Is there a free meteor hosting platform?

Hi everyone,

Coming back to app Dev, I naturally think to meteor :blush:

Is there a free hosting platform for personal meteor project ?

I heard about meteor-now, is it still compatible ?

Thanks for you help


meteor is training fast :wink:

Sorry, I don’t understand.

What do you mean ?

I’m sorry, I mean the meteor is coming to life again

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AWS EC2 1 year free with new accounts (CC required), with your MongoDB in Atlas with the free plan.


You could host Meteor on Heroku using Meteor Buildpack horse:

For mongo you could use the free tier on mongo cloud


Wow, so easy to deploy on Heroku thanks to buildpack-horse !!:+1::+1::+1:

Question : How to set MONGO_URL to use the “default local” meteor database ? speak about, but I don’t understand how to use that :pleading_face:

You can’t. All deployments are “volatile”. That means that the containers in which Meteor runs will come and go, destroying your database. You could use MongoDB Atlas’s free tier to host your Mongo database on their cloud. My personal preference:


Oh, this is reactivity ! Thx @cloudspider.

Ok, I understand about volatility. I’ll try Atlas.

@cloudspider, thx u, you avoid me lots of headache :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:

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Np! Let me know if you face any other issues!

Hi @cloudspider,

I created an Atlas MongoDB.

Connection string from Atlas is :


What is the “dbname” for meteor apps ?

I tried to run

sudo heroku config:set MONGO_URL=”mongodb+srv://”

but it fails on Heroku server.

Any clue ?

Did you try to connect from local? 2 things:

  • You need to whitelist the IP address for your localhost in the mongo cloud
  • whitelist heroku (not sure how that works. Its been a while. There will be docs somewhere)

Another thing is that its best to create a db via mongo cloud and assign a role for Meteor to connect to it and the oplog of that replica set

I whitelist all connexions for now (

Connecting and inserting datas from local, with mongo shell, is ok.

Running (from my local bash shell)

sudo heroku config:set MONGO_URL=”mongodb+srv://”

generates errors and stop meteor app starting process on Heroku.

I’ll check for Heroku and dig error logs.

Thx @cloudspider

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Here we go :grinning:

Problem was that MONGO_URL var don’t accept assignement with “” (quotation mark).

This is the way to do that (without quotation mark):

sudo heroku config:set MONGO_URL=mongodb+srv://<DbUsername>:<DbPassword><database>?retryWrites=true&w=majority

Thx to everybody and special love to @cloudspider :blush:


Aw haha. That’s those little details that consumes our time! Great that it works now!

Sorry for my late reply to this thread. I also want to know more about this meteor hosting. Can you please help me here?

Meteor Cloud has a free tier and is the easiest way to deploy a Meteor app, free MongoDB included :wink:

You can use Push to Deploy to setup deployment directly from your repository commits: Push To Deploy | Galaxy Docs


FWIW, I wasted so much development time over the years with my self-hosting of Meteor, and while I’m happy with where I’m at now, if I could do it all over again I think I’d have been better off just going with Meteor Cloud. (Although in my defense, it’s a better offering now than it was when I started.)

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You can also take a look at Railway paired with Mongo Atlas and see if it’s a good fit for you.