Spaces is an S3-compatible object storage service that lets you store and serve large amounts of data. Each Space is a bucket for you to store and serve files. The free, built-in Spaces CDN minimizes page load times, improves performance, and reduces bandwidth and infrastructure costs.
The base rate of a Spaces subscription is $5/month and gives you the ability to create multiple Spaces.
The subscription includes 250 GiB of data storage (cumulative across all of your Spaces). Additional storage beyond this allotment is $0.02/GiB. If you cancel your subscription by destroying all your Spaces, your bill will be prorated hourly.
Spaces subscriptions include 1,024 GiB of outbound data transfer (from Spaces to the internet), which is shared between all Spaces. Additional outbound transfer is $0.01/GiB. Outbound data transfer is free in the following cases:
Inbound bandwidth to Spaces never counts against your Spaces transfer allowance.
Droplets have their own transfer allowance, independent of Spaces. Traffic from Droplets to Spaces does not count against your Spaces transfer allowance (because inbound bandwidth to Spaces is free), but does currently count against your Droplets' outbound transfer allowance. We’re working on changing this behavior.
The Spaces Content Delivery Network (CDN) is available at no additional cost. The transfer allowance that comes with the base Spaces subscription covers both CDN bandwidth and origin bandwidth. Transfer between the origin and the edge servers is calculated as part of the transfer allowance.
Spaces are available in NYC3, SFO3, AMS3, SGP1, and FRA1. Spaces work with Droplets in all regions. The Spaces CDN is available in all regions where Spaces are available.
The Spaces CDN points of presence are in the following locations:
|North America||Ashburn, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Jose, Seattle, Toronto|
|Europe||Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, Warsaw|
|South America||São Paulo (beta)|
|Asia||Hong Kong (beta), Manila (beta), Seoul (beta), Singapore (beta), Tokyo (beta)|
|Oceania||Melbourne (beta), Sydney (beta)|
DigitalOcean Spaces provide S3-compatible object storage which lets you store and serve large amounts of data. You can create them in a few seconds and use them immediately with no configuration. Data transfer is automatically secured with HTTPS, and the available storage capacity scales seamlessly.
Spaces are ideal for storing static, unstructured data like audio, video, and images as well as large amounts of text. Because Spaces are an object storage implementation, use cases like databases, applications written in server-side languages, and mission-critical applications will work best with local storage or block storage.
If you use Spaces to serve static or dynamic content for your website, you can also benefit from using the Spaces CDN (Content Delivery Network), which is available at no additional cost. CDNs reduce page load times, improve performance, and reduce your bandwidth and infrastructure costs by caching your assets across a set of geographically distributed servers.
A Spaces subscription gives you the ability to create multiple Spaces to use as logical units for segmenting content. Each Space has its own unique URL.
The Spaces URL naming pattern is
spacename is the name of your Space and
region is the region your Space is in.
Ceph is built for redundancy, and we carefully ensure that the loss of a single drive, server, or even an entire data center rack does not compromise data integrity or availability.
Ceph gracefully heals itself when individual components fail, ensuring continuity of service with uncompromised data protection. Additionally, we use sophisticated monitoring systems built around tools including Icinga, Prometheus, and our own open-source
ceph_exporter. These help us respond immediately to any issues with our Ceph infrastructure to ensure continuous availability.
Ceph is also compatible with a large subset of the S3 RESTful API, which allows you to use many familiar tools and commands.
Spaces provides a free, built-in CDN that you can enable with a few clicks. If you’ve enabled the Spaces CDN for your Space, you can access the contents of your Space using the edge URL
<spacename>.<region>.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com instead of the origin URL.
A CDN is a network of edge servers that deliver content to users. Each point of presence (PoP), the location of a group of edge servers, sends content to the users that are physically closest to it.
CDNs help deliver static and dynamic online content faster and more reliably. Because most search engines factor page load time into their algorithm, using a CDN can also provide an SEO advantage. Using a CDN additionally provides a layer of redundancy for websites; a CDN PoP can serve cached content to users even if the origin or other PoPs are down.
