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.
We offer five different kinds of Droplet plans: one shared CPU plan and four dedicated CPU plans.
|Basic (Regular and Premium)||Shared||1 - 8||1 - 16 GB RAM|
|General Purpose||Dedicated||2 - 40||8 - 160 GB RAM
4 GB RAM / vCPU
|CPU-Optimized||Dedicated||2 - 32||4 - 64 GB
2 GB RAM / vCPU
|Memory-Optimized||Dedicated||2 - 32||16 - 256 GB RAM
8 GB RAM / vCPU
|Storage-Optimized||Dedicated||2 - 32||16 - 256 GB RAM
8 GB RAM / vCPU
150 - 225 GB SSD / vCPU
Basic Droplets come in Regular and Premium versions. Premium Droplets are guaranteed to use the newest CPUs we have and NVMe SSDs.
Learn more about shared CPU vs. dedicated CPU, CPU details for Premium Droplets, and the best use cases for each kind of plan in Choosing the Right Droplet Plan. You can view all available Droplet plans on the pricing page.
Droplets are billed hourly with a minimum charge of one hour. If you create a Droplet and destroy it less than an hour later, you will still be charged the minimum charge.
Each Droplet includes free outbound data transfer, starting at 1000 GiB/month and scaling up. Outbound data transfer is shared between all Droplets each billing cycle. Additional transfer is billed at $0.01 per GiB, but most users don’t exceed the amount included with their Droplets.
You can view your accumulated monthly transfer allowance on your account’s billing page in the Droplet transfer section. For an in-depth description of how data transfer accrual works, read our detailed bandwidth billing page.