Droplet create - user data not executed

I’m trying to create a droplet and adding a code (in this case a hardcoded ‘saraza’) to a file for later purposes. This code will change from droplet to droplet so I needed parametrized. But when I execute this, no file is created in my droplet. I’ve seen another questions that said that this is the way to do this.

curl -v -X POST “
-d’{“name”:“My-Droplet”,“region”:“nyc3”,“size”:“s-1vcpu-1gb”,“image”:“ubuntu-18-04-x64”, “ssh_keys”: [“‘$SSH_PUBLIC_KEY_DO_FORMAT’”], “user_data”: "`#cloud-config runcmd:

  • echo saraza > ~/file.txt`"}’
    -H “Authorization: Bearer $DO_API_TOKEN”
    -H “Content-Type: application/json”)

Thanks for the help

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Hello, @dseidler

I will recommend you to check our official docs for the User Data:

As shown in the example in the article you can simply create a bash script that will execute the command you want after the droplet creation.

curl -X POST "" \

echo saraza > ~/file.txt
      -H "Authorization: Bearer $TOKEN" \
      -H "Content-Type: application/json"

You can try with the example above and see if it works for you.

Note: You can also check the output logs and see what happened when the startup script tried to run the user-data

The log is located here:


Let me know how it goes.

Regards, Alex