# 👋🏾 Welcome to Chevereto!
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If you are new to Chevereto welcome aboard and enjoy the ride. If you know about Chevereto, welcome back!
# Get started in 5 minutes
# What is Chevereto?
Chevereto is a self-hosted multi-user, full-featured media hosting solution. It can be used to create a myriad of applications or to empower existing systems, all around the concept of users hosting and interacting with media content.
# Use cases
Chevereto on its core provides an image hosting service that you can configure to use it in different contexts. It is a turnkey system with many applications, including:
- Image host/sharing service
- Image-based sharing communities
- Image-driven portfolios
- Photography showcase
- Asset image storage
Chevereto could be used to build your store's gallery, a client portfolio, manage thousand of media assets and more. From a simple media gallery up to end-users interacting with each-other, Chevereto can leverage all the load of the media sharing layer for your project.
The point of Chevereto is that it handles very large image collections and is optimized for network usage. Chevereto has been designed to provide image hosting and sharing at large scale.
Chevereto began in 2007 as a self-hosted alternative to ImageShack. It started as one-click image hosting service and here we are. You can learn the complete history releases.chevereto.com (opens new window)
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