Ente open sources their server


Furthermore, an audit of their server code was realized. See https://ente.io/reports/Fallible-Audit-Report-19-04-2023.pdf

Proposal of change of Ente description:

ente is an end-to-end encrypted photo backup service which supports automatic backups on iOS and Android. *Their code is fully open-source, both on the client side and on the server side, so it is self-hostable. It underwent an audit by Cure53 in March 2023 and by Faillible in April 2023.

Github issue

Edit: removing mention of it being self-hostable. While technically true, they mention in their Github that help will not be provided for self-hosting issues and they also mention other technical caveats. Furthermore, their apps do not support choosing different servers. So for now, while technically possible, very difficult to actually self-host.


Imp. Point- Both Ente Photos and Ente Auth use the same server (intentionally).

Self hosting isn’t that hard due to it just being a Dockerfile, but their apps currently don’t allow setting custom servers Allow for custom server for frontend apps · ente-io/ente · Discussion #504 · GitHub

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There’s a note on the server readme about self hosting:


Thanks @jerm for the clarification on the docker files.

Ente did mention that :

Currently you have to pass a flag at build time to configure the endpoint, but there’s a discussion[4] to add an option in-app instead.

Source : Hacker News thread Ente: Open-Source, E2E Encrypted, Google Photos Alternative | Hacker News

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