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New Nightscout Users

Interested in building a Nightscout DIY site?
Make sure you read and undertand this before starting.


Currently fully documented solutions:

Heroku with MongoDB Atlas.
Railway with its own database or with a MongoDB Atlas (can be used for migration).

Work in progress solutions:

Northflank with its own database or with a MongoDB Atlas (can be used for migration).
Fly.io is being worked on... stay tuned.

External documentation to be consolidated:

Google Cloud
MVPS
Digital Ocean
Oracle
Synology

Exploration paths:

Azure

Vendors comparison table

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Vendor Cost (USD) Web page Data base Complexity
11.99$/month Yes Yes None
max 4.99€/month Yes Yes None
7$/month Yes No Medium
Free ->
9$/month
No Yes Medium
Free ->
5$/month
Yes Yes Medium
Free ->
???$/month
Yes Yes Medium
Free ->
5$/month
Yes No High
Free ->
$/month
Yes Yes High
Free ->
$/month
Yes Yes High
3$/month Yes Yes High
6$/month Yes Yes High
Hardware Yes Yes High
Hardware Yes Yes High
variable Yes No High


Security and safekeeping

It's highly important you understand you have to take computer security seriously when setting up Nightscout. We assume you have full legal ownership of all data being stored in your installation of Nightscout and that there are thus no liabilities you'd need to respond to regarding the data. Depending on how you use Nightscout, an unauthorized user could cause harm by for example changing the CGM data shown by Nightscout. We have no evidence of this having ever happened to anyone, but to keep it that way, take the following guidelines to heart:

  •    
    Vendor Cost (USD) Web page Data base Complexity
    11.99$/month Yes Yes None
    max 4.99€/month Yes Yes None
    7$/month Yes No Medium
    Free ->
    9$/month
    No Yes Medium
    Free ->
    5$/month
    Yes Yes Medium
    Free ->
    5$/month
    Yes No High
    Free ->
    $/month
    Yes Yes High
    3$/month Yes Yes High
    6$/month Yes Yes High
    Hardware Yes Yes High
    Hardware Yes Yes High
    variable Yes No High

  • Do not use the same password for all your accounts, and choose passwords that are not easy to guess.

  • Do not use the API_SECRET for the Atlas database password.
  • Do not use your Dexcom or CareLink user name or password for Nightscout components.
  • Do not share the API_SECRET or other passwords to your accounts to others.
  • Do not use Nightscout or any related applications on rooted and/or otherwise compromized devices, and ensure you always have the latest operating system and virus protection updates installed.

If you want to read more about Nightscout security, including about additional configuration options to make your installation more secure, please check our security guide.

Record your information in a safe place.

You can either print this pdf document or edit the Word version, or this Excel sheet, to record all information during installation. Store it together securely with your diabetes documentation.

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