DO Ideas 2

Download snapshot and/or backup

It would be great if we could download a snapshot. I would use snapshot to replicate development environment on my local computer, I believe many others will do the same.

Thanks

  • Vito Meznaric
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Nixon commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 I'd love to be able to download a snapshot or backup to have an offline version

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    It seems like many of these cheap VPS services don't allow you to easily download disk images. I suspect they do this to lock your data away where you must continue paying for it; they want that sweet 20% upcharge for nearly-free file storage. Linode does the same exact thing. I guess I have to look elsewhere if I want to truly control *my* data.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 QQ

  • evilbudz commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    how do we use these files that we download ?? i got the ext4 and vfat and some other and also took image of the whole vda drive so also have whole thing in 1 file, but how do i use this ??

  • Ron commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Also, I'd pay to be able to download the final backup/snapshot. Does that sway you, marketing and sales people? :)

  • Ron commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I'd love to be able to download a snapshot or backup to have an offline version. I upgrade my VMs when a new version of Ubuntu rolls out. I'm fairly efficient with rsync, but to be able to download the final backup and snapshots would provide ease of mind. Also, instead of downloading directly, it'd be advantageous to attach my Google Drive account and "send" the final backup to my Google Drive.

  • Rob Christian commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    More than 15 pages of comments on this and still no response. Maybe I'll consider hosting with someone else...
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16407294

  • brian commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Have we had full radio silence on the behalf of Digital Ocean for years now? It would be good if we knew that it is useless to want this.

  • Sanu commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • d commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • can commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Varun Sridharan (TechNoFreaky) commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • mero commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Flavius commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    so DO,..what are you waiting for?

  • Jarvis Clem Fandango Matthew commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This would be great!

  • Simsso commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Adi commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 for this feature

  • Hitesh Joshi commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Need this!!!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    is this happening?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This should be must feature as there are many scenarios where individual like to keep a backup of the image of project 1, project 2 or project 3 in the local system. scenario 1: what if after 5-10 years I want to use one of the legacy project 2 and I do not keep backup online as I could not see future for that project five years ago so if I downloaded that backup on my local system I can try opening in VM and verify and use that locally before deploying on droplet again.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Please make this available. Even if marketing doesn't want this - I am making a server in the cloud for a reason; DigitalOcean is not my developer _local_ workspace, it is my developer *CLOUD* workspace.

    I just need to be able to have a method of keeping a production system available in a hybrid environment.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Maybe force those who download a snapshot to make it "undeletable" for one month? this way your sales department will allow this feature with 5.5k votes to finally come to life and help us speed things up eh ?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    The issue is. Marketing/Sales department doesn’t want this.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    that could be really great as it would give the option to convert it to a Vagrant image to be used for local development. actually a vagrant<->digitalocean image sync workflow (maybe including the Packer.io tool) would be much much better. :)

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Can we get this?

  • Joe commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any update? It's been 3 years...

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Very very important, we need it also for our organization

  • Bhavya Bansal commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    yes that will definitely help, or to have an api call to do the same

  • edward hiskes commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    If I can't download the ISO and use it elsewhere, I can't use DO as a development environment.

  • Jeremias Araujo commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any update on this? this is a must have feature

  • Randy Ramsaywack commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This is a must have feature to be able to develop locally before uploading to production.

  • Juan Jose commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Yes, i need to make tests on my local environment and then upload to production.

  • Gary commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Yeah... This would be a huge feature. Our company spends about $2,500/m on DO products. Without this feature, we are thinking of just moving to a Hyper-V environment where we can do what we want with our images. Without this, DO is basically giving their customers the middle finger while they collect more money.

  • Sergey Stepanov commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    For me it is powerful future.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I agree, Digital Ocean customer here needing this feature.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    i wish the feature is ready to use....i really need this

  • Kevin Phillips commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would not care if we could upload the snapshot, just let me download and run in VMware.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Man - this has been gathering feedback since 2015. This is a very much needed feature.

  • Ron commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Like another user who triple checks they are destroying the correct droplet, I do this as well. I'd also like to take a final backup and download it locally to ensure I have all my files moved to the new VM.

  • Nick S commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I want this to be implemented. NOW!

