Validated on 22 August 2019 • Posted on 27 August 2018
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.
Additional Tools for Droplets
The DigitalOcean API
The DigitalOcean API lets you manage DigitalOcean resources programmatically using conventional HTTP requests. All the functionality available in the DigitalOcean Control Panel is also available through the API.
In-depth comparisons of available Droplet plans, including hardware and software, an explanation of shared CPU and dedicated CPU plans, and how to make a data-driven decision on which plan is best for your use case.
Metadata is a service that allows a Droplet to access data about itself, like Droplet ID, datacenter region, and IP addresses. Metadata also lets users provide arbitrary user data to their Droplets at creation, which can be consumed by CloudInit to perform tasks or run scripts during provisioning or first boot.
Use the Droplet Console to recover access to a Droplet. It provides out-of-band access regardless of your network settings It emulates the access you would have if you were sitting down with a keyboard and monitor attached to the actual server.