# Deployment

Strapi gives you many possible deployment options for your project or application. Strapi can be deployed on traditional hosting servers or services such as Heroku, AWS, Azure and others. The following documentation covers how to develop locally with Strapi and deploy Strapi with various hosting options.


Deploying databases along with Strapi is covered in the Databases Guide.

# Hosting Provider Guides

Manual guides for deployment on various platforms, for One-click and docker please see the installation guides.

Amazon AWS

Step by step guide for deploying on AWS EC2


Step by step guide for deploying on Azure


Manual step by step guide for deploying on DigitalOcean droplets

Google App Engine

Manual step by step guide for deploying on GCP's App Engine


Step by step guide for deploying on Heroku

# Optional Software Guides

Additional guides for optional software additions that compliment or improve the deployment process when using Strapi in a production or production-like environment.


Overview of proxying Strapi with Caddy



Overview of proxying Strapi with HAProxy


Overview of proxying Strapi with Nginx

To provide the best possible environment for Strapi there are a few requirements, these apply in both a development (local) as well as a staging and production workflow.

  • Node LTS (v10 or V12) Note that Node v14 is not currently supported
  • Typical standard build tools for your OS (the build-essentials package on most Debian-based systems)
  • At least 1 CPU core (Highly recommended at least 2)
  • At least 2 GB of RAM (Moderately recommended 4)
  • Minimum required storage space recommended by your OS or 32 GB of free space
  • A supported database version
    • MySQL >= 5.6
    • MariaDB >= 10.1
    • PostgreSQL >= 10
    • SQLite >= 3
    • MongoDB >= 3.6
  • A supported operating system
    • Ubuntu >= 18.04 (LTS-Only)
    • Debian >= 9.x
    • CentOS/RHEL >= 8
    • macOS Mojave or newer (ARM not supported)
    • Windows 10
    • Docker - docker repo

# Application Configuration

# 1. Configure

We always recommend you use environment variables to configure your application based on the environment. Here is an example:

Path — ./config/server.js.

module.exports = ({ env }) => ({
  host: env('APP_HOST', ''),
  port: env.int('NODE_PORT', 1337),

Then you can create a .env file or directly use the deployment platform you use to set environment variables:

Path — .env.



To learn more about configuration you can read the documentation here

# 2. Launch the server

Before running your server in production you need to build your admin panel for production

Run the server with the production settings.


We highly recommend using pm2 to manage your process.

If you need a server.js file to be able to run node server.js instead of npm run start then create a ./server.js file as follows:

const strapi = require('strapi');

strapi(/* {...} */).start();

# Advanced configurations

If you want to host the administration on another server than the API, please take a look at this dedicated section.