doctl compute volume create

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doctl compute volume create <volume-name> [flags]




Creates a block storage volume on your account.

You can use flags to specify the volume size, region, description, filesystem type, tags, and to create a volume from an existing volume snapshot.

Use the doctl compute volume-action attach <volume-id> <droplet-id> command to attach a new volume to a Droplet.


The following example creates a 4TiB volume named example-volume in the nyc1 region. The command also applies two tags to the volume:

doctl compute volume create example-volume --region nyc1 --size 4TiB --tag frontend,backend


Option Description
--desc A description of the volume
--format Columns for output in a comma-separated list. Possible values: ID, Name, Size, Region, Filesystem Type, Filesystem Label, DropletIDs, Tags.
--fs-label The volume’s filesystem label
--fs-type The volume’s filesystem type: ext4 or xfs. If not specified, the volume is left unformatted
--help , -h Help for this command
--no-header Return raw data with no headers
Default: false
--region The volume’s region. Not compatible with the --snapshot flag
--size Volume size (required)
Default: 4TiB
--snapshot Creates a volume from the specified snapshot ID. Not compatible with the --region flag
--tag A comma-separated list of tags to apply to the volume. For example, --tag frontend or --tag frontend,backend
Command Description
doctl compute volume Display commands to manage block storage volumes

Global Flags

Option Description
--access-token, -t API V2 access token
--api-url, -u Override default API endpoint
--config, -c Specify a custom config file
  • macOS: ${HOME}/Library/Application Support/doctl/config.yaml
  • Linux: ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/doctl/config.yaml
  • Windows: %APPDATA%\doctl\config.yaml
--context Specify a custom authentication context name
--http-retry-max Set maximum number of retries for requests that fail with a 429 or 500-level error
Default: 5
--http-retry-wait-max Set the minimum number of seconds to wait before retrying a failed request
Default: 30
--http-retry-wait-min Set the maximum number of seconds to wait before retrying a failed request
Default: 1
--interactive Enable interactive behavior. Defaults to true if the terminal supports it (default false)
Default: false
--output, -o Desired output format [text|json]
Default: text
--trace Show a log of network activity while performing a command
Default: false
--verbose, -v Enable verbose output
Default: false