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Set a valid duration for a droplet

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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Hello,

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:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/questions/how-to-reboot-a-droplet-with-digitalocean-api-php-python-bash-examples

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:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-use-cron-to-automate-tasks-ubuntu-1804

Regards, Bobby