button.
  3. Return to the terminal where you started docker-compose and look for the output to get all your credentials and tokens.

From there you’re fully setup to start building your app.

Check out our documentation and select your desired programming language.

Use the binaries or clone the repository

If you don’t have or want to use Docker, here’s how you can get started with a more manual setup.

You may use the pre-built binaries for Linux, MacOS and Windows we provide on the release page on our GitHub repo.

You will need to clone or download the code:

$> git clone
$> cd core

Either copy the binary in that directory or build the server (see later).

Configure the necessary environment variables

StaticBackend relies heavily on either PostgreSQL or MongoDB, and Redis.

Here are the environment variables you’ll need.

MAIL_PROVIDER=dev or ses
DATABASE_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017 or user=postgres password=postgres dbname=postgres sslmode=disable
DATA_STORE=mongo or pg

If you’re going to use the AWS implementation for sending email (ses) and file storage (s3) you’ll need those environment variables:


The DATA_STORE determines if StaticBackend stores its data in PostgreSQL or MongoDB. Therefore, the DATABASE_URL should match your choice of data persistence.

For the local file storage you’ll need this one:


Create an .env file at the root of the core project with the proper values for each variables.

Provide services via docker or natively installed

The simplest way to provides the necessary services (PostgreSQL or MongoDB and Redis) is via Docker.

$> docker-compose up

This will start a PostgreSQL and Redis servers.

For MongoDB you may use the proper docker-compose file:

$> docker-compose -f docker-compose-mongo.yml up

This will start a MongoDB and Redis servers that are needed by StaticBackend.

Please note: The docker-compose-demo.yml is used to run all services and the backend server. If you’re using a binary or compiling the source you may use the docker-compose.yml file.

You may install and run native PostgreSQL or MongoDB and Redis servers if you do not have access to Docker. Please refer to PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Redis own documentation for how to install native servers on your development computer.

Compile and start the server

If you’ve downloaded the binary for your OS you don’t need to compile the source.

You’ll need Go 1.16+ installed to compile the core project. Refer to this page to install Go.

If you are running Linux you most certainly have make available. Here’s how to build and start the server locally:

$> make start

This compile and start the server using the .env file to setup the proper environment variables.

Your StaticBackend instance runs under http://localhost:8099

Manually compile and start

If you do not have make available.

  1. Make sure that the environment variables are available in your current terminal session.
  2. Compile the server with:
$> cd cmd && go build -o staticbackend && ./staticbackend

Replace ./staticbackend for staticbackend.exe if you’re on Windows.

Create an account on your instance

To start using your StaticBackend instance you’ll need to create an account for your app.

The easiest way is:

  1. Open a browser and navigate to http://localhost:8099
  2. Enter your email and click the “Create app” button
  3. Return to the terminal where staticbackend is running and you’ll see all your app’s credentials and tokens.

You may also use our CLI.

Please refer to the documentation on how to install the version for your OS.

Once installed, add the following config file to your current directory:


region: dev

Than execute this command:

$> backend account create

This will create your account, a new database and an admin user with a root token to execute database request on server-side on behalf of other user.

You may now create your application and have a new .backend.yml with the created account info inside so any command you issue with the CLI in your application directory will be targeting this new account and database.

From there you may start using our client or server libraries with the tokens you received.

Refer to the documentation for more information about what you can do with your backend.

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