Self hosting for free (with caveats!) with Oracle Cloud

@Lopro - Did you ever get your setup working with Oracle mail?

Running discourse doctor is giving:

==================== MAIL TEST ====================
For a robust test, get an address from
Or just send a test message to yourself.
Email address for mail test? ('n' to skip) [<snip>]:
Sending mail to . .
Testing sending to using
SMTP server connection successful.
Sending to . .
Sending mail failed.
Replacing: Sending mail to

==================== DONE! ====================
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No, I didn’t. And I dropped it after I found out it was a paid part of the free tier.


I set up my forum with Mailjet, they have a Free plan.
6,000 emails per month - 200 emails per day, not bad for starters.


As the original tutorial for hosting Discourse on Oracle Cloud is a bit outdated, and uses some paid services, I decided to remake it while sticking purely to 100% free services.

Here it is:

If it helps you in any way, or if I should change anything, feel free to let me know. Thanks!


Great. Good. Filler.


@Hector, maybe you can put this link in your the first post? May help newcomers :slight_smile:


The guide is useful; can I however do it without providing any credit card information?


I don’t think so. They do this to prevent abuse of their free service.


No, I don’t think so. It’s put in place so that people don’t make multiple accounts and take advantage of the free resources.

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I did that but I still keep getting the same error, once I get home I’ll post a screenshot.


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any ideas on what I should do @merefield

So what is the error?

403, give me a moment to try and set it up

Hostname for your Discourse? []:

Checking your domain name . . .
WARNING: Port 443 of computer does not appear to be accessible using hostname:
WARNING: Connection to (port 80) also fails.

This suggests that resolves to some IP address that does not reach this
machine where you are installing discourse.

The first thing to do is confirm that resolves to the IP address of this server.
You usually do this at the same place you purchased the domain.

If you are sure that the IP address resolves correctly, it could be a firewall issue.
A web search for “open ports YOUR CLOUD SERVICE” might help.

This tool is designed only for the most standard installations. If you cannot resolve
the issue above, you will need to edit containers/app.yml yourself and then type

./launcher rebuild app


*for information, somethingawesome was just a placeholder as i dont want to link my personal site

@RGJ look above for screenshots

Which OS did you install on your server? Ubuntu?

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Yes indeed I have downloaded it on Ubuntu

What does sudo iptables -S output?

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Could this be a free option for automatic Discourse backup and storage ?