How to use cURL to Clone a Droplet from a Snapshot

  • Posted August 30, 2014

I’m trying to create a 2nd Droplet.

When wanting just the OS software installed, through Digital Ocean’s control panel I can Select Image > Linux Distributions tab > and select a Linux OS image, to which another Droplet will be spun. Similarly, when using a cURL statement such as …

curl -s “

… a message is given …


… and a 2nd Droplet is spun with, again, just the OS software installed.

Furtherer, if wanting to spin a 2nd Droplet as a clone of my 1st server, which already has LAMP and my web pages installed on it; through Digital Ocean’s control panel I can Select Image > My Images tab > and select a snapshot name, to which a new Droplet is spun with all the software included.

At this point I’m not sure how to use a cURL statement, to clone via a Snapshot.

Any answer or direction is appreciated.


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To launch a new droplet based on a snapshot, you’d use the same API call:

curl -s ""

You just need to replace the imageid with the ID for your snapshot. To find your image ID, run:

curl -s ""

I’d also suggest installing the jq command. You can pipe the results to it so that they are printed out nicely:

curl -s "" | jq .[]