  • ImagineCrafting commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    When you take your snapshot, you can download the snapshot. Then, you can delete the snapshot off of DigitalOcean. When you're ready to use the snapshot again, you can upload it to your snapshots list, then be able to boot it up.

    This would reduce that $0.05/GB/mo for snapshots.

    I understand if there is an issue with uploading your own snapshots then booting it up on DigitalOcean's servers, since you would be able to run literally whatever you want on the virtual machine.

    If that is a problem, then there should be an option to send an encrypted version to the user, Digital Ocean would hold the key for the file. When the user wants to upload the file, Digital Ocean would receive it, and if the key fits, it will accept it for a "runnable" machine. In that process, the user would never know the key. The key would be long enough that they couldn't break it (for example) for a year. When that year is up, that key is invalid and the file is no longer acceptable for running on a DigitalOcean server.

    With that, I also think the user should have the option to download their own virtual machine snapshot in plaintext, maybe not necessarily be able to upload their own virtual machine in plaintext (if that is a security issue for you guys).

  • Mick commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Would b a great idea to be able to download all your hard work and use it in another environment, after all I see Ocean as a test environment, but if it lacks the tools to export the images/snapshots then perhaps I shall have to look elsewhere.

    I suppose one thing that might negate this is Ansible or Puppet (Chef etc) where I can keep track of the changes o a standard server and use that to pull one up with the latest config. Of course that does not get me the data files that are amended by the services/application or am I wrong?

  • Mohamed A. Baset commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Why no one is taking this seriously?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I have a droplet with a number of small, low volume domains:

    - 5 Jekyll
    - 11 HTML
    - 12 Rails

    The droplet needs terminating and recreating as a much smaller droplet with a new account owner - it would be much nicer to be able to do this in one process by:

    - snapshotting
    - moving the snapshot to my own server as a VM
    - creating a new DO account
    - moving the VM back to the new account on DO but in a smaller droplet

    instead of having to move the domains one-by-one to my server and back again . .

    ETA for this to be possible? . . doesn't look like any time soon from the comments below . .

    Thanks,
    Phil.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    4 years and 5k+ votes... and I got response from customer service saying, quote:

    "However, we take user feedback very seriously as we want to make the best platform possible. "

    Srsly?!

  • Roman K commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Still not realized...

  • Neil de Haan commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I need this... my Droplet is corrupted and I wanna fix it :(

  • Richard Fink commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Come on! I want control of what I backup. Charge me a 1st month space fee if you want but let me access the snapshot file and download it to my off-site environment. No buts here, this is base line security to take my snapshots off site from where the environment it is running. YOU don't want the liability!

    If snapshots exists in weird far out form that you don't want to touch then produce a user utility that we can run to zip it up and download it. Then you don't have to change a thing in your present storage and file utilization.

  • Tyler Hughes commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    5 years since you said this was on your product roadmap. Exactly how large is that map?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would also like this to be implemented.

  • Sagar Dahal commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Since they're making a lot of money with paid snapshots, they're never going to implement this feature.

  • Joe Dineen commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Guess we are still waiting on this option. The request is falling on deaf ears.

  • Firas commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This feature will add more confidence especially for developers. but for production servers i doubt that it will provide any benefit. but I'm in.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would like this feature also!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Pls!

  • Alexander Mandt commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would really love this feature because I would love to be able to secure my own snapshots personally. Although I know your service is very good, I would love to be able to store my data at my own premise.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Please this!

  • roger pack commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I wish there were at least an option to save your snapshots to oracle cloud archive or backblaze B2 as a "cheaper monthly cost" option :D

  • Marc commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    It's really too bad this isn't an option :-(

  • Davey Hoogland commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Why are you guys not taking this serious?! It shouldn't be too hard in this age to get a download of your image. I can imagine that you will have to set this up at each datacenter, but it will also bring you more money. My buddy wants to cancel his droplet, I would love to take it over, but how....

  • SAD USER commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN DUDE...

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Dont think this is EVER going to happen.. 4 years later :(

  • Eric Liang commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would definitely love to see this feature especially when I want to test things out on a copy of my production server, but offline via virtual machine would be a enormous benefit. Although, I don't know how much resources you guys at DO will have to account for to make this feature worth the investment though.

