Custom images are Linux and Unix-like images you import to DigitalOcean. You can create Droplets based custom images, which lets you migrate and scale your workloads without spending time recreating your environment from scratch.
Custom images are free to upload and charged at $0.05/GB per month to store. There is no additional charge to add an image to additional regions.
When you create Droplets from a custom image, pricing is based on the Droplet price with no additional fees.
Custom images are available in all regions.
You can create Droplets from custom images in any region where you've added the image.
Once you upload a custom image to your DigitalOcean account, you can create Droplets based on that image. When you upload a custom image, you select a region for it to be available in. You can create Droplets based on a custom image in that region, and you can make your custom image available in additional regions at any time.
You can find cloud-friendly official Unix-like OS images on OpenStack or create your own with your preferred VM software.
Images you upload to DigitalOcean must meet the following requirements:
Operating system. Images must have a Unix-like OS.
File format. Images must be in one of the following file formats:
Size. Images must be 100 GB or less when uncompressed, including the filesystem.
Filesystem. Images must support the ext3 or ext4 filesystems.
cloud-init. Images must have cloud-init 0.7.7 or higher, cloudbase-init, coreos-cloudinit, ignition, or bsd-cloudinit installed and configured correctly. If your image's default
cloud-init configuration lists the
NoCloud datasource before the
ConfigDrive datasource, Droplets created from your image will not function properly.
SSH configuration. Images must have sshd installed and configured to run on boot. If your image does not have sshd set up, you will not have SSH access to Droplets created from that image unless you recover access using the Droplet console.
Images must be less than 100 GB uncompressed.
Windows images are not supported.
ISO images are not currently supported, but we're considering ISO support in the future. In the interim, if you have an ISO image you want to use, you can create a new image using your VM software of choice and save it again in a supported format. For a detailed walkthrough, see How to Create a DigitalOcean Droplet from an Ubuntu ISO Format Image.
You cannot assign a Floating IP to a Droplet created from a custom image.
You cannot use IPv6 with Droplets created from custom images.
You must add an SSH key when creating Droplets from a custom image. These Droplets have password authentication disabled by default and you cannot use the control panel to reset the root password.
You cannot see the total storage used by custom images.
The image upload window does not correctly display the size of the image.
Users can now upload custom images using FTP URLs.
Droplets created from custom images now support snapshots and backups.
Released custom image support which allows customers to upload their Linux and Unix-like images to their DigitalOcean account and use them to create Droplets.
For more information, see all Custom Images release notes.