Set up self-hosted Plausible Analytics without losing your mind.

The Plausible Bootstrapper is a script you execute on an Ubuntu virtual machine for painlessly setting up a self-hosted instance of Plausible Analytics.

$20. Run & done.

See it in action.

Starting with a fresh DigitalOcean droplet, here's what it'll look like to spin up a fresh instance of Plausible Analytics.

What all will this thing do for me?

Think of it as a fast track to getting a self-hosted web analytics platform stood up & ready to go. All you'll need to do is provision an Ubuntu virtual machine (on DigitalOcean, Linode, or something else) and have a domain ready to host it on. This script will take care of the rest. For you, that means:

  • No trouble with TLS.

    It'll automatically configure an TLS certificate that renews on its own.

  • No dancing with Docker.

    This thing will install necessary system dependencies and activate the Docker containers powering Plausible Analytics.

  • No noodling with nginx.

    A reverse proxy via nginx will be configured to make the instance publicly accessible.

  • No fumbling through a file system.

    Execute the script at any level of the virtual machine and you'll be good to go.

Couldn't I just do this myself?

If you're willing to take on the hassle, sure. The Plausible Bootstrapper is for the people who like the idea of saving money with self-hosted analytics, but don't want to mess with the technical details, like installing dependencies, navigating around a filesystem you don't know, or configuring nginx.

Some frequently asked questions:

  • Why self-host Plausible Analytics?

    Plausible is an incredible Google Analytics alternative, especially if you value things like performance, privacy, and simplicity. On top of that, self-hosting gives you even more control over your data and how it's used. And if you're particuarly cost-sensitive, it can save you a few bucks too.

  • Are you affiliated with Plausible?

    No. I just really like the tool and the 'self-host' model. I ditched Google Analytics years ago and love what Plausible has to offer as an alternative. I love it so much, I built this.

  • What if I run into issues and regret purchasing this thing?

    Just say so. You'll get a refund. No questions asked (although any feedback is highly appreciated).

  • Does this take care of backups?

    Not right now. It currently strictly helps stand up a running instance of self-hosted Plausible, and nothing more. Backup assistance in some form are on the roadmap, though. For the time being, consider using your virtual machine provider's backup features, or take a stab a rolling your own.

  • What platforms will it work on?

    It's designed to work on any raw Ubuntu machine you get from a virtual machine provider. It's been tested on DigitalOcean and Linode, but there's nothing preventing it from working on other providers as well (e.g. AWS, Azure, etc.). If you run into any issues, say the word and I'll either do my best to help you out or give you a refund.

Ready to give it a shot?

It's a lot cheaper than losing your sanity doing it yourself. Think about it.

Purchase   |   $20