# Choosing a Deployment Method

There are several different deployment methods available, all using the same BTCPay Server software. Because BTCPay is a free and open-source cryptocurrency payment processor, we support diversity in deployment methods for users. Different solutions work best for different use cases.

Business deployment methods can vary by setup, maintenance, support, price, etc. You can run BTCPay as a self-hosted solution on your own server, or use a third-party host. The self-hosted solution allows you not only to attach an unlimited number of stores and use the Lightning Network but also become a payment processor for others.

BTCPay is a non-custodial invoicing system which eliminates the involvement of a third-party when managing funds. Payments with BTCPay go directly to your wallet. Your private keys are never uploaded to the server. Meaning 3rd Party BTCPay hosts do not control user funds, they are simply hosting your instance of the BTCPay software for you.

Developer deployments are not recommended for production environments and require the user to have technical knowledge related to the build.

Decision diagram

# What are my options?

(*): Those deployments are using the Docker Deployment under the hood.

# To chose one that will best suit your needs, consider the following:

Web Solutions 1. 2. Why?
(Fast Setup)
3rd Party
BTCPay Hosts
- Low Difficulty
- BTCPayServer Support (1)
- Lightning Network (2)
Cost / Month Free $10 BTC Accepted

LunaNode Web-Wizard is a VPS solution, deployable from an easy-web interface.

VPS Solutions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Why?
(Self Setup)
LunaNode (opens new window) Digital
Ocean (opens new window)
AWS EC2 (opens new window)
- Moderate Difficulty
- Docker Compose
- Lightning Network
Cost / Month $10 $10 $35 $60 $70 BTC Accepted (1)

- BTCPay can also be deployed on any VPS that meets the minimal requirements.
- VPS providers that use OpenVZ are not supported.

Hardware Solutions 1. 2. Why?
(Hardware Setup)
in a Box (opens new window)
Nodl.it (opens new window) - Ready Out Of The Box
- Prices Vary By Service
- Lightning Network
BTC Accepted

Developer Solutions
(Testing Setup)
Manual Install Manual Build Hardware Build
Not Recommended
For New Users
Install From
Command Line (opens new window)
Build Without
Docker Image
ARM32v7 (opens new window)
Raspberry Pi
Fast Sync (opens new window)