I need my droplet UP/ON only between 9am to 5pm on weekdays. Is there a way to automate?

No one uses the server after hours so I’d like to schedule my OS to shut down every day at 5 pm. In this scenario, I am assuming you will charge only the time the server is up and running. Am I correct?

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Your virtual server will still be billable even in a powered-off state (

A better approach for your use-case would be to perform a snapshot of a virtual server configured in a way that you desire and to create Droplets on demand from your pre-configured template. Hashicorp’s Packer ( is a great tool for building templates. DigitalOcean’s API can be used to create and destroy Droplets on demand.

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