Does the Digital Ocean Console from the Droplet Access tab ever timeout?

Posted June 21, 2020 1k views
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Does the Digital Ocean Console (from the Droplet Access page) ever timeout or will it stay connected continuously even after I close my browser? (The reason I ask is because I have an app running on my Droplet, in the background).

Using SSH to access the terminal from my desktop, requires I keep the terminal open on in order for it to continue running.

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Hello, @adrianlotta

The Droplet console provides out-of-band access and is available regardless of your network settings. It emulates the access you would have if you were sitting down with a keyboard and monitor attached to the actual server. You can use this feature to log in and revert bad settings to regain normal access.

You can check our official docs for the console here:

You will usually use the console if you can’t access your droplet using ssh via a ssh client and it’s usually the last resort option when it comes to troubleshooting.

If you’re executing a command using the terminal on your local machine you can simply execute the command in screen session or execute/start the command in the background. In this way even if your terminal is closed the command/script will still be running.

Hope this helps!