How would you automate the creation and destruction of droplets?

April 2, 2018 2.8k views
DigitalOcean Clustering API

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How would you automate the create and destruction of droplets? Every time one is created they automatically have certain packages installed, perhaps using packer, and then get added to an erlang cluster. How might I go about all of this?

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You can use a tool such as doctl and some shell scripts

Another solution is to use Hashicorp’s Terraform -

by Mitchell Anicas
Terraform is a tool for building and managing infrastructure in an organized way. It can be used to manage DigitalOcean droplets and DNS entries, in addition to a large variety of services offered by other providers. It is controlled via an easy to use command-line interface, and can run from your desktop or a remote server. Terraform works by reading configuration files that describe the components that make up your application environment or datacenter...

We use our own automation platform, Tines, for management of our Digital Ocean Droplet automation. We create/delete droplets, add/remove tags, manage DNS and more. It works great! We wrote about how we do it in the below blog post. If you’d like to know more I’m happy to talj through the details - feel free to send me a DM.

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