Why has my droplet powered off?

I noticed my droplet powered off recently without any notice.

I powered it back on and everything’s fine. I’m not running anything intensive (serving some small, static pages) and I only use a key to ssh so I don’t think it’s a breach.

  1. How can I find out what happened?

  2. Does digitalocean sometimes have issues that require droplets to be powered off?

  3. Can I do something to keep a droplet always on or auto-power on?

An email when a droplet powers off would be really useful (critical for some applications, I suppose).


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  1. I would recommend opening a ticket. If there was an event in our system that powered off the droplet it would be logged and they can relay that information. If the shutdown was initiated from the droplet itself, our system will detect and log a client shutdown as well.

  2. Hardware issues do sometimes occur but email notifications are sent out in these cases and once the hypervisor is brought back online, droplets should power up.

  3. Combining a monitoring solution with the API could accomplish this however as this issue should not occur it may be overkill. I would recommend seeing what support can see before diving into a large scale project of this type.