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Web hosting options for Ruby on Rails applications

I need a ruby script I wrote to run periodically (everyday) but I dont want to run it on my computer, depending on it being on, etc...

Does anyone know of a free, or very cheap, hosting service that would allow me to do this? I dont need to host any front end or anything, just the script.


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Depending on what your requirements are, Heroku is free. You would need to run the code in the context of a rails app though. Looks like daily cron is free.

  • So do you think I could just install a barebones Rails app in Heroku, put the script on there and configure cron to run it? Is it not possible to upload standalone files to heroku?
    – 0al0
    Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 12:26
  • Yes, you can install a bare bones rails app and have cron run Ruby code daily that you upload to Heroku. Here is the documentation for setting up a cron job on Heroku: devcenter.heroku.com/articles/cron
    – seph
    Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 17:34