How do I know if I'm charged monthly or hourly?

Posted March 30, 2020 692 views
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Hello there,

I wonder how does it work exactly. Is the amount charged monthly if I let the droplet on (I understand I’d have to destroy it if I don’t want to be charged) for the whole month? Or do I have to set it up somewhere for it to generate an invoice for the month pre-paid?…


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Hi @danfelbm,

DigitalOcean charges by the hour for all droplets. The cost per hour is dependent on the hardware tier you select when creating a droplet and whether you decide to add the backup option enabled. Also please note that at minimum $0.01 is charged even if you use the lowest tier for even a minute as that’s the lowest that can be billed for.

As for the payment itself, it’s done on a monthly basis. You can read a bit more here -


  • Hello,

    I paid initially $5 for the smallest droplet, does that mean if I destroyed my droplet after an hour or two on the first day the remaining amount would roll over until I consume it?


    • Hi @christophercalebjones,

      DigitalOcean billing cycles are monthly. Your account balance accrues over the course of the calendar month based on the cost of the resources you use. Creating a droplet doesn’t take the money right away from your account, you are charged based on the droplet’s rate and time you’ve used it.