Downloading snapshots into local machines

The text below was posted on March 18, 2013. I am pretty sure Digital Ocean has created a way to download snapshot in a local machine at this point. I would like to receive a step by step tutorial do do this procedure. Thank you very much.

“2. Snapshot and Backup Downloads Customers have already been requesting that we provide a way for them to directly download their snapshots and backups so they can store them locally and allow for data portability. We will be implementing this as soon as possible. While this may seem like a trivial item to add, the complexity in rolling out this feature is to ensure security in the rollout because data will need to be made available from the backend NAS systems (which are completely off of the public network currently).”


I’m also waiting on the answer to this question…

Yes!!! This is what I am waiting for :)

cough update please.

Any news on this?

Bonjour, avez-vous une mis a jour sur telechargement notre snapshots? Merci beaucoup.

Please add this feature - I know there are other ways of accomplishing this, but downloading snapshot images would be a very nice addition to an already great service.

hey? what’s the update on this one?

This would be nice to have…

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If your intent is to backup a remote computer’s HDD A via SSH to a single file that’s on your local computer’s HDD, you could do one of the following…

run from local computer

$ ssh user@remote "dd if=/dev/sda | gzip -1 -" | dd of=image.gz

Will this policy change with the new snapshot policy of having to pay to store them?

Issue is now 5 years old … and its gone from “This is hard, because security” through to “no, we are not going to do it, ever.”.

Adding a “User Vote” page to get feedback - get a lot of feedback - ignore feedback - remove “User Vote” page.

I can see that this is good for DO, but not that good for users. I can see where DO is coming from in a way … you can see their point of view quite clearly if you make the assumption that users don’t know what they are doing, and need to be “protected” from themselves.

Ah well, solution is pretty simple

  1. migrate droplets to a more techy-friendly environment that doesn’t treat users like kindergarten subjects.
  2. delete droplets
  3. close account

This makes no sense…if someone hack the account and destroy all your backups there is no way to recover it. I don’t know why they don’t have this simple option to download the backups just for extra security.

Anyone downloaded a droplet and installed on his local server, kinda a clone environment for testing?

Same here… moving on because of the shift in policy on snapshots and the inability to download them to our own storage. Also feeling like the new block storage pricing is a missed opportunity. To price it so highly means it can’t fulfill our needs, which is affordable local-to-the-droplet storage.


Unfortunately, you cannot currently download DigitalOcean backups or snapshots.

As an alternative, you can back up data locally using third-party tools like rsync or SFTP.

It is currently one of the most popular user suggestions on the DigitalOcean Ideas board, you can vote for this feature at

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

Can we please see some progress on this issue? I have Droplets running only for the purpose of saving snapshots to be able to use them for the creation of new Droplets in the future.

I love the hell outta digital ocean but this is really one sided thinking, this is why I have less than 1 GB stored in my DO acct at any one time, because the development end has to happen on my storage media, otherwise it physically belongs to Digital Ocean!

If devs had the opportunity to swap up and down stream with there DO accts I bet DO storage business would triple. Anyhow spinnup a droplet to check out something new, or test a scenario your afraid to try on your own hardware, lol, this what DO is good for, and I will continue to be supportive!

Issue is now running 4 years. Elon Musk will likely be appearing supported by a zimmer frame before any cloud host allows this … You can of course take a running snapshot from another machine but where would you upload it? You’d need the same CPU and chipset etc… I’d suggest taking a manifest of a VPS. You won’t want to install most of it anyway, just the business end right? So what’s needed is a basic bash script that takes a copy of all the dB. Web, VPN and crt’s etc… And zips them ready to be included anywhere else.