How To Restore from a SnapShot (My personal experience)

Posted November 19, 2014 7.8k views

For me restoring my snapshot was not intuitive and I did not find a step by step procedure, so I am writing this in the hope that it may help someone else.


Droplet Hostname

The name of the droplet should be the same as the original one.

Select Size

Size can be changed.

Select Region

Region can be changed.

Available Settings

Modify as needed.

Select Image

Click “My Snapshots” and select the snapshot to restore.

Add SSH Keys

If the original droplet had an SSH Key then you need to select the same SSH-Key upon creation. The reason is that Putty on your desktop has the original corresponding Private Key.


You may get lucky and be assigned the same IP Address, if not you will have to change it where appropriate (Putty, DNS etc…)

Create Droplet

Happy Coding :)

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  • Thanks for sharing!

    Regarding the IP address, the system tries to retain it for the last user as long as possible. Giving the new droplet a similar name to the original will increase the chances of you getting the same IP.

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