Chirp stack running in the cloud as a server with the same characteristics of the local server

Hi everyone.
Excuse me, do you know if I can upload the cirpstack server and packet forwarder to the cloud and only use a gateway to receive LoRa packets?

packet forwarder - an integral part of the gateway, other components can be in the cloud

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And to run the packet forwarder, will I always need a raspberry?
Can you suggest a link please to guide me regarding uploading the server to the cloud, I’m new in this

What do you mean for “upload in the cloud”? There’s a lot of possibilities to do that:

  • ECS on aws
  • kubernetes
  • single instances managed by you

to run packet forwarder you need gateway as is. packet forwarder always included. What kind of gw youre plan to use?

At the moment I have installed chirpstack on the raspberry, so I want to suppress the use of the raspberry, and use the cloud. But if there is no way to put the packet forwarder in the cloud as well, then I would be forced to use the raspberry. Is this correct? please

I’m using a HTM01 of Heltec. To configure the global.json I need the raspberry, or there is other method to pass the lora packet to the gateway bridge?, please

I’m new in this field, I’m Telecommunications. Please can you help me with a link or information to read, and do it.

It is not a complete gateway, you still need a host/raspberry-pi

Yes.Can you please suggest any gateway that is complete…

it depends on where you are going to use it and many other factors. There are many kinds of LoRaWAN gateways.

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Since it sounds like you are new to LoRaWAN, I would suggest starting with ChirpStack running via docker-compose:

It will allow you to get a stack up and running with a single command.

You will need to bring your own gateway with Semtech UDP packet forwarder.


I have used (and struggled) with a couple of gateways. By far the easiest and my favorite Gateway to work on is the Wifx Lorix One ( with their new LORIX OS (, which has the chirpstack gateway bridge already installed.

My cloud server setup was done in Azure, by following the chirpstack quickstart guide for Azure (
Just a note on Azure, it is not cheap once your free services expire. Something like $15 for postgres, $15 for redis, $15 for a VM. The service bus and IOT Hub is not that expensive if the utilization is low. Also, none of the required services is supported in my closest azure data centre so the delay for response messages exceeded the default timeout and I missed most of my downlink messages.