How to Destroy a Droplet from the DigitalOcean Control Panel

DigitalOcean Droplets are Linux-based virtual machines (VMs) that run on top of virtualized hardware. Each Droplet you create is a new server you can use, either standalone or as part of a larger, cloud-based infrastructure.

Deleting a Droplet permanently and irreversibly destroys the Droplet and its contents, and its automated backups. To save one or more of the backup images, convert the backup into a snapshot before deleting the Droplet.

To destroy a Droplet from the control panel, open the Droplet's More menu and click Destroy to go to its Destroy page. Alternatively, you can click the Droplet's name to access its main page and select Destroy from the left menu.

Droplet more menu

On the Destroy page, there are two headings: Destroy Droplet and Rebuild Droplet.

Droplet Destroy page

Under Destroy Droplet, click Destroy. In the confirmation window that opens, click Confirm to destroy the Droplet.