Load Balancers

DigitalOcean Load Balancers are a fully managed, highly available network load balancing service. Load balancers distribute traffic to groups of Droplets, which prevents the health of a backend service from depending on the health of a single server.

Quickstarts and intermediate tutorials to get started.
How to accomplish specific tasks in detail, like creation/deletion, configuration, and management.
API and CLI reference documentation for managing Load Balancers, including example requests and available parameters.
Explanations and definitions of core concepts in Load Balancers.
Features, plans and pricing, availability, limits, known issues, and more.
Get help with technical support and answers to frequently asked questions.

Latest Updates

24 January 2023

  • We have deprecated our legacy load balancer scaling system in all datacenter regions. This includes the deprecation of the do-loadbalancer-size-slug annotation for DigitalOcean Kubernetes load balancers.

    Horizontal scaling is now available in all regions.

6 December 2022

  • You can now customize the amount of time a load balancer allows HTTP connections to remain idle before closing it. The maximum amount time you can set is 600 seconds (10 minutes).

    Setting a custom time out length has no effect on HTTPS and HTTP/2 forwarding rules using TLS passthrough.

30 November 2022

For more information, see all Load Balancers release notes.