Local hosting of database or where is the data being storage?

I’m trying to see if Anytype have the ability to run like a selfhost service. Similar like Joplin with nextcloud. But i don’t know how to do it. Also i don’t understand that this “backing node” stand for, where is that “node”? is there any way to know this?

Thank you very much for this amazing tool


Hi @literaldani, thanks for posting! The self-hosted component of Anytype unfortunately is not yet avialable. It is on the roadmap, though! I believe it is scheduled for around the public release in about half a year, but that is off the top of my head…

There has been some discussion about the unclarity of nomenclature/terminology in general, but the backup/cafe/anytype node is the node where a copy of your data is synced to. It is encrypted so the Anytype team cannot access your data. This is important for you to ensure your data is secure, but it is also important to understand that if you lose your passphrase, you lost the access to your data! The backup node (in my opinion the best name for it) is hosted in AWS and is basically another instance of an Anytype application setup to sync your data to and from.

Hi Sam

Awesome explanation, im playing with the format of the objects and its really fun. I will wait for the selfhost solution no problem.
So one question regarding privacy, what is the difference with the data that i have locally (but also sync in the cloud) with notion, from this? is it the same communication?

Thank you very much :slight_smile:

You’re welcome! The main difference for me is that if Notion decides to quit or kick you out of your account for whatever reason, you lose access to your data. In short: you don’t truly own the data stored in Notion.

In contrast, if I store data in Anytype, my data is accessible even if the Anytype team quits, goes bankrupt, or otherwise shuts down their services. I won’t be able to use their backup node anymore, but I don’t need that for the tool to work and to access my data. There are two very important notes here:

  1. As the software is in closed alpha stage, sync to the backup node is mandatory to give the developers as much sync metadata as possible to optimize the sync service. This requirement will go away with (as far as I know) the public release later this year. Until then, you will need to be connected to the Anytype backup node in order to login. In that sense, if the Anytype backup node goes down, you cannot access your data (properly) as can be seen in the various topics about sync issues in the last few days due to issues with the Anytype backup node infrastructure. You can already use other devices on your network as an additional backup node, which allows local sync of data.
  2. When the Anytype backup node is no longer a requirement, you should be able to start hosting your own (backup) node to become completely independent from the Anytype backup node.
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