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Can a droplet not have a public ip address ?

I am using Terraform to build droplets but wish to build them without public addresses so my access to them thru ssh is only thru a bastion server which has a public address.

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Hi @glenndaughenbaugh,

There are two possibilities as I see it. The first is to use your Iptables firewall and remove access on any port. An example can be see here:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-isolate-servers-within-a-private-network-using-iptables#identify-interface-port-access-requirements

Alternatively, you can rename your interface on your Droplet that’s related to your Public address and leave your Private address only. This has been discussed here

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/questions/disable-public-ip-address-on-droplet