Alternative to @reboot on droplet creation


I want to create a droplet via API, run some tasks, then destroy it.

I was intending to run the tasks via a @reboot in crontab but this isn’t working, presumably because it isn’t technically a reboot (it does work if I reboot it immediately after creating it).

What alternative should I use? I need to run a .sh bash file I created.

Any ideas?


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You can use Cloud Init user data to pass either a bash script or a cloud-config file to the Droplet. See these tutorials for more info:

This is also accessible through the API. Here’s an example of passing user data through the control panel:

screenshot of the control panel

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