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

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.

7 July 2022

  • Fedora 34 has reached its end of life. Per our image deprecation policy, you can now only deploy the Fedora 34 image via the API. We will remove the Fedora 34 image from the platform on 7 August 2022.

1 July 2022

  • The following pricing changes are now in effect:

    • A new $4 Droplet with 512MB of memory, 10GB of storage, 1 vCPU, and 500GB of outbound data transfer is now available in NYC1, FRA1, SFO3, SGP1, and AMS3. The slug is s-1vcpu-512mb-10gb.

    • We have simplified pricing for DigitalOcean Kubernetes and some Managed Databases for better accuracy and predictibility.

    • The prices of Droplets, Snapshots, Load Balancers, Reserved IPs, and Custom Images have increased.

    There is no change to pricing for Spaces, backups, volumes, DigitalOcean Container Registry, or App Platform. There are also no changes to inbound data transfer or bandwidth pricing.

    This is our first major price change in 10 years, and we believe the new model better fits our understanding of our customers and the expanded breadth of our offerings. For a more detailed breakdown of the changes, see our blog post on our new pricing.

For more information, see all Droplets release notes.