Creating docker swarm droplets with Digital Ocean API using Docker for Windows on W10 Pro?

Hi DO Community,

I’m new to DO & creating docker swarms, just getting to grips with the DO API and noticed a large amount of information around using docker-machine using the older local docker-machine.exe.

I’m trying to create a new docker swarm but using “docker service create…” instead of docker-machine.

I have a token and can create using the docker-machine approach as per the following tutorial, but i am unable to create droplets in a similar fashion using my main Docker version on Windows 10 Pro using Powershell.


I believe the docker command should be something along the lines of:

docker service create \
--name swarm_0 \
--hostname swarm_0_master \
--replicas 3 \
--digitalocean-image centos-7-x64 \
--digitalocean-access-token $TOKEN

Any pointers appreciated.


  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Docker for Windows Version 17.09.0-ce-win33 (13620)
  • Git Bash
  • PuTTY & PuTTYgen
  • Powershell
  • Hyper-V

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You can follow these step by step guide on how to create a cluster of Docker containers with Docker Swarm and DigitalOcean:

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby