How to Create and Restore Droplets from Snapshots

Create Droplets

Any Snapshot created from a Droplet can be used to create new Droplets in any region where the Snapshot is available. To create a Droplet from a Snapshot, click the Create menu and select Droplets. From the Create Droplets page, select Snapshots under the Choose an image header, and then choose the Snapshot you would like to create a Droplet from.

Choosing snapshots during Droplet creation

When creating a new Droplet from a Snapshot, you must select a disk size equal to or larger than the Droplet that was used to create the Snapshot.

Continue Droplet creation by selecting the Droplet size, region, and any additional options. Finally, click Create to create a Droplet based on the selected Snapshot.

Restore Droplets

Snapshots can also be used to restore a Droplet to the point in time the Snapshot was taken. This can be useful for restoring files that were accidentally deleted or to revert to a known-good Droplet to recover from accidental configuration changes.

To restore a Droplet from a previous Snapshot, click Images from the top menu of the DigitalOcean Control Panel. From there, you are presented with a list of all Snapshots available in your account. Locate the Snapshot you want to restore a Droplet from and click the More menu next to the Snapshot, then select Restore Droplet. A Restore Droplet window confirms that the existing Droplet will be replaced with the older Snapshot image. Click Restore Droplet to continue, and the Droplet is restored from the selected Snapshot.

Restore Droplet window