August 23, 2012


The DigitalOcean Control Panel

DigitalOcean strives to have an incredibly easy-to-use web hosting control panel. The following overview should provide a quick guide to the various functions of the user interface.

Server Options

When clicking on a droplet name in the control panel, you have a variety of options for working with or modifying your server.

Here is an explanation for each one:


powercycle Power Cycle: Power Cycling is another method of restarting the server. Power Cycle performs a hard shut down of the server, turning it off abruptly, and then starts it up again.

Power Off: Power Off turns the server off abruptly (in contrast to the slower Shutdown option)


Access Console access: This option loads a HTML5 viewer that allows you to access your server from the browser.

Reset Root Password: If you forget or have an issue with your root password, you can have a new root password sent to your email. Once you login with your new root password, you can change it with the passwd command to whatever you prefer.


resize You can resize the droplet RAM by first powering down the server and then selecting the RAM size that you prefer. This process only changes the RAM—the disk size remains the same. You can resize the disk space by spinning up a new server off of the original image.


snapshots Snapshots: Using snapshots, you can create a copy of server as it looks at the current point. You can later restore your server from a specific snapshot or use the snapshot when spinning up a new droplet to make the new server match a previous one.
When taking snapshots, the server must be shut down. It will be automatically booted up once the snapshot has completed.


backups You can enable Backups to take automated, regular snapshots of your droplet during off peak hours.

Backups do not power down the server.


Settings Kernel: You can use the kernel section of the settings tab to change the kernel associated with your server.

Rename: You can also use the rename function within the settings tab. This not only changes the name of your server but, if set up as a domain name, also acts the server's PTR record.

Destroy Destroy: Destroy can be used if you need to dispose of a droplet altogether. Once a server is destroyed, any data on the server that was not backed up is no longer available. However, data that was preserved in snapshots can be recalled as a server image when making a new server.

Rebuild: Rebuild starts the server off from scratch: whatever changes you made since the server was spun up are gone. Although the server size will remain the same, you can restore to a different base OS or snapshot in the account.

Account Options

In addition to the individual Server options, you can also make general account changes with control panel sidebar. sidebar


The Images section lets you view both the automated backups and the server snapshots you took, as well as take new snapshots of any of your servers. All of the images can then be used to replicate server settings on any fresh droplets you spin up.

SSH Keys

SSH Keys allow you to log into your droplet from the machine of your choice without a password. In fact with SSH keys, you can eliminate the need for a password altogether. All of your SSH keys are displayed in the SSH keys section where you can add more keys or destroy existing ones. You can find information on how to generate SSH keys here.


Under the billing tab you can see you see all of your monthly invoices, view the history of your account, and edit your credit card information.


If you have any issues with your droplets or account, you can use the support tab to contact DigitalOcean and get the situation resolved quickly.


The DNS manager allows you to set up and maintain your domains. You can find more information here on setting up a hostname.


You can access the API from the control panel, as well as get the API credentials. This article explains how to use the API in a little more detail.

Settings [the cog]

In addition to letting you change any of your general account details, the settings tab has options to set up two factor authentication for your account and contains the details of the referral program.

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  • Gravatar edan.brooke about 1 year

    Stop spamming...

  • Gravatar Matt Stephens about 1 year

    Wow...Lots of spam

  • Gravatar zuterfly 10 months

    can you host a minecraft server on this server?

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 10 months

    @zuterfly yes - we have an article on setting up a minecraft server:

  • Gravatar darknquiet 9 months

    What would I need to run a VB forum? DO you guys set up firewalls and other security?

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 9 months

    @darknquiet the easiest way of installing vBulletin is by setting up a LAMP stack and extracting the files and going through the installation wizard. We do not set up any firewalls, your droplet is an unmanaged VPS so you have to take care of that yourself.

  • Gravatar nikola.vidovic 8 months

    All your servers are VPS ?

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 8 months


  • Gravatar 7 months

    i am curious to ask whether the panel can be used to admin email system and others like IPdeny manager,etc like Cpanel?or does DigitOcean has something similar as Cpanel to use easy for admin?

  • Gravatar crocha09.09 7 months

    Hi, I can deactive droplets not to consume? what is de way for that?

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 7 months

    @crocha09.09: You can take a snapshot of your droplet and destroy the droplet afterwards.

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 7 months

    @unnamed: We offer unmanaged VPSes and not shared hosting (completely different from what cPanel offers).

  • Gravatar josephdickens87 7 months

    is it possible to configure RDNS with these through the control panel?

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 7 months

    @josephdickens87: Yes, rDNS is automatically set to your droplet's hostname (as long as it is a valid FQDN). You can rename your droplet from the Settings tab.

  • Gravatar Santiago Gonzalez 6 months

    Are you planning to offer cPanel licence on a near future? Thanks!

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 6 months

    @Santiago: We are currently not planning to offer cPanel licenses.

  • Gravatar it 6 months

    Do you provide Tomcat sever installation free for Java Servlet Web Hosting? What about MySQL?

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 6 months

    @it: We offer unmanaged VPS services so you will have to install any software you need yourself.

  • Gravatar L Jones 6 months

    I name each new droplet as FQDN, but I also need a descriptive name to manage droplets. If I "Rename" a droplet, adding a space and text, what specifically changes that "updates ... the automatically generated PTR record"? Or, must I request a new droplet second text field feature? A snapshot image can have a very long name, which is useful. What happens if a droplet is given a long name beginning with FQDN and space?

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 5 months

    @L: Renaming a droplet does not allow you to add spaces so you will not be able to do that. You can vote for

  • Gravatar webdeveloper 5 months

    Do you offer an API to programmatically add subdomains?

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 5 months

    @webdeveloper: Yes, see

  • Gravatar bappadityamishra 4 months

    why there is no option to ad another ipv4 , which is very much essential for cpanel and ssl installation ?

  • Gravatar Pablo of 4 months

    @bappadityamishra: You can vote for this feature on DigitalOcean's Customer Feedback Forum: More IPs.

  • Gravatar www05website 4 months

    how to host domain sir, means there is any column of DNS how can i use that

  • Gravatar Kamal Nasser 4 months

    @www05website: What kind of app do you want to host? We have a plethora of articles that should help you get a website running in no time:

  • Gravatar chriscanham1 4 months

    Can I use this to run a litecoin Daemon?

  • Gravatar knonamomo 3 months

    شكرا لك أخي

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