How to get non-version controlled files in Digital Ocean App Platform

Currently I have some larger files in my project that are essential to the application, but aren’t under version control due to size. How do I access these files in my application? The two ways I can think of are

  1. Add the information to a database and use that instead.
  2. Add them to a private digital ocean space and then download them during the app build process.

In the short-term I would like to use #2 as the files aren’t stable and are changing frequently, but I’m not sure how. Is there a tutorial or can anyone walk me through it? Thanks in advance for the help.


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Hi there,

Indeed for such large files that are not checked into git, I would personally go for putting them on an object storage like the DigitalOcean Spaces.

The way that you could do this would depend on the tech stack and framework that you are using.

There are quite a few tutorials covering how to work with Spaces for different languages and frameworks which you could check out here:

Best, Bobby