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Version: v0.15.0

Docker Compose [Recommended]


  • Docker
  • Docker Compose

1. Create a new directory

Create a new directory to host the compose file and env variables.

2. Download the compose file

Download the docker compose file provided here.


3. Populate the environment variables

To configure the app, create a .env file in the directory and add this minimal env file:


You should change the random strings. You can use openssl rand -base64 36 to generate the random strings. You should also change the NEXTAUTH_URL variable to point to your server address.

Using HOARDER_VERSION=release will pull the latest stable version. You might want to pin the version instead to control the upgrades (e.g. HOARDER_VERSION=0.10.0). Check the latest versions here.

Persistent storage and the wiring between the different services is already taken care of in the docker compose file.

Keep in mind that every time you change the .env file, you'll need to re-run docker compose up.

If you want more config params, check the config documentation here.

4. Setup OpenAI

To enable automatic tagging, you'll need to configure OpenAI. This is optional though but hightly recommended.

  • Follow OpenAI's help to get an API key.
  • Add the OpenAI API key to the env file:

Learn more about the costs of using openai here.

[EXPERIMENTAL] If you want to use Ollama ( instead for local inference.

Note: The quality of the tags you'll get will depend on the quality of the model you choose. Running local models is a recent addition and not as battle tested as using openai, so proceed with care (and potentially expect a bunch of inference failures).

  • Make sure ollama is running.
  • Set the OLLAMA_BASE_URL env variable to the address of the ollama API.
  • Set INFERENCE_TEXT_MODEL to the model you want to use for text inference in ollama (for example: mistral)
  • Set INFERENCE_IMAGE_MODEL to the model you want to use for image inference in ollama (for example: llava)
  • Make sure that you ollama pull-ed the models that you want to use.

5. Start the service

Start the service by running:

docker compose up -d

Then visit http://localhost:3000 and you should be greated with the Sign In page.

[Optional] 6. Setup quick sharing extensions

Go to the quick sharing page to install the mobile apps and the browser extensions. Those will help you hoard things faster!


Updating hoarder will depend on what you used for the HOARDER_VERSION env variable.

  • If you pinned the app to a specific version, bump the version and re-run docker compose up -d. This should pull the new version for you.
  • If you used HOARDER_VERSION=release, you'll need to force docker to pull the latest version by running docker compose up --pull always -d.