  • Azat commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Giving me the ability to download my data protects me and my investment. Not having this option really says that DO doesn't care about protecting my investment. Therefore, this is a must have in my opinion.

    I've come to expect complete control over my data from all providers that host personal data of any kind. If DO decided to delete my droplet for whatever reason I would be SOL. So would anyone else.

    In the mean time, I found this little trick to be very useful for backing up your Droplet.

    If you are on a Windows machine you can use Cygwin/Bash for this (make sure you download the SSH librarys during installation on Cygwin). If you are on *nix machine, you can do this from the CLI / terminal.

    First type: df -h

    You will see a line that looks something like this:
    /dev/disk/by-label/DOROOT 30G 28G 33M 100% /

    My droplet disk size is 30GB, so I know this is the disk I want to backup. So I copy the path to the DOROOT file like this:

    Type: cd /dev/disk/by-label/
    Type: ls -l

    You will see that DOROOT is a symlink to ../../vda1 (but yours may be different)

    So /dev/vda1 is my primary disk that I want to backup.

    From my local machine, I run the following command to download the entire disk image to a .gz file:

    ssh user@domain "dd if=/dev/vda1 | gzip -1 -" | dd of=image.gz

    From there I can write this to another *nix machine, mount it, extract the files from it, etc.

  • roger pack commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This would be perfect, especially for longer term backups, now that DO charges for the disk space for backups.
    Thanks!

  • Frank commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Definitely would LOVE this feature!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3 WEEE NEEEEED IT

  • sergio commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3. We need this ASAP!

  • Senica Gonzalez commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Hi everyone. A few users have touched on it but I wanted to draw some legal attention to the issue. Law firms such as DLA Piper are making pushes to ensure that a users "personal" data is easily transferrable. I think this is especially true for a paid service. I'm not sure if "personal" data would constitute a snapshot or droplet image or not.

    The section of data portability touches on it a bit here: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjV7Yyg2OTPAhUCjVQKHY_zCG4QFggqMAI&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dlapiperdataprotection.com%2Fsystem%2Fmodules%2Fza.co.heliosdesign.dla.lotw%2Ffunctions%2Fexport.pdf%3Fcountry%3Dall&usg=AFQjCNGuT8gKmg_0ejDLkWf3nmivUYWGvw&sig2=QaX2uS232IVgx75DJ3cHDg&bvm=bv.135974163,d.cGw&cad=rja

  • Patrick commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Yeah buddy!!!

  • Paolo commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I have a new customer on DO and we created a snapshot yesterday to download. We couldn't and I found this thread. I'll advise other customers to steer clear from DO and go to other services. Hopefully you'll add this functionality. Ask us to pay the bandwidth if you have to, no problem with that.

  • Алексей Черемискин commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3 !!!

  • Cameron Jones commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 and counting. I think this is urgent right now, because you are billing for it.

    Hello, is somebody listening?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1. This is so basic there is no reason for it not to already exist except to take people's money with the new Snapshot charging

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Fred commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Absolutely this is a very important feature that should be added ASAP. Specially now that Images are being charged. If one can stare images locally will be much easier to re deploy new droplets.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would like to suggest that we should have the snapshots downloading to our local machine from digtial ocean panel or can implement to other cloud service provider otherwise should not charge the snapshots usage on digitalocena panel

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This feature needs to be addressed before charges start applying.

    Can we expect a release over the next three weeks or will the charges be pushed back to accomodate this?

  • Leandro commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Hi, I believe that before charging users for the stored snapshots, we users have to had a way to download the snapshot for eventual future use...

    Charging without giving an option to download the snapshot doesn't´ seems right to me...

    Other than that I just love the service and the customer treatment!

  • Mike commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Hi DO, any update on this suggestion? With the updated pricing and many many customers that are wanting this, it would be nice to know if this is actually a feature in progress.

  • Sunjay Varma commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Suddenly rolling out billing for snapshots and backups without this feature is a real slap in the face. We as users are stuck between deleting our data or suddenly having to pay fees we weren't informed of when we were starting to use the feature. You're putting us in a corner with a gun to our heads asking us to pay.

    A better response would be to grandfather the backups and snapshots from before this was announced. Then if we want to actively use them, charge us monthly.

