Copy a droplet to an existing droplet

Posted March 5, 2019 4k views
StorageUbuntu 18.04

Hi, we have an two existing droplets on our account and would like to copy one to the other one to make an exact copy. Thanks!

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You can just snapshot the existing droplet and create a new one using that snapshot. The new droplet will be a clone of older one. :D

  • The droplet already exists so this option won’t work for us. Thanks anyways.

    • It’s still possible with the use of Floating IPs to avoid DNS interruption. This would be an easier way compared to manual rsync or scp where you will need to copy over each directory/file.

I an assuming that when you say that you would like to make a copy of the droplet, that you are trying to have exact copies of applications (programs), configuration files, and the data.... My first thought when i saw this question was Rsync over ssh between 2 dropleets. Rsync: is a “utility for efficiently transferring and synchronizing files across networked computers by comparing the modification times and sizes of files. It is commonly found on Unix-like operating systems. The Rs algorithm is a type of delta encoding, and is used for minimizing network usage”