How to remove a Droplet cpu limit

Posted June 4, 2020 1.4k views
DigitalOceanCoreOSUbuntu 18.04

Our droplet is capped at 60% cpu usage. there is no cpulimit installed on our ubuntu linux droplet. Does anyone know where such a limit is setup. we have an 8cpu core 32 gb droplet and we need to let the cpu load go higher to at least 90%. does anyone know how to remove this limit

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Hi @chrissy,

This is quite odd, it’s possible that you’ve configured it along the way for some reason.

Check if you have the cpulimit service installed. You can do so by running cpulimit on your droplet without any additional flags.

Anyway, if you do have it installed and in place, it will be executed as a process on your droplet. SSH to your droplet and execute the following command to see all the current processes running:

ps aux

Check if you see any strange processes or something that has cpulimit in it. If it does, kill the proccess.


  • thanks KDSys for your suggestion. I checked via ssh to my droplet that cpulimit hasnt been installed. is there any other process that you think may have been put there by Digital Ocean accidentally that would have a similar effect?

    • Hi @chrissy,

      DigitalOcean wouldn’t put any limits as your Droplets are managed only by you. As for the limit, I haven’t heard of any other packages which can do that.

      This isn’t usually something I would suggest but maybe you can try to restart your droplet. I’m suggesting this because I think there is some process that actually does this and it should be killed/stopped.