Private Networking Quickstart

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.

Enable Private Networking during Droplet Creation

Enabling private networking during Droplet creation means all the network configuration is automatically done for you.

To enable private networking while creating a Droplet:

  1. From the Droplet create page, in the Additional Options section, check Private Networking.

  2. Finish creating the Droplet as normal.

Once the Droplet is created, its private IP address is displayed in the header. You can also click the Droplet's name, then click the Networking link to view more private network information.

Enable Private Networking on Existing Droplets

To enable private networking on an existing Droplet:

  1. Shut down the Droplet with sudo shutdown -h now.

  2. On the Droplets page, click the name of the Droplet, then click Networking in the side navigation.

  3. In the Private network section, click Enable.

  4. Turn the Droplet back on by clicking the On/Off switch in the control panel.

  5. Manually configure the private network on the Droplet.

    Instructions vary based on the Droplet's operating system. Our manual private network configuration documentation has step by step details for supported distributions.

  6. Reboot your Droplet with reboot for the changes to take effect.

Once the Droplet is created, its private IP address is displayed in the header. You can also click the Droplet's name, then click the Networking link to view more private network information.