Can You Use the API to Create WordPress or Rails Droplets

  • Posted on December 15, 2014
  • chrism85Asked by chrism85


I’ve searched around for this answer and come up short, which either means it’s not possible or it’s not a popular discussion.

Using the API, I am wondering if you’re able to create a Droplet using one of the |1-Click Apps" you have.

So for instance, I want to spin up a Droplet, using the API that will have WordPress or Rails installed on it and ready to go from the start (so not installation required on my part)

Look forward to a reply.


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You can definitely launch One-Click applications via the API. Each public image has a “slug” that you can use to launch an image. You can also filter the list of images to only show application images:

curl -X GET -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
    -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$TOKEN'' \

That will provide you with a list of images like:

    "min_disk_size": 20,
    "created_at": "2014-09-28T21:34:48Z",
    "regions": [
    "public": true,
    "slug": "wordpress",
    "distribution": "Ubuntu",
    "name": "WordPress on 14.04",
    "id": 6423475

Here you see that the image’s slug is “wordpress” To launch a WordPress droplet, you can run:

curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
    -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$TOKEN'' -d \
    '{"name":"","region":"nyc3","size":"2gb","image":"wordpress"}' \

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There’s no difference between creating a droplet from say a Debian image or a Wordpress image. It’s the same API call.