    Being able to download snapshots and backups is a must no matter what. At least the grandfathering would make it so that we the users aren't negatively impacted by the gaps in your features.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Jose commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    And also restore a droplet from a local snapshot

  • Matthew Hatcher commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I believe that this is necessary for those of us who do not want to pay for the monthly fee. I have snapshots of servers that have a lot of user data on them, and I don't want to lose that...but at the same time I can't download it. So I'm left with no options which actually turns me off to Digital Ocean, they're forcing us into that option; and I can't respect them for that.

  • Bob L commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Given the recent change to charge for storing snapshots, I have no desire for a monthly nuisance fee that will amount to under $1/month. Downloading snapshots and uploading them again would be a reasonable workaround, but alas, that's not available either. Droplets are cheap and effective, but with the new charge and the inability to download the snapshot, I will start using them only for new test code and leave my pre-defined VMs to other services for now.

  • Matt Beall commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Dario Delle Donne (3DDario) commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45
  • Amr commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I just requested this from the support and said I have to make a suggestion.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Preston commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I just came here to make this exact suggestion. Even if the file you download can't be edited in normal means, as long as it can be re-uploaded and used to restore a droplet, that's all that's necessary.

  • David commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Since you're going to start charging for snapshots, give us the ability to download and upload them so that we can store them offsite.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Hi DO. Mind to provide a tentative feedback to this request? After the notice on the charges for the snapshot? This will be helpful

  • Luka commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I don't believe that this will be implemented ever. No money for snapshots then

  • Luca Weiss commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This is important before we are charged for snapshots!

  • Josh Parker commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

    This currently limiting my desire to expand

  • Bevan commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Since this is effectively lock-in, I won't use Digital Ocean again until this is fixed.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Lucas commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would love to be able to do this!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Very true, especially now that DigitalOcean is planning to charge for snapshots, this would allow offline storage of them, even if their own use was to be uploaded again (due to proprietor format perhaps).
    It is hard to imagine a technical reason to not allow this feature.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I'd add to this the ability to delete the snapshot from DO after it's been downloaded, with the option to upload it in the future and spin it up.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +10

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3

  • Thomas Edwards commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Occasionally I want my own personal backup of my droplets or I wish to move them elsewhere, say to a local server.

  • Marco Colli commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 It's also a **security measure**: it allows off-site data protection!

  • Ben Yanke commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Being able to download or upload a DO droplet to run locally on my LAN would be amazing and make it even more of a cool service than it already is!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3 This would greatly improve the dev process

  • Mijo commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3

  • Evangelos Mouzakitis commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3

  • arjjuna commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This feature is required for us as we would like to move a droplet to a new team account.

  • Luigi Bufalino commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    It would be great to export the VM to an OVA or something similar to be able to copy the development project to our production hosts or just to have an offsite backup of the droplet itself.

  • Răzvan-Sebastian Botez commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    While I understand the whole idea behind keeping DigitalOcean as simple as possible, importing/exporting a droplet shouldn't be seen as a bells and whistles type of feature, but a rather mundane one.

    All the reasons behind why this is a good idea are contained in the comments below, so no point repeating everything here.

  • ellvtr commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I my case it would also be in order to save costs - if I have a droplet that I am not using for a while, I could download it and delete the one in the cloud. When I resume using it later, I can upload it again. That would save me the cost of having an idle droplet in the cloud.

    And naturally, for replicating cloud servers locally for development / trouble shooting.

  • Kamen Angelov commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Alright! Yes, please! I want that too. And be able to upload one of my virtual machine for the cloud as well.

  • George commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    need this!

  • Daoud B. commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    We need certainly this feature, so we could test it localy or reuse it to create same environment and configuration on local, waiting for it!

  • Chris B. commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    While there are other methods to accomplish this, the backup button is a welcome addition and it would be amazing if it were possible to download , For example a tarballs of a complete system back up and even more amazing if the possibility existed to back up via a button on the user access the home directories and maybe, for example, /var/www. I understand that it is possible most/some users won't have the disk space available on their droplets for these back ups so a feature that would also be welcome is a) if the back ups were not counted toward disk space allocation and or limited to only one or two backup files / a certain quantity of disk space allocated or b) this were made a paid feature

  • Digital D commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Good idea

  • KeitelDOG commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3 for this one. I have a Staging Server, and soon I will have a Production Server as the exact same configuration. But my development environment differ, so it will for sure speed up my performance and my Integration tests if my Dev env was the same as my Staging.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 for this

  • George commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I need this badly too.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    For ex. Using snapshot for Vagrant would be cool.

