How do I download a complete image of my droplet VM?

Posted June 30, 2021 147 views

I have a droplet that is used for teaching a course. The university will no longer reimburse me for using DigitalOcean. Is there a way to download the VM so I don’t have to rebuild and reconfigure the server?

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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!

by Pablo Carranza
This article will teach you how to use Filezilla to transfer and manage files securely on your VPS.

I had used sftp for backup. SFTP has certain limitations when it comes to full scale backup of the registered files, but nonetheless, it can get the job done.