AI Agent isn't connecting / using tools in local hosted environment


i am just getting into n8n and struggling to figure this out. i’m wondering if someone could help me.

i selfhosted on and my ai agent isn’t using the tools.

i tested the exact set up in a free trial on the cloud version of n8n, and it DOES work.

what am I missing here? thank you!

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Hey @Hanson_Cheng,

Welcome to the community :cake:

I once had a chat with @oleg about this and from what I understand it all comes down to the LLM model you are using and if it is “smart” enough to know that it needs to use a tool, Where you are hosting n8n shouldn’t really matter for this but maybe if one model isn’t working try a different one or tweak the prompt to be more specific.

Hi @Hanson_Cheng

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thank you. i figured it out. i didn’t set it up correctly in render. i moved over to railway and now it works well. thank you!

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