Droplet Quickstart

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.

To follow along, you need a DigitalOcean account. If you don't have one, you can register on the sign up page.

Create Droplets

  1. From the Create menu in the top right of the control panel, click Droplets.

  2. Choose an image, which can be a Linux distribution, container distribution, one-click app, snapshot, or backup.

  3. Choose a plan and size for your Droplet, which determines its RAM, disk space, and vCPUs as well as its price. Learn more about how to choose the right Droplet plan.

The Droplet create screen has a number of options after this, which you can customize now or after creation. To accept the defaults, scroll to the bottom and click Create. Otherwise:

  1. Optionally, add block storage.

  2. Choose a datacenter region.

  3. Select additional options, like private networking and monitoring. These options come at no additional cost, and are easier to enable now than after creation.

  4. Choose an SSH key, if you've added one. If you choose not to use SSH keys, your Droplet's password will be emailed to you after creation.

  5. Enter a name and click Create.

From here, you can follow our detailed guide on connecting to Droplets with SSH, or follow the instructions below.

Connect to Droplets

To connect by using a terminal on Linux, macOS, or Windows Subsystem for Linux:

  1. Open your terminal, and enter the command ssh username@203.0.113.0.

    Substitute in your Droplet’s IP address after the @. The username is root on most distributions, but if you’re using CoreOS, Rancher, or FreeBSD, the username is corerancher, or freebsd respectively.

  2. Press ENTER and answer yes to the prompt that confirms the connection.

  3. If you're not using SSH keys, enter your password when prompted.

Windows users can alternatively connect with PuTTY.

When you've logged in, your command prompt changes and you'll see a welcome screen.

Destroy Droplets

Destroying a Droplet permanently and irreversibly destroys the Droplet, its contents, and its automated backups.

  1. To save one or more of the Droplet's backup images, convert those backups into snapshots before destroying the Droplet.

  2. From the control panel, click the Droplet's More menu and choose Destroy.

  3. On the Droplet's Destroy page, under Destroy Droplet, click Destroy.

  4. Confirm the destruction in the confirmation window that opens by clicking Confirm.