While I was checking out some Docker container logs through Dozzle I took a quick glance at the top bar and realized I currently have 100 containers running on my homelab. It all started with a humble Raspberry Pi running a few command line tools and Newsboat RSS reader and here I am maintaining over a 100 Docker containers, along with a few lxc ones on a 3 node Proxmox cluster, along with a separate Proxmox Backup Server.
My latest craze is HomeAssistant for home automation along with Paperless-ngx for document and receipts archiving. Mealie is playing a major part in my home for meal planning and groceries shopping. Gitea is my central hub for docker-compose files (along with all other code) that then get deployed with Portainer on 5 different lxc based docker hosts. I've recently deployed OwnTracks to keep my location history. I enjoy Jellyfin as my media server and yaade as a postman, free and open source, alternative for my API testing. It-tools is my quick QRCode generator and Docker Run to Compose Converter along with a slew of other useful little tools. My IP address reservations on my 3 VLANs have an ally called phpipam and my recently acquired Unifi Express has been a blast to use that helped me to finally move away from my ISPs' home router. I use Semaphore for my Ansible automations that serves me a nice UI to keep track of what was updated when and n8n for some IFTTT type automations with a visual editor. Baserow has been a great tool as an API driven database, along with visual exploration of the data. Vaultwarden is my new self-hosted password manager and opengist is my favorite pastebin/gist server.
This post is meant as a quick listing of my latest favorite self-hosted applications and as a reminder that I should do a deeper dive on some of them. Self-hosting is not only a viable solution nowadays it is in fact a far better experience than any of the mainstream apps served by online companies. No ads, no popups, no cookie consent, nothing. Just a pure and fun experience, like the Internet used to be in what seems ages ago.