Simple, predictable pricing

Always know what you'll pay with monthly caps and flat pricing.


Always more cost effective than hyperscalers, DigitalOcean delivers optimal performance and transparent pricing.

For a variety of ISV applications, DigitalOcean is consistently less expensive than AWS. Eliminate surprise fees and hard-to-estimate usage costs such as data egress or storage performance. Always know what you pay with monthly caps and flat pricing on DigitalOcean. Learn more about DigitalOcean Kubernetes or check out our DigitalOcean Kubernetes product documentation.

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Variable workloads

  • Free inbound data transfer
  • Free outbound data transfer starting at 2,000 GiB/month with a $0.01/GiB overage charge

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Dedicated CPU

  • Includes everything in Basic node
  • Choose Premium CPU-Optimized for up to 10 Gbps outbound data transfer
  • 2 GiB RAM per CPU
  • Lower cost per dedicated vCPU

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General purpose


Dedicated CPU

  • Includes everything in Basic node
  • 4 GiB RAM per CPU
  • Optimal for a wide range of workloads

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Dedicated CPU

  • Includes everything in Basic node
  • 8 GiB RAM per CPU
  • Great for resource intensive and high performing applications

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Dedicated CPU

  • Includes everything in Basic node
  • Guaranteed NVMe
  • 225 GiB Storage per CPU (1.5x SSD)
  • Up to -∞ TiB of local storage
  • Low latency
  • High number of IOPS
  • Capture large amounts of data

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Premium CPU-optimized


Dedicated CPU

  • Includes everything in Basic node
  • 96 GiB 48 vCPUs
  • 11,000 GiB transfer
  • 600 GiB NVMe SSD
  • Low latency

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DOKS pricing benefits

That's right — the DigitalOcean control plane is free

Run your Kubernetes clusters on the powerful DOKS control plane and add the High Availability to the control plane for only $40/month. The DigitalOcean Container Registry is also free up to 500MiB, updates are free, and our autoscaler is free.

Free pooled bandwidth monthly

Get free bandwidth based on the nodes you use, starting at 2,000 GiB/node per month and scaling up. Bandwidth pooling lets you add all your nodes free bandwidth together to increase your free allowance. Plus, a $0.01/GiB overage keeps costs low if you go over. Only outgoing transfers are billed; internal transfers are free.

Pay only for the virtual machines, storage, and services — and get Kubernetes management for free

We charge only for underlying resources like:

Automate and optimize to peak performance and savings

Kubernetes automation like advanced scheduling and autoscaling help you get the most out of your infrastructure, hands free. Unused resources can be automatically deleted and you can have more pods automatically created to meet spiking demand.

Kubernetes specific questions

Do you charge for the control plane?

No, DigitalOcean Kubernetes provides the control plane for free. This includes management for processes like etcd, kube-apiserver, kube-controller-manager, kube-scheduler, cloud-controller-manager, and other services.

Is the control plane highly available?

You can add High Availability to the control plane for only $40/month. Learn how to create a HA DOKS cluster.

What's the cluster size for the pricing displayed above?

All pricing on this page is for a single node. The price goes up as you increase the number of nodes in your cluster.

For example, the price of one node that uses a general-purpose Droplet with 8 GiB of RAM is $63/month. If you increase the cluster size to 3 of those nodes, then the price would be $189/month. We recommend using a minimum of two nodes to prevent downtime during upgrades or maintenance.

Can I add block storage to my clusters?

Yes, when you need to write and access persistent data in a Kubernetes cluster, you can add DigitalOcean Volumes Block Storage to your cluster, which starts at $10/month. Learn how to add block storage to a Kubernetes cluster.

Can I add a Load Balancer to my cluster?

Yes, you can add DigitalOcean Load Balancer to your cluster for just $12/month. Learn how to add a Load Balancer to your Kubernetes cluster.

How much does bandwidth cost?

