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Can I use a snapshot to create a local VM?

Is it possible to download a snapshot of a droplet, and use that to set up my own VM locally with say, VIrtual Box?

It would greatly simplify some testing stuff for me, so that I can upload it back to DO only when I’m ready.

Regards, Tanmai

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Hello,

Unfortunately, you cannot currently download DigitalOcean backups or snapshots.

As an alternative, you can back up data locally using third-party tools like rsync or SFTP.

It is currently one of the most popular user suggestions on the DigitalOcean Ideas board, you can vote for this feature at https://ideas.digitalocean.com/ideas/DO-I-2423

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

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http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/132797/how-to-dd-a-remote-disk-using-ssh-on-local-machine-and-save-to-a-local-disk

If your intent is to backup a remote computer’s HDD A via SSH to a single file that’s on your local computer’s HDD, you could do one of the following…

run from local computer

$ ssh user@remote "dd if=/dev/sda | gzip -1 -" | dd of=image.gz