How do i create a new droplet from a saved snapshot using doctl cmdline tool?

Posted October 8, 2017 2k views

I was trying to create a droplet using a snapshot that I created from an existing droplet. While I can do it from the Web UI, I seem to be struggling with it using the “droplet create” command, since the snapshot does not come with an “image slug”.

Bottom line, can I create a new droplet using a saved snapshot using doctl?

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While only public images have “slugs,” all images have an ID. You can list all of your snapshots and backups using:

doctl compute image list-user

The output will look like:

ID         Name          Type            Distribution    Slug    Public    Min Disk
5812605     foobar         snapshot    Ubuntu                       false       30

This will provide the ID for the image as well. From there, you can create as normal using the image’s ID for the --image argument. E.g.:

doctl compute droplet create --region nyc3 --image 5812605 --size 8gb foobar