You can control how long your CDN content is cached using the TTL settings, either for all the content in your Space or for individual objects. You can similarly choose to purge the cache for the entire Space or individual objects at any time. Each request with a unique URL, including the query string, is treated as a unique asset and has its own cache.
If you don’t want to use the default edge URL, you can use a custom subdomain, like
images.example.com. Subdomains you use with the Spaces CDN must have an SSL certificate for security reasons. If you’ve added your domain to DigitalOcean, you use DigitalOcean’s Let’s Encrypt certificates, which are fully managed and renewed on your behalf every 60 days. You also have the option to manually upload an SSL certificate if you use a different DNS provider or want to upload an existing certificate.
Spaces have the following request rate limits:
750 requests (any operation) per IP address per second to all Spaces on an account
LISTs, and 240 other requests per second to any individual Space
COPYs per 5 minutes on any individual object in a Space
Spaces have the following upload rate limits in AMS3:
Uploading up to 150 GB of data in 24 hours is unthrottled.
If uploads to a Space exceed 150 GB of data in 24 hours, that Space’s upload bandwidth is gradually throttled until its 24-hour accumulated uploads return to 150 GB or less.
If uploads to a Space exceed 270 GB of data in 24 hours, that Space’s upload bandwidth is set to 1 MB/s for the next 24 hours.
Spaces have the following file size limits:
PUT requests can be at most 5 GB
Each part of a multi-part upload can be at most 5 GB
Each part of a multi-part upload must be at least 5 MiB, except for the final part
Multi-part uploads have a 10,000 part limit
The maximum supported total size of a multi-part upload is 5 TB
DigitalOcean’s internal DNS infrastructure has rate limits in place to limit the impact of abusive actors. If you are making a large number of requests, we recommend implementing recursive DNS caching.
Sharing ownership of Spaces is currently per account, not per Space.
While you can set permissions for all the files in a folder, currently you’ll need to use a third-party client to set permissions recursively.
Spaces currently do not support tags.
You cannot delete more than 10,000 files from a Space at once via the control panel. You can use the API or delete fewer files at a time.
The Transmit v. 5.0.5 release solved some compatibility issues, but it is not yet fully compatible with Spaces. Please use Transmit 4 as a workaround.
You cannot secure a CDN’s subdomain with a custom wildcard SSL certificate that is already being used elsewhere in your account. Instead, you’ll need to add a new custom certificate during the custom subdomain set up for your CDN.
If you include a period,
., in the name of a Space, SSL wildcard certificates will not match. We recommend against using periods in the names of Spaces.
If you have a large number of objects or multi-part uploads, you may not be able to view all your objects in the control panel. You can still view all the objects using the Spaces API and s3-compatible tools such as s3cmd or AWS S3.
Space delete actions do not include the correct IP address that conducted the action in an account’s security history.
Uploading hundreds or thousands of files via
cloud.digitalocean.com may not complete reliably. For this use case, use s3cmd or other third-party tools.
In the API,
list-objects-v2 pagination does not work.
Uploading files and folders with spaces in their name is not supported, but when you upload using the drag and drop feature, they will upload successfully.
You cannot currently create wildcard SSL certificates using DigitalOcean’s Let’s Encrypt integration. Instead, choose the Bring your own certificate option to add custom wildcard certificates.
File metadata headers, like
Content-Encoding, are not passed through the CDN. Metadata headers are correctly set when fetching content directly from the origin.
CDN subdomain certificates can silently fail to upload to the CDN on renewal. This causes the CDN to stop serving assets with SSL once the original certificate expires. Additionally, when this happens, you cannot change the invalid certificate in the control panel.
Our engineers are working on a fix for the certificate renewal uploads and a fix in the control panel to support uploading or selecting a different certificate when a renewed certificate upload fails.
We have temporarily disabled the creation of new Spaces in SGP1 while we update capacity in this region.
Spaces are now available in SFO3.
Due to capacity limits in the region, we have disabled the creation of new resources in SFO2 for new customers. Existing customers with resources in SFO2 are unaffected and can still create and destroy resources in SFO2.
We have updated capacity in FRA1 and have resumed the creation of Spaces in that region.
For more information, see all Spaces release notes.