  • Oscar Salvador Magallanes commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1! waiting for it!

  • Kristjan Kullerkann commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Would be nice.

  • Ramesh Dahiya commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Downloading/Restoring of snapshot is very helpful, this would help us to create same environment on local for development and testing purpose.

    Also I would like to restores downloaded snapshots. There were a time, when we don't require a server to continue anymore. So we take full backup and drop it. However a download of snapshot will really helpful.

  • Ivan Stojkovic commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I am for this feature as well!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    It would be great to just be able to create a snapshot that is a VM for VirtualBox. so we could download and test locally the same environment.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    i can give 1usd per snapshot to download

  • tgwaste commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    If you have enough space you can back up byte-for-byte and download the dump:

    dump -0f - / > /tmp/sys.dump ; gzip /tmp/sys.dump

  • Oscar Sanchez commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This would be amazing to have, Both enviroment equal for developers.

  • Dave commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    A definite necessity

  • budiantoip commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Absolutely, it will be very useful :)

  • Ed commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Yes please. This would be amazing to have.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +10.000 really a basic feature that should be implemented !

  • Ernst Mayerhofer commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +10000 we need this urgently.

  • Charlie Mitchell commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3 Need this. Also, It would be nice if they were under version control. This way we could download new snapshots as a diff of the current (local) snapshot. Saves us time, saves Digital Ocean Network resources. 8GB Snapshot -> Megabytes.

  • Reyner Herrpinark commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3 All the development community would apreciate this amazing feature. Does anyone knows about another VPS service provider that has this amazing stuff implemented? ;)

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    ++++ 100000

  • Vladimir Usychenko commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1, waiting for it

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Very much would like this to test out and/or make local backups of production VM's

  • Serge Krul commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Very much needed and appreciated.

  • Jeff commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1!

  • JA commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This is currently the fourth highest voted product request and it's been in Gathering Feedback status for ten months, more than three years after it was suggested. Moises Uretsky, where is this at on the roadmap? We need a solid answer.

  • David commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would really like to see this feature.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Nikolas commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This will be great and very useful feature!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Essential feature on a hosting of this kind where VMs are intended to last only for a limited time or to be used just for development. Please!!!!!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Still waiting!!! +3

  • Troy Wolf commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This would be fantastic. Right now I'm getting ready to create a new Ubuntu vm in VirtualBox and go through all the configuration to get it looking like my DO droplet. I would SO rather just download my DO snapshot and spin up a local vm using it.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • wiki commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I need this feature

  • Eliezer Rodriguez commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 Also would like to see this feature.

  • SteinarV commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Come on... this is important

  • ebuzer taha kanat commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Are We There Yet?

  • Saman commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 It would be very interesting feature.

  • jjyepez commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1
    This is very necessary for administration tasks.

  • dm commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    RE:
    lailai commented · July 27, 2015 17:36
    This has been "soon to come" for over 3 years. Seriously, guys. This is essential.

    It has been 3 years and Digital Ocean still doesn't have this feature. Really?

  • dm commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This is a MUCH needed feature.

    You should allow users to be able to download and export a copy of their droplets. This would make it easy to deploy droplets to multiple Digital Ocean servers.

  • Azat commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    It is really missing

  • SwayPC commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    We will like to test our system in a production environment by downloading the image of the server and be able to run it in a Hyper-V or VMware data center. Thanks

    SwayPC Team.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Yup, this. I really don't want to have to dd over a vpn to create a disc image for local testing.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    WRITEN ON MARCH 20, 2012.
    CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?

    Moisey Uretsky (Head of Product, DigitalOcean) commented · March 20, 2012 19:11
    This is part of our product roadmap.

    Image portability both to and from our service is one of the keys that we are working on.

    The image download may be the first we offer after our authorization system is built in.

    In the future users will also be able to share public images with the community and everyone can comment on them.

