How to get file backup from Digital Ocean ?

Posted December 27, 2016 16.3k views

Hi Sir/Mam,
I need your help to get one of my snapshot , because i need it to deploy at my Office Infrastructure for internal use
can u help me ?


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I know you asked the question a couple of years ago and the question is top in Google so I thought it was worth putting our answer in.

We get asked this question a lot of times on SnapShooter.

You can’t download your DigitalOcean Snapshots and we don’t think this is ever going to be offered by Digita lOcean, but you can still restore your file as @Woet said.

The way we recommend our customers is to create a new Droplet from your Snapshot. Once it has booted up make sure you SSH in and disable and services you don’t want running (cron for example). You can now download the files you want using SFTP or if you’re more confident with SSH you could scp files from the temporary server to your original droplet.

Once your finished don’t forget to destroy your temporary droplet to save the cost of having it running. As long as you don’t destroy the snapshot you can keep doing this.

If you’re in the market for backing up your droplets more frequently checkout SnapShooter.


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You can use our service ( for free to easily and quickly get file a backup from DigitalOcean that can be downloaded.

You can follow these steps:

  1. Create a free account at (takes a couple of seconds)
  2. Add your DigitalOcean server to SimpleBackups and create a file backup (detailed steps here)
  3. Once your backup is taken successfully, you can download it as a single compressed archive.

You can’t. Spin up a droplet and use SFTP to copy the files you need.

You can use Bacula or fwbackups. Those are one of the best to make and restore linux backups