Seeking Recommendations for Hosting Environment to Test and Deploy n8n for a Beginner

Hello, I’m a beginner eager to delve into creating chatbots and automation tasks. I am looking for a straightforward, effective, and budget-friendly hosting environment to test and deploy n8n.

Could anyone recommend a hosting provider that meets these criteria? Are there any free or economically priced solutions that are particularly well-suited for beginners?

I currently use shared hosting with o2switch in France. However, I understand that shared hosting may not be ideal for this purpose.

I appreciate any advice or suggestions you can provide. Thank you!

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Hey @Wil_WilOnWeb,

Just for learning you could run n8n on a Pi if you have one, But if you wanted a cloud provider the Oracle Free tier is pretty good or there are services like Linode, OVH, Hetzner, Digital Ocean and of course Azure, AWS and Google Cloud.

I would take a look at each and see which one fits your needs.

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I can recommend Hetzner as easy, cheap and well working hosting. You can create a server and select docker (ubuntu). Or as I prefer, create a server with debian and then install docker the manual way described on the docker website. Btw. you can select an arm64 server (cax), lowest plan for n8n.
Then follow the instructions here:

Worked flawlessly for me.

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with google cloud i can get a free plan ?

I think with heroku too we can get free plan ? ( i saw that on youtube )

I managed to launch it on Windows with my web browser
But is it a good idea to learn with this or will I have limitations?

if you get a refferal link for hetzner, there are 20€ free to test. any youtuber that does videos about hetzner should have such a link in their videos.

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I tried several hostings in Europe and overseas. Finally I stayed with Hetzner, because they offer high quality hosting with self built tools and technologies. The server never went down and their tools simply work. I also like their self-built control panel. For my webserver I use hestia on Debian 12. For the n8n installation I simply installed Debian and Docker, then followed the n8n installation tutorial, which just worked immediately. So I can recommend them safely.

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