  • Dan P. Smith commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Every difference between production and development is a liability. How are you supposed to go to production with confidence if you cannot test against an exact replica before deployment?

  • Ralph commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Still no progress, this functionality was promised to be implemented "in the near future" 3 years ago… I guess that the the normal future @ DA mean 30 years later ?

    The ability to download snapshots would certainly pop up DA reviews. :)

  • LuckyShot commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Still waiting for this!! Come on DigitalOcean!!

  • lai commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This has been "soon to come" for over 3 years. Seriously, guys. This is essential.

  • David Mackey commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Would love to see this happen!

  • Dustin commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    An update on this from the DO product development team would be great.

  • Otabek commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    It'll be great if you add this functionality ASAP.

    Thanks!

  • kvermeer commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Please add this. While I understand that you probably have more backup infrastructure than most, I would prefer to have a copy on our backup server in addition to yours.

    Also, the ability to download AND UPLOAD snapshots will be critical once you get around to charging for snapshots.

    Replicating a dev environment locally is just a side benefit.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Please add this.

  • David Gil Pérez commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Considering moving out due to lack of response to this.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3

    I would defenitely appreciate if I could replicate my machine anywhere else. I wonder why this is not implemented yet.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3

  • Deepankar Raizada commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    As a developer this is a critical functionality to have a replica of your production environment.

  • Chris commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    With the recent changes to how backups work I can not test as often without the fear of something breaking. If we can download snapshots (which we are paying for) it would help so much.

    It's been 2+ years since this was promised and we are all still waiting for some communication.

  • Sam commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    THIS IS digitalocean WAY IN KEEPING THE CUSTOMER LOCKED IN!!! they are afraid that it will be easy for a user to move onto another provider if he has his own image. lot of customers will prefer to stay with them to avoid the headache of doing the whole server setup all over with another provider.

    this is total bul****t !!!

    i will NEVER register with a company that uses its customers as MILKY COWS !!

  • Daison Carino commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I'm really interested about this, as a developer we should have our own backup, we should be able to download our snapped shot vm image file.

    So that anytime or in the future, we could upload the same file as is. Hoping a download and upload of our image vm files.

  • Aditya Nag commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any updates on this one? It's only been 2 years since you promised this...

  • Walt Spence commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I completely agree with this. I use DO for my dev environments. Would like to be able to download a snapshot image and throw it on a drive here at the office.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This would be an absolutely phenomenal feature. I will leave any service provider to join whichever service offers this feature first. It's that important.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    PLEASE - you have been promising this for at least two years. Are you just promising this.... without any plans to really do it. How about a straight answer from someone at the CEO level - not some engineer.

  • Anonymous Luke commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Please implement, just signed up today and was rediculously impressed with performance and price, but and am gonna have to move to another provider just for this function :(

  • Alex Bass commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Etel (mod) [November 26, 2012] - "Unfortunately we do not currently offer a way to download snapshots or backups. However this is a feature that we are going to implement in the future."

    We have been waiting for this for too long and you guys said they were coming 3 years ago :/

  • Tyler Sowers commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I agree with the previous poster. Why on earth is DigitalOcean completely stalling on anything having to do with uploading/downloading of images? It's really scary that people have been asking for this so long and there hasn't been so much of a peep from them. Topics like this have the most votes of any in the user-voice forums. What's the point of user-voice if you don't actually do any of the top voted ideas? At least communicate with your customers and let us know what's going on.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This is a key feature. Why is Digitalocean stalling on this issue. Is this forum even relevant?

  • Tyler Sowers commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any updates?

  • Scott Gordon commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 this would be extremely useful

  • Cesar commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any news on this? Or at least a guide that would help us go from stock Ubuntu 14 to a typical droplet would be a good start.

  • Jon commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 - I'm actually surprised this approach isn't completely standard.

  • GANJAR commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Simon Bannister commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This is a must for us. Please crack on with this guys!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +100500

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I think this will be easier to accomplish when we open up image snapshots to be downloaded, then you can snapshot your DO droplet and use any number of local applications to create a virtual system on your local machine.

