DigitalOcean Droplets are flexible Linux-based virtual machines (VMs) that run on top of virtualized hardware. Each Droplet you create is a new server you can use.

We offer three different kinds of Droplet plans: a standard plan and two performance plans.

  • Standard Droplets give you the most flexibility and are best for website hosting, staging environments, and low intensity compute needs.

  • General Purpose Performance Droplets are best for a wide variety of mainstream, production workloads that require predictable compute performance and a higher ratio of memory to CPU.

  • CPU Optimized Performance Droplets are best for CPU-intensive tasks and projects that require predictable performance or rely on CPU more than RAM or I/O, like batch processing large data sets, large builds, and video encoding.

One common use case is running CPU Optimized Droplets ephemerally; you can run large work loads for short periods of time and destroy the Droplets when they finish processing, then rely on block storage or object storage to persist your data.

We also offer tags, a feature allowing you to apply custom labels to a Droplet. You can tag more than one Droplet with the same label, then use it to view a filtered list of Droplets that share that particular tag.

In addition to filtering, the DigitalOcean API allows you to initiate an action across multiple Droplets with the same tag. Identifying groups of Droplets and administering all of them at once reduces the time required to manage resources.

You can also use tags to automatically include Droplets in a firewall or load balancer configuration, minimizing administration required when adding a new Droplet to your account.

  • Droplet Overview
  • High-level information, like plans and pricing, availability, feature overviews, and known issues.

  • Droplet Quickstart
  • Just the essentials to go from zero to working in a few minutes.

  • Droplet How-Tos
  • How to accomplish specific tasks in detail, like creation/deletion, configuration, and management.

  • Droplet Resources
  • Resources on native tools for working with Droplets, troubleshooting, and Droplet metadata.