Snapshot Quickstart

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

Snapshot Droplets and Volumes

To snapshot a Droplet:

  1. Shut down the Droplet with sudo shutdown -h now.
  2. From the control panel, click on the Droplet you want to snapshot.
  3. From the left menu on the Droplet’s page, click Snapshots, then click Take Snapshot.

You can alternatively take a live snapshot by following the same steps without powering down your Droplet.

To snapshot a Volume:

  1. From the control panel, click Volumes.
  2. Open the More menu for the volume you want to snapshot, then click Take Snapshot.

Create Droplets and Volumes from Snapshots

To create a new Droplet from a snapshot:

  1. On the Droplet create page, under Choose an image, select Snapshots.
  2. Choose the snapshot you’d like to create the Droplet from.
  3. Fill out the rest of the choices on the create page, then click Create.

To create a new volume from a snapshot:

  1. From the control panel, click Images, then Snapshots, and finally Volumes.
  2. Select any volume snapshot, click its More menu, and click Create Volume.
  3. In the dialog that opens, choose the size of the new volume, then click Create Volume.

Delete Snapshots

From the control panel, click Images, then Snapshots. From a snapshot’s More menu, click Delete, then click Delete Snapshot in the confirmation window that opens.