DigitalOcean provides a variety of images that you can use to create your Droplets, like Linux and FreeBSD distributions, container distributions, and one-click install apps. In addition, we provide snapshots and backups.
Snapshots provide a full copy of a DigitalOcean Droplet or volume, saving everything from the disk to a disk image within your DigitalOcean account. They’re an easy way to archive a Droplet or Volume at a point in time and can later be used to create new Droplets or Volumes with the same contents of the snapshot.
You can use snapshots to save the contents of Block Storage volumes, restore a source Droplet to the point in time when a snapshot was taken, or transfer a copy of a Droplet to a new region.
Backups are automatically-created disk images of your Droplet. Enabling backups for your Droplet provides system-level backups at regular intervals, allowing you to easily revert or spin up new instances from a backup image. They’re are a convenient way to back up the disk contents of your Droplets with no configuration required. They ensure that you have a stable copy to fall back on if there is a problem with your server.
Backups are taken once weekly for each Droplet where they’re enabled and are retained for four weeks. If you want a one-time or on-demand image of your Droplet instead of an ongoing backup, you can use a snapshot instead.
You can manage your backups and snapshots under Images in the Control Panel.