  • DOCustomer commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any news on this yet? It was planned for May 2013

  • Andrey commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • The UnF commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Please update when this would be avaliable

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Definitely something I'd need

    Would appreciate it to be compatible with virtualbox

  • Dannystyle commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Yeah! Would extremely useful with an option for using snapshot via vagrant.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I need it !! +3

  • Maynick commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    It would be amazing to have the ability to download a snapshot and/or backup. That would allow more "risky" development to be done internally on a VM and once validated committed to the public facing droplet. It amazes me that this is not currently an option. I would even be comfortable with a small fee for use of this service, such as $3/month or $.05/GB of download.

    My next project will not start will with a DO droplet. It will start internally so that I am not shackled.

    Ball is in your court DO. At time of post over 2,400 votes have been made for this.

  • Chris Steurer commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    All this talk, but where is the progress at? This would be a killer feature, even if they limited the number that you can download per/day or whatever to keep their bandwidth under control.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    slaves

  • joe commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3 would be very useful to develop on a local machine :)

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    We need to store a local backup of the droplet/snapshot. I cannot see the reason why you have not made a solution to this topic, as it has been a relevant topic for a long time. This is making it very difficult for your customers.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    We need to store local backups for retention policies. Do we have an ETA with this?

  • Chema Gallego commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I need it !! +3

  • Cagatay Belgen commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I am with DO forever if they allow upload/download snapshot

  • Ralph commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +++ Download-Upload of Droplet would be really awsome :)

  • Luiz Cubas commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3

  • Alex Silcock commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Can we have an update on this? The last update was over 2 years ago.

  • Roger Qiu commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Yes please! Downloading backups is necessary!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +3

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    We are going to merge this under allowing customers to download their snapshots and backups because then you can just transfer that disk anywhere and mount it.

    Implementing an entire mounting system elsewhere would add a ton of complexity into how images are currently handled between the storage systems and hypervisors, but with the ability to download snapshots and backups you could then transfer them anywhere, mount as needed, and recover any individual files that you need.

    Thanks!

  • Phil Taul commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I second this feature and think the ability to easily download a vhd or some sort of image file should be implemented. You could add it as a paid feature and charge for the ability I am sure anyone who would like this feature would gladly pay a few extra bucks a month.

  • Chris Riley commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Given this has been a year, it may not be "dead" but seems to be on life support. ;-)

  • patte commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would be happy to pay for every backup that I download, or subscribe for a download backup plan, if this is a capitalism problem. I just want to have the files on my disk and be able to explore them.

  • Alex Kinnee commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This is really a must have feature. The downloadable snapshots also need to be in a format which I can use to replicate the environment using some commercially available hypervisor, like VMWare or Virtualbox.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    They have said it on the website that they will add this in.
    So there is nothing naive here.

    Waiting for you DO :D Keep up the good work.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    you guys are so naive. IF they do this feature - people would stop paying for snapshots\backups.
    This is how they make money on cloud by NOT providing such feature.
    Besides - many users can't easily migrate away from DO if they can just export the whole thing. Not everyone use Chief or Puppet scripts.

    Don't believe DO ever provides ability not to pay for their backups\snapshots

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    make it happen, take my money

  • Kyle commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Yep this would be very useful, +1 from me.

  • Necolas Hamwi commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1 i'm checking this page almost daily! :P
    Love this feature!

  • Fábio Pedrosa commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    No news on this? the most relevant feature many would say.

  • Marcio Pires Jr commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Good question, Rhys Hudson... Any update on this, D.O.?

  • wizechatmgr commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    One step further, how about allowing us to export and import them so that we can work on them locally and upload the full vm or a diff file of changes...

  • Rhys Hudson commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any update on this?

  • Pavel Shpak commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Does anybody know when this feature will be provided?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Until DO develops this feature I'm sticking with my current VPS provider. They also lack this feature, which forces me to make all server changes on a live environment. Not good. :-(
    I'd LOVE to be able to test my changes on a local copy of the droplet, before comitting the same changes to the live version of the droplet.

    I'm OK with not being abakle to upload the droplet after I've made local changes to it, but when downloading of droplets is availabled I'll comerunning to DO :-)

    Please make this happen.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I have moved one of my web sites to Digital Ocean, but will only move the rest once I become able to download my backups.

  • Антон Подчасов commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I need this too.

  • Fiblan commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1

  • Axsiom Support commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any updates on this?

