# 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.

Decision diagram


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

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

Deployment method Difficulty Production/Dev All features
Approx. cost
per month
1-click install
Easy Production Yes $10
1-click install
Easy Production No $10-$30
1-click install
Easy Production Yes $20
Third-Party Hosts
What is this ?
Easy Production Host: Yes
Hostee: No
Free or Paid hosting,
depending on provider.
Hardware & Cloud As A Service:
- embassyOS (opens new window)
- Lightning in a Box (opens new window)
- Nodl.it (opens new window)
- Nodl.cloud (opens new window)
- Voltage.cloud (opens new window)
Easy to Moderate Production Yes Varies on provider
Virtual Private Server:
OpenVZ not supported
- LunaNode (opens new window)
- Microsoft Azure
- Digital Ocean (opens new window)
- Google Cloud
- Other VPS
(minimal requirements)
Moderate to Hard Production Yes $10-70
depending on provider
Manual Deployment:
- Install From Command Line (opens new window)
- Build Without Docker Image
Very hard Development Yes Components + Electricity
Hardware build:
- Raspberry Pi 4
- Hack0
- LightningInABox
hard Development Yes Components + Electricity

- VPS providers that use OpenVZ are not supported.
- Fast Sync (opens new window) can be used to accelerate the initial setup sync time for most deployments.