How to assign a floating IP to a Digital Oceans Load Balancer?

Posted July 24, 2017 8.1k views
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My website droplet has a floating IP assigned to it. As the popularity of the website is growing rapidly, I have now decided to mirror the droplet using a snapshot and place both droplets behind a load-balancer.

All pretty simple so far. I have mirrored the droplet without problems and created the load balancer but I now need to reassign the floating IP to point at the load balancer instead of the old droplet but the load balancer isn’t listed in the floating IP’s ‘reassign IP list’, and entering the load balancers IP address and/or name results in a 'no results found’ message.

Am I missing something or is there simply no way to do this yet? I know that load balancers were only released 5 months ago, so perhaps this functionality isn’t available yet?

Many thanks for your help.

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Hi @gregb773f4bb684c5057f37f1d

Correct, it is currently not possible to assign a Floating IP to a Load Balancer.
It is a planned feature, but I don’t know anything more than that:

Is there an ETA on this planned feature?

Or you could vote for this idea which is the same but currently have more votes :-)


I’m also waiting this. It ’d be allow us more flexible.

Any ideas on when this ’d be introduce into DO.

Many thanks.

Any update on this question? Can we now assign a floating ip to a load balancer?

It would be great to have an update. If this is no longer in the roadmap maybe we should update the docs/blog?

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Yes please, is there an update on this. We tried assigning a floating IP to a load balancer and it does not work.

Reading the article mentioned it states: “A more robust and reliable solution is to use systems that allow for flexible IP address remapping, such as floating IPs”. The illustrations in the article show multiple load balancers.

When will it be possible to assign a floating IP to a load balancer?

Any update on when/if this will be implemented?

Is there an update to this?

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