Set a valid duration for a droplet

Posted August 1, 2021 182 views

I am buying a droplet for my team member and I want the droplet to be deactivated automatically (not to be destroyed) after a specific date. Is there a way to do this somewhere inside the account management UI?

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As of the time being there is no such feature via the UI. But what I could suggest is to use the DigitalOcean API so that you could automate the process with a small script.

Here are a few examples of how to reboot a Droplet with different types of programming languages:

For a shutdown action, you would need to change the {"type":"reboot"} part to {"type":"shutdown"}.

Once you have the script in place, you could create a corn job that runs at a specific time and executes the script:


by Mark Drake
by Shaun Lewis
Cron is a time-based job scheduling daemon found in Unix-like operating systems, including Linux distributions. This guide provides an overview of how to schedule tasks using cron's special syntax on a machine running Ubuntu 18.04. It also goes over a few shortcuts one can use to make job schedules easier to write and understand.