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Reset my droplet, how do I reinstall ghost without making a new droplet?

Hey everyone, I recently rebuilt my droplet because I needed to start my blog over, but wanted to keep the IP address the same for convenience. When I rebuilt/reset the droplet, it erased the pre-installed Ghost client. How do I reinstall Ghost on my server without creating a new droplet?


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alexdo
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January 29, 2023

Hello there,

You can rebuild the droplet from the snapshot to keep the current IP address. You can use any image in your account that runs an OS that is in the same family as the Droplet you’re rebuilding, including backups, snapshots, custom images, 1-Click Applications, and base OS distributions we provide. If you’re trying to rebuild from a backup, you need to convert the backup into a snapshot before rebuilding your Droplet.

Rebuilding a Droplet wipes the Droplet’s disk and replaces it with an image you select. This is an option if you’re concerned that your Droplet has been compromised, you’ve lost access to it, you’d like to switch operating system versions, or you’d like to completely replace the contents of a Droplet.

You can also assign a floating IP to the droplet so that even if the droplet is destroyed, you can assign the Floating IP to another droplet.

To learn more about the floating IPs, you can check this guide: https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/networking/floating-ips/

I hope this helps!

Bobby Iliev
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February 15, 2022

Hi there,

What you could do is follow the steps from here and install a new Ghost instance on your existing Droplet:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-configure-ghost-on-ubuntu-16-04

That way you will not have to create a new Droplet from scratch.

You can also skip step 1 as the Ghost CLI should already be in place.

Hope that this helps!

Best,

Bobby