What's the difference between snapshots and Droplet backups, how to backup and can it be downloaded?

So in account control panel there is Images link on the left in menu and under that there are Snapshots and Droplet backups.

Snapshot is basically snap, clone of droplet, it should be same thing as backup, right? But if it’s a same thing as backup why there are backups than?

What’s the difference and i couldn’t find anywhere option to backup droplet, just to make snapshot.

And is it possible to download and keep one on my pc?

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Snapshots are on-demand disk images of DigitalOcean Droplets and volumes saved to your account. Use them to create new Droplets and volumes with the same contents.

Backups are automatically created disk images of Droplets. Enabling backups for Droplets enables system-level backups at weekly intervals, which provides a way to revert to an older state or create new Droplets.

Unfortunately, you cannot currently download DigitalOcean backups or snapshots.

As an alternative, you can back up data locally using third-party tools like rsync or SFTP.

It is currently one of the most popular user suggestions on the DigitalOcean Ideas board, you can vote for this feature at

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

I believe the short answer to this is that they’re the same. The only difference is that backups happen automatically, and are standardized. You can make a snapshot whenever you want, and customize some things (such as making volume snapshots).

But if you just use the standard options, then backups are just snapshots that occur at specified intervals.

Please correct me if I’m wrong on that.