How to add openVPN droplet to App Platform

I have App Platform and i need use another Droplet whitch include OpenVPN config for another server so i need connect to my app to eg. ioT-device via openVPN. How i configure this to App Platform? Is this possible or not?

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October 25, 2023

Hello there,

It is possible to achieve this but if you require greater access and customisation you might need to use only droplets to complete the full configuration.

DigitalOcean’s App Platform is primarily designed for deploying web applications, APIs, and other cloud-native services. It is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering that abstracts away infrastructure management. OpenVPN, on the other hand, is a technology used for setting up a virtual private network (VPN) and typically involves more control over the underlying infrastructure, often done on a virtual private server (VPS) or a dedicated server.

Hope that this helps!

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October 12, 2023


In theory it is possible but it’s not a straightforward process. You can not install packages directly on the App Platform after a deployment. For that you need to use a Dockerfile where you can specify all of the packages that need to be installed during the build process:

Keep in mind that the App Platform local storage is ephemeral meaning that all changes made during the runtime will be lost after a new deployment. If you need to persist your data, it is best to use a Droplet.

Hope that this helps!

Best, KFSys

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