When is FreeBSD 13.0 going to be a supported droplet at DigitalOcean?

Dear all,

I’m planning an upgrade of my droplets from FreeBSD 12 to 13, however I still don’t see supported droplets for FreeBSD 13.0 at DigitalOcean as of November 15th 2021.

Notice FreeBSD 13 was released back in April.

Is there any official date for the support at DigitalOcean on FreeBSD 13.0 droplets?

Shall I open a support ticket?

Thanks for any replies and your time.



I too am interested in spinning up a FreeBSD13.0 droplet. I already run FBSD12 and that is soon to be deprecated by the FreeBSD crowd, leaving no current options for FBSD on Digital Ocean.

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Welp, things just got worse. With Freebsd 12.2 reaching end-of-life March 30th, there are currently no images for a supported version of Freebsd. Time to look elsewhere, I guess.

I opened a ticket back in the day and the response was unclear on the question. It seems to me the commitment to FreeBSD 13 from DigitalOcean is quite small, if any, and I can imagine the business footprint from FreeBSD is rather small, specially when compared to other systems. In the meantime (since FreeBSD 13.0 was rolled out), the company has incorporated Rocky Linux and CentOS Stream, however I believe there must have been little to no technical difficulties in doing so.

Whatever the future support is, as leszlauergabor has pointed out, DigitalOcean offers the custom image service. I have written my own guide on how to use this for FreeBSD 13.

I would also like to see support for this out of the box. For now I manually update the sources/recompile and it works fine as a 12 image.

No need to wait. Just go to, download the image you like, upload it as a custom image with unknown OS type. Once your image is ready, create a droplet with your SSL key. You can then ssh in with the pre-set ‘freebsd’ user. Then sudo su. If you need the recovery boot selector instead of fast boot, edit /boot/loader.conf, change autoboot_delay to 30 and change the console order to vidconsole,comconsole. Hope this helps!

Wish I had good news for you, but I’ve been waiting on this too. I had a few broken upgrade attempts earlier this year and I’m eagerly awaiting.

I have one droplet I could stand to lose, I may give it a go this upcoming weekend. If I do that I’ll report back here.