The bandwidth for Kubernetes cluster worker nodes is charged at the same rate as Droplet bandwidth pricing: You get free outbound data transfer, starting at 2,000GiB/month and can pool together the bandwidth from your Droplets even if they are internal facing to increase your bandwidth pool. Learn more about Droplets and bandwidth.

How do I choose the right node or Droplet(VM) for my cluster?

We recommend sizing your node to your workload and scheduling your workload to the appropriate size Droplet. How to choose the right Droplet for your purpose.

Frequently asked questions

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, Google Pay, and Apple Pay. Apple pay requires a Safari browser. For additional payment options, including wire transfer, purchase orders, and ACH, please contact us. Note that when you add a card, we may send a temporary pre-authorization request to the issuing bank. This pre-authorization charge is immediately released by DigitalOcean but may take a few days to clear from your card depending on the bank.

When will my card be charged?

DigitalOcean billing cycles are monthly. Typically, on the first day of each month we invoice and automatically charge your account's primary payment method for the previous month's usage. In some cases, we might charge if your usage exceeds a threshold. You can also login and self pay the balance at any time.

Am I charged when I enter my credit card?

No. Your card is only charged at the end of the billing cycle or upon exceeding a usage threshold. Pre-authorization charge: When you add a card, we may send a preauthorization request to the issuing bank. This is to verify that the card being added has been issued by the bank and that they will authorize any charges in future. These temporary pre-authorizations are typically $1 but can vary in range and are immediately canceled by us. Depending on your bank, it might take a few days for the charge to clear from the card.

Will taxes be included in my monthly invoice?

We're required by law to apply taxes in some countries. Click here to learn whether we collect taxes in your country, what the tax rate is, etc.

Why am I billed for powered off Droplets?

When you power off your Droplet, you are still billed for it. This is because your disk space, CPU, RAM, and IP address are all reserved, even while powered off. Therefore, charges are made until you destroy the instance.

How do I destroy my resources?

Check out the docs to learn how to destroy Droplets, Kubernetes clusters, Managed Databases clusters (PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis), Spaces, Volumes , Firewalls , and Load Balancers.

Can I be notified if my bill exceeds a threshold?

Yes, you can set up billing alerts and we will email you if the monthly spending exceeds an amount you specify.

What if I use my Droplet for less than a month, would I still be charged for the whole month?

You will never be billed more than the monthly cost of your Droplet. All Droplets are billed hourly up to a monthly cap of 672 hours (the number of hours in 4 weeks). If you use your server for fewer than 672 hours during the month, you will be billed for each hour that you used it. If you use your server for more than 672 hours that month, you will be billed at the monthly cost. For example, if you spin up a $10/mo Droplet and use it for 336 hours, then you would be charged $5 (going by the hourly rate). If you use that Droplet for 700 hours, then you would be charged $10 (capped at the monthly rate).

I spun up a $4 Droplet, but my monthly bill is more than $4. Why is that?

Our pricing is based on a single Droplet. You may have created additional resources and this could be the reason for the higher bill. You can check your bill in the control panel to get details on the various resources you are using. If you need help, please contact support.

I got a $200 credit when I opened an account. When will my card be charged?

Your card will be charged only after you have utilized the free credits. For example, if you received a $200 credit for 60 days, then that $200 credit is automatically applied to your account. If you spend $25 in that timeframe, then your card will not be charged. If you spend $300, then the $200 credit would be fully utilized and your card will be charged only $100. Since the credit is valid for 60 days, you won't be able to use any remaining credit after 60 days.

What's the price for the Marketplace 1-Click Apps?

We charge you for the underlying compute on which the 1-Click Apps runs.

How do I remove my card from the account?

To remove a saved payment method, visit the products billing page and click the … menu of the payment method, then click Delete. In the Confirm Delete Card window that opens, click Delete to remove the card. You cannot remove the default payment method on the account.

Can I prepay for my resources?

If you are interested in prepayment for resources, contact our experts.

Can I have a refund?

We do not offer refunds. If there are extenuating circumstances, contact support.

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