Digital Ocean Load Balancer Firewall

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I have tried adding --allowlist cidr in the Load Balancer firewall but my app is not running, there should be something that cannot be accessed.

I suspect I haven’t added the internal IP droplet but when I added CIDR’ the error Firewall rule containing CIDR '' is invalid"appears. I added --alowlist internal ip DO also doesn’t work. Please help me. thank you

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Bobby Iliev
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December 21, 2023


Cloud Firewalls in DigitalOcean are designed to manage external access to your droplets and typically don’t support CIDR ranges that are reserved for private networks, like,, and This could explain why you’re encountering the error message “firewall rule containing cidr ‘’ is invalid”.

DigitalOcean’s Cloud Firewalls are stateful and network-based, and they block all traffic not expressly permitted by a rule. Unfortunately, they may not be the right tool for managing internal traffic between droplets or services within a private network. For internal traffic management, you might need to use a different approach, such as configuring iptables or ufw directly on your Droplets.

Regarding the allowlisting of Cloudflare IPs, if your application is not working properly after this configuration, there could be various reasons. It might be due to other firewall rules that are conflicting or due to issues unrelated to the firewall settings, such as application configuration or network issues.

Did you try allowing all of the IPn ranges from that Cloudflare page?

If you need to manage access between your Droplets internally, consider setting up firewall rules directly on the droplets themselves using iptables or ufw. This approach allows for more granular control over internal traffic.



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