DigitalOcean Kubernetes

Kubernetes in minutes

Managed Kubernetes designed for simple and cost effective container orchestration.

Simple, Managed Kubernetes

  • Free Master Node
  • Release Faster
  • Scale Automatically
  • Increase Availability
  • Application Portability
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Designed for developers and operators

Provision and deploy to your Kubernetes cluster in minutes


Develop and iterate more rapidly with easy application deployment, release updates, and management of your apps and services.

Resource Efficiency

Kubernetes knows the compute, memory, and storage resources each application needs and schedules instances across the cluster to maximize resource efficiency.

Streamline Operations

Automate application deployments, monitoring, instance replication, cluster scheduling, and seamless application releases.

High Availability

Kubernetes routinely checks the health of your applications to detect and replace instances that are not responsive.


Use the Kubernetes Horizontal Pod Autoscaler to add instances of your application services as needed to meet demand.


Applications deployed to DigitalOcean Kubernetes can run anywhere Kubernetes is supported, making it easy to deploy across environments and clouds

Scaling all kinds of applications

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Web Apps

Deploy your web applications to DigitalOcean Kubernetes for easier scaling, higher availability, and lower costs.  And use Kubernetes to release new versions seamlessly.

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API and Backend Services

Use DigitalOcean Kubernetes to deploy, scale, and manage the services that power your applications.  From authentication to message queues to custom app logic, deploying to Kubernetes provides the portability, availability, and efficiency for your services.

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Run GitLab core components on DigitalOcean Kubernetes to manage your development lifecycle, or just the Gitlab Runners to easily scale your build and integration pipeline.

Features to accelerate releases

Full Kubernetes API

When you provision a DigitalOcean Kubernetes cluster, we spin up a kubernetes control plane and provide an endpoint to use with the kubectl CLI or any Kubernetes ecosystem tool.

Kubernetes in minutes

Choose the types of worker nodes you’d like, the data center where you’d like to run, and provision your own cluster in minutes.  Download your kubeconfig file to start using through the kubectl command-line.

Managed Services

DigitalOcean continuously monitors your Kubernetes Control Plane to make sure you are always able to access and deploy to your cluster.

Open API

Seamlessly integrates with your existing tooling and workflows.   The DigitalOcean API makes it easy to create, update and manage your cluster through our API.

Guided Configuration

We'll walk you through the steps to easily connect to your cluster, deploy an application, and add additional resources like storage and load balancers.

Global Availability

Spin up a cluster in locations such as New York, San Francisco, London, Frankfurt, or Bangalore.

NEW! Autoscaling

Ensure fast performance and control costs by letting DigitalOcean Kubernetes automatically adjust the number of nodes in your cluster.

NEW! Auto Upgrades

Schedule automatic updates of your clusters to new versions of Kubernetes, so you can utilize enhancements to the orchestration platform.

Start fast with Kubernetes 1-Click Apps

Deploy complex software packages to your clusters in a single click. Install ops tools to facilitate monitoring, performance, logging, or security. Or, up-level your clusters into developer-friendly platforms or consumer apps.

See it in action

Learn how to quickly and easily spin up a Kubernetes cluster.


Kubernetes Resource Center

Learn more about building and deploying microservices with a robust library of Kubernetes assets.

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CNCF Certified

DigitalOcean is a gold sponsor of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), of which Kubernetes is a Graduated Project. DigitalOcean Kubernetes is certified as part of the CNCF Certified Kubernetes Conformance Program. This means you can easily migrate your existing cluster to DigitalOcean.

Integrated insights & alerting

Understand Kubernetes deployment status, resource usage, and errors so that you can efficiently size, scale, and tune your cluster.

Use Kubernetes Tooling

With full Kubernetes API support, scale with the growing Kubernetes ecosystem

DigitalOcean Kubernetes Pricing

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DigitalOcean Kubernetes includes a master server instance for free.  

Pricing for Kubernetes workloads is based on actual usage by the applications you deploy to your cluster.  This includes Droplets, and may include persistent Block Storage, and Load Balancers.

Learn more on our pricing page

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No costs to manage your Kubernetes workloads. Droplets are your worker nodes, with some of the best performance and pricing available.

Simple, Managed Kubernetes

  • Release Faster
  • Scale Automatically
  • Increase Availability
  • Application Portability
  • Lower Costs
Get started