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What are the limitations of digital ocean apps?

Posted August 20, 2021 117 views
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I’m trying to rewrite how my site works, but not sure how if I should use digital oceans new apps feature.

Do the apps have storage? Does the storage get cleared when the code gets redeployed? Is there any way to access the local files, such as through ssh or ftp?

Would it work for these:

  • discord bot, which persists data via JSON files on the hdd
  • file upload server where files are stored temporarily then processed, then moved to a permanent location, perhaps in the spaces object storage

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The filesystem for apps gets cleared with each deploy. Also, if an app is scaled to multiple instances, each instance has it’s own filesystem. If the app needs files to persist between deploys, or be accessible to multiple instances, the files would need to be in persistent storage like DigitalOcean Spaces. The files could then be retrieved from spaces using the cloud dashboard, or an s3 CLI tool.

  • Okay, it sounds like writing the files to spaces should be good enough for me. I think I could even just trigger the backup to spaces right before I deploy right? And the files in spaces should be available to other apps instantly right?

    Thanks for your response.