Issues connecting Mastodon droplet to spaces

I’m new at this, and I’ve been going around in circles trying to setup a mastodon droplet to use a digitalocean space.

(As an aside, it would be helpful to have a DO tutorial on this… everything I’ve found online seems dated and they all disagree with each other.)

At the moment I have my env.production file set like this:




“bucketname” is the name of my space. I’ve scrambled the access key and secret, and changed the website url to a generic.

I created a let’s encrypt certificate for the subdomain “images.”

At the moment there is no avatar or header, and I can’t upload new ones. I just get the elephant pounding on the keyboard when I try.

If I right click on my avatar and open it in a new tab I get “AccessDeniedbucketnamestx000000000000173315c3a-00636c3b7b-3f2ad568-nyc3c3f2ad568-nyc3c-nyc3-zg03”

I’ve tried using the edge endpoint as well.

I’m clearly missing something.

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Bobby Iliev
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November 10, 2022
Accepted Answer

Hi there,

I believe that your S3_ENDPOINT variable needs to be changed to:


The complete config should look as follows:


Let me know how it goes.



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    I am having a similar problem. I got the spaces files to load correctly thanks to above. Now how do I point the resources to the CDN

    CDN_HOST? I tried and the site refused to load.

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