Droplets

DigitalOcean Droplets are Linux-based virtual machines (VMs) that run on top of virtualized hardware. Each Droplet you create is a new server you can use, either standalone or as part of a larger, cloud-based infrastructure.


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Latest Updates

20 September 2022

  • When you create a Droplet using the API (POST /v2/droplets), you can now specify a region (like NYC) instead of a specific datacenter (like NYC3). The API then creates your Droplet in any available datacenter within your specified region. For example, if you want to create a Droplet in San Francisco, you can use the region sfo to guarantee that the Droplet will be in SFO1, SFO2, or SFO3. Additionally, you can omit the region entirely (or set it to an empty string) to create a Droplet in any available region.

18 August 2022

12 July 2022

  • The DigitalOcean API now supports listing Droplets by name by using the name query parameter, as in GET /v2/droplets?name="your_droplet_name". Learn more in the API documentation.

For more information, see all Droplets release notes.