Is it possible to TURN OFF private network once enabled on a droplet?

February 10, 2014 12k views
I created a new droplet and checked the 'private network' box, not really knowing what it is for. I don't need it on my droplet - how can I turn it off?
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In order to disable private networking from the command line, you need to edit the file /etc/network/interfaces It will look something like this:

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your
# system and how to activate them. For more information, see
# interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth1 eth0
iface eth0 inet static
        address 95.85.37.158
        netmask 255.255.255.0
        gateway 95.85.37.1
        dns-nameservers 8.8.8.8 8.8.4.4
iface eth1 inet static
        address 10.129.176.173
        netmask 255.255.0.0

eth0 is the public interface, while eth1 is the private interface. Remove the sections about eth1 (highlighted above), and restart your droplet:

sudo shutdown -r now

Any one have a response to this?

You can disable it in the DO control panel under the settings tab, or if you don't want to power off your droplet, firewall the interface.
on setting tab don't exist that option
Where is your droplet located?

I have the same issue. There is no button to disable the private networking.

I have the same issue too.... There is no button to disable the private networking??
How to change the IP to the private network. I want to "ping" between droplets.

  • Droplet in TOR, there is no way to disable private networking in the dashboard.
  • I've removed it from the droplet out of the network-scripts
  • I've opened a ticket with support and nearly 24 hours no answer/fix
  • This has broken my load-balancer setup

I known this is a long procedure, but if you are in a hurry, maybe create a snapshot image of this droplet, delete this droplet, then create a new droplet from the image. This new droplet is by default without private network. This is what I have done.

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