MangaDex@Home is a P2P (peer-to-peer) system where users will be able to volunteer the usage of either their personal computers or servers to act as cache server nodes to alleviate the stress on our own cache servers. Over time, we envisage that the majority, if not all, of the older chapters will be served by MangaDex@Home.

You will be hosting a client that acts as a P2P system for older chapters. Basically, your machine will act as a server where a tiny portion of older MangaDex chapters will be stored and when a reader wants to read an older chapter, it will be "fetched" from your machine and served to the reader. If you're familiar with torrenting, it is very similar: torrents work by sharing parts of the whole file to other torrent clients in order to ensure download stability and faster speeds.

Since your machine will basically function as a server for MD, we are asking only people who meet or exceed the following criteria run a MangaDex@Home client for now:

  • An IPv4 address (static or dynamic).
  • A minimum network speed of 40Mbps up/down.
  • A minimum of 40GB of dedicated storage space, preferably more.
  • 24/7 availability (This means the machine must be *on* 24/7).

You will be expected to provide an up to date result on request to validate your specs as part of the application process, whether you are in the initial batch or later on.

Note that if you are concerned about the legality of hosting MangaDex's content, consider renting a dedicated server or a virtual private server (VPS) and installing the MangaDex@Home client there. If you still have concerns about legality, we suggest that you do not host the MangaDex@Home client at all.