Load Balancers

DigitalOcean Load Balancers are a fully-managed, highly available network load balancing service. Load balancers distribute traffic to groups of Droplets, which decouples the overall health of a backend service from the health of a single server to ensure that your services stay online.


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Latest Updates

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

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 Load Balancers release notes.