Private Networking

Private networking creates a second network interface for Droplets that can only be accessed by the other Droplets and DigitalOcean Load Balancers in the same account or team. The private network is unreachable from the internet and traffic on it doesn't count against bandwidth usage.

Plans and Pricing

Private networking is available for Droplets at no additional cost.

Traffic over private networks does not count against your bandwidth billing transfer allowance.

Regional Availability

Private networking is available for Droplets in all regions.


Private networking isolates communication to an account or team's Droplets. It's useful when you want transfer data safely between servers or reduce outbound bandwidth usage, like when protecting database traffic or transferring log files to a central location.

If you add Droplets with private networking enabled to a DigitalOcean Load Balancer, the load balancer will use the private network to connect to them.


  • We do not support private networking between Droplets in different datacenter regions.

  • Multicast and broadcast are not available within the private network.

Known Issues

  • Traffic is restricted to the private network. Incoming packets from any source other than the private network are silently discarded at the network level.

  • Currently, traffic on the private network applies MAC address origin checks. This prevents the use of Droplets as gateways between the private and public networks.

  • Private networking only supports IPv4 addresses, not IPv6.

Latest Updates

29 May 2019

18 July 2018

17 July 2018

16 July 2018

For more information, see all Private Networking release notes.