Power Cycle

When I click on the name of my droplet, it displays several different icons, such as Power, Access, Resize, Snapshots, Backups etc.

Under the Power tab, which is open by default, there is another tab Power Cycle, which, as shown below, says “This will reboot your droplet” and then it provides more info about how they recommend that it be done through the command line.


  1. Is this something I’m supposed to do at the beginning after creating a droplet? or is it something do during management of the server (for whatever reason if need arises)

  2. Since it’s recommended to do it through the command line, how do I do that?

I’m using ‘Ubuntu 12.10 x32 Server’

Power CyclePower Off This will reboot your droplet.

We recommend rebooting your droplet through the command line, as this action is the same as hard resetting the server and may cause data corruption.

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Hello, all

In order to reboot the droplet using the command line you can use these two options:

  1. sudo reboot


  1. sudo shutdown -r now

They basically do the exact same thing so using any of them will complete the task.

Generally speaking, the shutdown command is preferable because you have the option to specify the reason for the system reboot, e.g maintenance. An additional feature is that you can schedule when the system needs to be powered down.

  1. sudo shutdown -r now 'System maintenance'

Hope that this helps!

I have a perhaps related problem. I used a third-party Android app to ‘power cycle’ a droplet that had a SQL crash on one of the websites. It seemed to work fine. That was last week. All the sites are showing fine, but today I checked and the droplet says it is OFF! How is this possible?


After I power off my droplet, how can I turn it on again?