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Sandstorm is a secure, easy to use platform for self-hosting web applications


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Dan Connolly

$108 USD since Jan 2020

Jim Garrison

$80 USD since Jun 2021

Sönke Klimenko

$50 USD since Apr 2020

Jacob Weisz

$40 USD since Jan 2020


Fund OSS

$5,263 USD since Jun 2021

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Dan Connolly

Core Contributor

$108 USD

Jacob Weisz


$40 USD

Lyre Calliope

Core Contributor

Fund OSS

$5,263 USD


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Today’s balance

$2,539.94 USD

Total raised

$4,971.47 USD

Total disbursed

$2,431.53 USD

Estimated annual budget

$5,364.04 USD


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News from Sandstorm Community

Updates on our activities and progress.

The Sandstorm Community is participating in FundOSS!

Hey everyone, Since GitHub's matching program ended, we've been trying to keep an eye out for any funding opportunities that we might be able to take advantage of. One such opportunity presented itself a few months ago via Open Source Colle...
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Published on June 3, 2021 by Jacob Weisz

Initializing OpenCollective...

Since the beginning of this year, the Sandstorm community has found renewed energy and active development of the platfor...
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Published on March 15, 2020 by Lyre Calliope


Let’s get the discussion going! This is a space for the community to converse, ask questions, say thank you, and get things done together.


Published on January 19, 2020 by Adam Bliss

Whats all this then

What do ya'll think of this so far?

Published on January 15, 2020 by Lyre Calliope

I'm taking screenshots of this thing as I'm setting it up. I saw a button somewhere for changing this editor to a markdown editor. Gonna click that.



Sandstorm is a web app hosting platform which prioritizes security and ease of use. It is designed to bring the convenience of cloud-based web apps onto a self-hosted platform. Users can install applications as easily as they install apps on their smartphone, and share and collaborate with other users easily. Sandstorm is designed to be easy to stand up and administrate as well, including support for automatically configured free dynamic DNS addresses and Let’s Encrypt certificates. Sandstorm can work well for personal use, small family or social groups, and organizations.

However, where Sandstorm really stands apart from other platforms in the app hosting and virtualization spaces is its approach to security. Unlike many other container-based app platforms, Sandstorm handles all of the authentication, access, and security at a granular level. Apps packaged for Sandstorm are not containerized per app, but per document, or “grain”, as Sandstorm refers to individual instances of each application. In the case of a spreadsheet application such as EtherCalc, each spreadsheet is hosted in a separate secure container, started and stopped on demand.

In practice, apps packaged for Sandstorm are often more secure than the same exact apps running on their own, or within another hosting platform, as access to one document cannot be exploited to access another document, as can commonly occur with security flaws in conventional web applications. Most vulnerabilities in packaged apps simply do not apply to their Sandstorm counterparts.

Sandstorm was launched via a crowdfunding campaign in 2014, operated as a startup until it spun down in 2017, and has continued as an actively-maintained community project since then. The Sandstorm community is looking to raise funds to support continued development of new features and additional app packaging efforts.

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Dan Connolly

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Lyre Calliope

Core Contributor