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Hugging Face Spaces


If you want to use dstack alone, it's enough to start the Hub server locally using the dstack start command. It will allow you to run dev environments, pipelines, and apps both locally and in the cloud.

However, if you want to work as a team and manage cloud credentials in a more secure way, you may consider deploying the Hub server as a Hugging Face Space.

Create a space


Before creating a Hugging Face Space, make sure you're logged in to Hugging Face.

The easiest way to create a Space to run dstack is duplicating the dstackai/dstack-template Space template by clicking the button below.

Create a Space

Configure the settings

Once the space is created, click on Settings and proceed to configure the visibility and secrets of the space.


Ensure that the visibility of the space is set to Public. This is a requirement for the dstack CLI to access the Hub server APIs. Rest assured, the Hub server has its own authentication system and will only allow registered users to access it.



If you want to configure the value of the default token for the admin user, add the DSTACK_HUB_ADMIN_TOKEN secret with the required value.

If you don't do that, dstack will generate it randomly and print it to the Logs.

Persisting state

If you want the space to maintain the state across restarts, you need to add the secrets that instruct dstack to persist the state in a cloud object storage of your choice.

  • LITESTREAM_REPLICA_URL - The url of the cloud object storage. Examples: s3://<bucket-name>/<path>, gcs://<bucket-name>/<path>, abs://<storage-account>@<container-name>/<path>, etc.

To persist state into an AWS S3 bucket, provide the following environment variables:

  • AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID - The AWS access key ID
  • AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY - The AWS secret access key
GCP Storage

To persist state into an AWS S3 bucket, provide one of the following environment variables:

  • GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS - The path to the GCP service account key JSON file
Azure Blob Storage

To persist state into an Azure blog storage, provide the following environment variable.

  • LITESTREAM_AZURE_ACCOUNT_KEY - The Azure storage account key

Once the settings are configured, you can restart the space and log in as an administrator. From there, you can create users, projects, and configure the dstack CLI. This allows you to collaborate as a team, running development environments, pipelines, and apps securely and conveniently in the cloud without the need to host the Hub server yourself.