Ask HN: Would you pay for a SaaS even if its open source and can be selfhosted?

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  • backgroundremover

    Background Remover lets you Remove Background from images and video using AI with a simple command line interface that is free and open source.

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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  • AnonAddy

    Anonymous email forwarding

    I use anonaddy [0] because it's open source and self-hostable [1]. I don't have to worry about the service going under or jumping the shark, since I can always just self-host it on my own hardware and import my config should that happen. Of course I'd much prefer to pay someone else to run it, especially in the case of mail servers where self-hosting is notoriously tedious.

    [0] https://anonaddy.com/

  • ntfy

    Send push notifications to your phone or desktop using PUT/POST

    I maintain an open source push notification service called ntfy [1]. It's 100% open source, but I have recently started offering ntfy Pro, a paid SaaS offering.

    I am telling you it's super hard to get people to pay for it. It may be because the free tier is too generous, or because I don't aggressively push or market it, but most likely it's because people can just selfhost it. I have 25k active daily users for the free tier, and probably hundreds or thousands of selfhosted installations, yet as of today, I have only 20 paying subscribers. It's quite brutal.

    The worst part is that ever since I started offering paid subscriptions, donations have reduced and new donations have pretty much stopped, because people think I'm making bank with the paid stuff.

    I know this doesn't answer your question, but it gives you the perspective you may be actually seeking. It's definitely hard to pull off.

    [1] https://ntfy.sh/

  • Joplin

    Joplin - the secure note taking and to-do app with synchronisation capabilities for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

  • Bitwarden

    Bitwarden infrastructure/backend (API, database, Docker, etc). (by bitwarden)

  • SaaSHub

    SaaSHub - Software Alternatives and Reviews. SaaSHub helps you find the best software and product alternatives

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