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Can I setup firewall for my Apps?

Hi, I am just wondering how to setup firewall for my Apps? Thanks.


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alexdo
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July 10, 2023

Heya,

There are firewalls for the DigitalOcean App Platform, however these firewalls are managed internally and provide protection to your app against any security threats. It allows only platform-level and app-level processes to communicate with your app and blocks any unauthorized or unrecognized processes.

Please note that you cannot manually configure these firewalls as they are managed and maintained by DigitalOcean.

For more information on DigitalOcean’s App Platform’s security features, you can visit the App Platform documentation.

Hope that this helps!

Bobby Iliev
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July 9, 2023

Hey @josephyan,

What you would usually do is to expose only the services that you want to be accessible, and define all of the other services as internal services. That way the internal services will not be accessible externally and you would not need a firewall to protect them. You can follow the steps on how to do that here:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/app-platform/how-to/manage-services/#create-an-internal-service

If you would still be interested in seeing a firewall option with the App Platform, the best thing to do to get your voice heard regarding this would be to head over to our Product Ideas board and post a new idea, including as much information as possible for what you’d like to see implemented.

https://ideas.digitalocean.com/

Alternatively, if a firewall is mandatory for your setup, you could migrate your app to a Droplet instead where you could use a Cloud Firewall:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/networking/firewalls/

Hope that helps!

- Bobby.

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