One of the best PocketBase features is that it's completely portable. This mean that it doesn't require any external dependency and could be deployed by just uploading the executable on your server.

    Here is an example for starting a production HTTPS server (auto managed TLS with Let's Encrypt) on clean Ubuntu 22.04 installation.

    1. Consider the following app directory structure:

      myapp/ pb_migrations/ pb_hooks/ pocketbase
    2. Upload the binary and anything else related to your remote server, for example using rsync:

      rsync -avz -e ssh /local/path/to/myapp root@YOUR_SERVER_IP:/root/pb
    3. Start a SSH session with your server:

      ssh root@YOUR_SERVER_IP
    4. Start the executable (specifying a domain name will issue a Let's encrypt certificate for it)

      [root@dev ~]$ /root/pb/pocketbase serve yourdomain.com

      Notice that in the above example we are logged in as root which allow us to bind to the privileged 80 and 443 ports.
      For non-root users usually you'll need special privileges to be able to do that. You have several options depending on your OS - authbind, setcap, iptables, sysctl, etc. Here is an example using setcap:

      [myuser@dev ~]$ sudo setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' /root/pb/pocketbase
    5. (Optional) systemd service

      You can skip step 3 and create a Systemd service to allow your application to start/restart on its own.
      Here is an example service file (usually created in /lib/systemd/system/pocketbase.service):

      [Unit] Description = pocketbase [Service] Type = simple User = root Group = root LimitNOFILE = 4096 Restart = always RestartSec = 5s StandardOutput = append:/root/pb/errors.log StandardError = append:/root/pb/errors.log ExecStart = /root/pb/pocketbase serve yourdomain.com [Install] WantedBy = multi-user.target

      After that we just have to enable it and start the service using systemctl:

      [root@dev ~]$ systemctl enable pocketbase.service [root@dev ~]$ systemctl start pocketbase

    If you plan hosting multiple applications on a single server or need finer network controls (rate limiter, IPs whitelisting, etc.), you could always put PocketBase behind a reverse proxy such as NGINX, Apache, Caddy, etc.

    Here is a minimal NGINX example configuration:

    server { listen 80; server_name example.com; client_max_body_size 10M; location / { # check http://nginx.org/en/docs/http/ngx_http_upstream_module.html#keepalive proxy_set_header Connection ''; proxy_http_version 1.1; proxy_read_timeout 360s; proxy_set_header Host $host; proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr; proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for; proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme; # enable if you are serving under a subpath location # rewrite /yourSubpath/(.*) /$1 break; proxy_pass http://127.0.0.1:8090; } }

    Corresponding Caddy configuration is:

    example.com { request_body { max_size 10MB } reverse_proxy 127.0.0.1:8090 { transport http { read_timeout 360s } } }

    Some hosts (eg. fly.io) use Docker for deployments. PocketBase doesn't have an official Docker image yet, but you could use the below Dockerfile as an example:

    FROM alpine:latest ARG PB_VERSION=0.22.0 RUN apk add --no-cache \ unzip \ ca-certificates # download and unzip PocketBase ADD https://github.com/pocketbase/pocketbase/releases/download/v${PB_VERSION}/pocketbase_${PB_VERSION}_linux_amd64.zip /tmp/pb.zip RUN unzip /tmp/pb.zip -d /pb/ # uncomment to copy the local pb_migrations dir into the image # COPY ./pb_migrations /pb/pb_migrations # uncomment to copy the local pb_hooks dir into the image # COPY ./pb_hooks /pb/pb_hooks EXPOSE 8080 # start PocketBase CMD ["/pb/pocketbase", "serve", "--http=0.0.0.0:8080"]

    To persist your data you need to mount a volume at /pb/pb_data.

    For a full example you could check the "Host for free on Fly.io" guide.

    PocketBase v0.16+ comes with built-in backups and restore APIs that could be accessed from the Admin UI (Settings > Backups):

    Backups settings screenshot

    Note that the application will be temporary set in read-only mode during the backup's ZIP generation.
    Backups can be stored locally (default) or in an external S3 storage.

    Alternatively, you can always manually copy your pb_data directory (for transactional safety make sure that the application is not running).

    highly recommended

    By default, PocketBase uses the internal Unix sendmail command for sending emails.
    While it's OK for development, it's not very useful for production, because your emails most likely will get marked as spam or even fail to deliver.

    To avoid deliverability issues, consider using a local SMTP server or an external mail service like MailerSend, Brevo, SendGrid, Mailgun, AWS SES, etc.

    Once you've decided on a mail service, you could configure the PocketBase SMTP settings from the Admin UI (Settings > Mail settings):

    SMTP settings screenshot
    optional

    The below instructions are for Linux but other operating systems have similar mechanism.

    Unix uses "file descriptors" also for network connections and most systems have a default limit of ~ 1024.
    If your application has a lot of concurrent realtime connections, it is possible that at some point you would get an error such as: Too many open files.

    One way to mitigate this is to check your current account resource limits by running ulimit -a and find the parameter you want to change. For example, if you want to increase the open files limit (-n), you could run ulimit -n 4096 before starting PocketBase.

    optional

    It is fine to ignore the below if you are not sure whether you need it.

    By default, PocketBase stores the applications settings in the database as plain JSON text, including the secret keys for the OAuth2 clients and the SMTP password.

    While this is not a security issue on its own (PocketBase applications live entirely on a single server and its expected only authorized users to have access to your server and application data), in some situations it may be a good idea to store the settings encrypted in case someone get their hands on your database file (eg. from an external stored backup).

    To store your PocketBase settings encrypted:

    1. Create a new environment variable and set a random 32 characters string as its value.
      eg. add export PB_ENCRYPTION_KEY="m24d9OH4Dd0L9DhyllU5g2VDADPsPMPe" in your shell profile file
    2. Start the application with --encryptionEnv=YOUR_ENV_VAR flag.
      eg. pocketbase serve --encryptionEnv=PB_ENCRYPTION_KEY