Cloudron vs Yunohost


These are my rough notes from when I was looking for a self-hosting platform. I tried both Cloudron and YunoHost, and eventually stuck with YunoHost.


YunoHost has more apps and a stronger ethos. It would be a no-brainer for me, but for a couple of things:

  • I don't think installed apps run in any kind of isolation on Yunohost, whereas Cloudron is all containers
  • Cloudron apps seem well maintained, whereas Yunohost looks more hit and miss, dependent on volunteer contributions

So it kind of swings on if I have time to properly maintain it, which was partially what I was hoping to avoid having to do.

But now just reading more about Yunohost's aims - and - I feel like I can't not support them. If if needs a bit more time going in, so be it… gotta live your principles if you can. So that's kind of made my mind up. I'll definitely start with Yunohost for personal stuff and switch only if I hit some major bumps.

If this was for work purposes, I would probably have to choose Cloudron right now, for the sake of robustness.

An excellent thread on the topic here:

A good post from that mirrors my thoughts pretty closely: Cloudron vs. YunoHost - the self-host app showdown

1. Approach

Cloudron basically sets up docker and then pulls in containers.

YunoHost installs Debian and configures the software directly on top of that, mingled together.

2. Ethics and

The fact YunoHost has the Anarchist Library as an app tells you something about its ethics :) (though I think it's partly enabled by it building on top of Debian, which also bundles that library IIRC).

3. Security model

Yunohost is best if you are price sensitive but it doesn't use containers and really depends if you want to take that risk.

> keeping those apps updates is a lot of work. I imagine it's a lot of thankless work.

> It's a side effect of not using containers.

Interesting, yunohost seems to be idealogically opposed to things such as docker and ansible:

4. Resources

5. Elsewhere

5.1. In my garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

5.2. In the Agora

5.3. Mentions

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