Re-imaging the operating system

Posted May 8, 2013 19.5k views
After I created my vps I can replace the operating system with another?

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Currently this is possible only through the API using the Rebuild event and then passing it the image_id of any valid image, including base OS images, and your snapshots.

You can also do this through the new control panel which is available at:

We will be rolling out this new control panel hopefully on Friday->Monday and then this feature will be easier to access.
@kbaylog: The "new control panel" was released a few months ago and is the control panel you're accessing now through :]
Can someone describe how this is done via the Control Panel? Do I need to first delete my current droplet, and then create a new one? How does the billing on this work, will I get billed another $5 in doing this?
@bradleybossard: Rebuilding your droplet does not cost you anything. You can switch the OS (your data will be wiped) any time you like from the Destroy -> Rebuild section.
  • Crud. I just Destroyed, then I discovered the Rebuild option disappeared. After Destroying the only option was to Create. I suppose I was supposed to see if I could click directly on Rebuild? I kind of assumed it was going to balk if I tried to click on it. I’m glad I didn’t need to keep the IP I had… I was just trying to do a clean dist upgrade (I of course had backed up all the data and configs I wanted to keep).

So, how to change OS but without deleting my current droplet?
@Marga: See my comment right above yours.

Can anyone provide an example using doctl?