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Build and Deploy a Custom Droplet Image on DigitalOcean

Published on October 25, 2021 · Updated on November 29, 2021
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By Mason Egger

Developer Advocate

Build and Deploy a Custom Droplet Image on DigitalOcean


About the Talk

Have you ever wanted to preconfigure your Droplet — DigitalOcean’s scalable virtual machine — before you deploy it? Do you want to use an operating system not currently available on DigitalOcean? Packer is a tool that allows you to build your own custom cloud images and deploy them.

In this Tech Talk, we’ll use Packer and Ansible to build our own custom cloud image and deploy it to DigitalOcean.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to build a custom cloud image using Packer
  • How to configure a custom cloud image using Packer and Ansible
  • How to use Packer to deploy your custom cloud image to DigitalOcean

This Talk is Designed For

  • Software developers
  • DevOps engineers/SREs
  • Anyone who wants to build your own custom image and deploy it to DigitalOcean


DigitalOcean API Slugs

Sample code

How to Manage Remote Servers with Ansible - DigitalOcean EBook

Packer documentation

Ansible documentation

Custom Images are Linux and Unix-like images you import to DigitalOcean. You can create Droplets based custom images, which lets you migrate and scale your workloads without spending time recreating your environment from scratch.

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About the authors
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Developer Advocate

Mason is currently a Sr. Developer Advocate at DigitalOcean who specializes in cloud infrastructure, distributed systems, and Python.

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