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How can I access files with DigitalOcean Functions?

I have a droplet, on there some (video) files are stored that I want to modify through the use of DigitalOcean functions.

However, I don’t know how I can access the files that are on my droplet with functions.

I tried to do some searching, but couldn’t figure it out.

If someone could provide some guidance I would highly appreciate it!


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Bobby Iliev
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June 19, 2023

Hi there,

The Serverless functions do not have direct access to the Droplet’s filesystem.

There are a couple of alternative approaches that you can take:

  • Use an Object Storage like the DigitalOcean Spaces to store your video files on, and then use an S3 SDK to access your objects:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/spaces/reference/s3-sdk-examples/

  • Depending on the exact use-case, if your Droplet already has a web server, then you could access your video files from your Serverless functions over HTTP. However I would recommend using Spaces instead.

Hope that this helps!

Best,

Bobby

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