  • mike commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Very useful feature.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    +1, would be a great feature, would improve our dev workflow immensely.

  • Biji commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    ok this launch beta feature please

  • Nico commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    ++++

  • MODXклуб Москва commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Needs not only download, but migration ability too. I want to send my images to another users and without ticket in support.

  • Jesse commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    When this feature is implemented I'd love to see guides on running the image locally and uploading images that were changed locally - could speed up testing process incredibly.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    How is this coming? I cant wait for this :D

  • Alexander Semion commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Good feature that is extreamly needen

  • peter commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    If you make this i will move all my servers to DO!

  • peter commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Yes make IT!!!!!!!!

  • Terry commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Downloading and uploading snapshots of VMs can be very useful feature.

  • Sairam commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    May be DigitalOcean could adopt docker . Docker.io , Linux in a container.

  • Mikhail Emelchenkov commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Two factors that prevent me from using DO:
    1. Lack of Amsterdam droplets.
    2. This issue. An ability to download snapshots/backups is a must-have. I develop the topic: it even could be downloaded not to a local computer, but directly to another server as well. I mean, it could be protected Amazon S3 link, for example, or similar.

    When?

  • Emil commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any news?

  • Alexandre Ubaldo commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    That is a great idea.

  • Mansab Uppal commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Having a backup at hand, could be a good option for user's peace of mind :)

  • Nemanja Andrejevic commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Any update on this feature?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    maybe compress the snapshot (tgz/zip/etc) so it will be smaller in size, i am sure not many people use the full sdd space allocated to the droplet

  • Bernhard Obermoser commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    this is a fantastic idea! :-)

  • Rhys Hudson commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Do we have an ETA on this?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would like the idea of download/upload snapshot. Will be very very usefull.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    The snapshot download should be applicable to backup images as well and they will be in a KVM supported format so you'll be able to mount them, export them to other providers, and so forth.

  • Nicholas Kourtzis commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Moisey, do you expect us to also be able to download droplet backups (say, in order to extract specific files/directories)?

  • Adhidarma Hadiwinoto commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I'm waiting for this feature

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    That is correct we use KVM for virtualization.

    This is planned however there are a few logistical hurdles we need to get past first.

  • Main Voxiness commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Would be so great if digitalocean tutorials could be bundled with an official snashot : want server X to do Y -> follow tutorial or simply build new droplet with image

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    UNF, pretty sure they are using KVM, so you could use the image in any modern Linux Kernel virt environment.

  • SP commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Download/Upload, or anything from this is must have!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I'd actually like to do the opposite... Upload an image...

  • The UnF commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Not sure about the compatibility of it. I´m sure it´s not like an VMWare Player or Oracle VirtualBox, neither only a Xen image.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Couple of other items are taking a higher priority which we hope to announce soon that will clear up alot of bandwidth on our end and then we hope to start making more head way on the requested features.

  • Rhys Hudson commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This would be a total life saver! Also some of my clients cant run VPS with you because they need local backups for retention policies. Do we have an ETA with this?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I would like this feature too - downloading snapshots and backups.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    i would like image download ability also

  • Ciaro commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    @Moisey: perfect! I made a ticket with this request. Thanks a bunch!

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    We don't have an eta on this yet, but you can move a snapshot between two accounts just open a support ticket and we'll move it to another account that you request.

    Thanks

  • Ciaro commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    I'm currently in need to use a snapshot between two DO accounts. The ability to download and upload images would make this possible. Any eta on this?

  • Austin commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Would like this feature too.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Not sure what you mean by uploading/restoring the local backup to DO?

  • vsbalingan commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Just to clarify, how about uploading/restoring the local backup to DO?

  • Kroeze Jordy commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    And upload them so you can easy give it to friends

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Thats a great suggestion about also opening that up through the API.

  • Santhan commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    Not just download links, but also a way to access backups/snapshots via the api. We want to move our backups/snapshots to a 3rd party service.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    We will be providing download links to your backups and snapshots in the future.

    This will be released later in 2.0.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:45

    This is part of our product roadmap.

    Image portability both to and from our service is one of the keys that we are working on.

    The image download may be the first we offer after our authorization system is built in.

    In the future users will also be able to share public images with the community and everyone can comment on them.