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How much ram does a bare installation use?

If I were to create a fresh ubuntu droplet, how much memory would I have available? I just want to know if a 1 GB droplet will be enough, after taking into account system processes (systemd, avahi, etc).

How much ram does a ubuntu droplet use without any additional programs? And would it be much different for other distros?

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Hello,

According to Ubuntu’s official documentation for a Ubuntu Server (CLI) Installation you should have 256 MiB of system memory (RAM).

For more information you could take a look at the official documentation here:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements/