DO Ideas 2

Share an Image w/Another Account

It'd be really nice to be able to share images (i.e. snapshots that we've taken) with other accounts by "inviting" them, or simply entering in their DigitalOcean e-mail address, which would then send them an e-mail letting them know (or perhaps a special DO pin #). This would especially be useful if you're working with a developer/administrator or even a business partner and you want to share a setup/configuration.

As an example, we just configured a rather time consuming LNVMP stack (CentOS, NGINX, Varnish, MySQL, PHP-FPM) and to prevent us from having to continually do the exact same setup on every single server, we took a snapshot so we could rapidly deploy it. The issue here is that only I have access to this snapshot; if I could "share" it with others who also manage deployments, they too could use it and thus speed up future deployments.

  • Jonathan Tittle
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Troy Green commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Any update on this? I'm also very interested in this option.

  • Nerd Uno commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    It's been OVER 4 YEARS now since public sharing of DO images was promised. Any chance this is coming before the next Ice Age??

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Really need to do this.

  • Gen commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    I need this

  • Vinny commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Wow, I thought this was a feature already.
    Why has it stalled?

  • Stephen commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Is there an update on this?

  • Wiomoc commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    which can used by many user (copy on write) over link,Github, Facebook ..

  • Jose commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Please?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    The lack of this feature is why I still use AWS for some things.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    community-made, ready-to-go images and non-trivial stacks will change the way we work with VPSs. Digitalocean, please dont make us do the same work over and over again and deny humanity the ability to create publicly shareable, ready to install, awesomeservers for every occassion.

  • Jaimito Aleman commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    OR ... (this is why I came here) to share an "image" between multiple Droplets.

    I've just started using DigitalOcean, and it took me about two hours from start to finish setting up LAMP, securing SSH and firewall, and then setting up VirtualHosts.

  • Leebase commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    I'd like this as well. Basically, we are asking for the ability to create our own app images. For that matter, it would be nice to have access to "community images" where we could all benefit from the work that others have done.

    For a great source of ideas for app images - check out TurnkeyLinux.org - they are wonderful as a source of downloadable, preinstalled and configured, open source vm's. Would love to see DigitalOcean team up with them to auto load these images into DigitalOcean the way they do into Amazon

  • mohammed habib commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1

  • Tim Holloway commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Chalk up another vote for public publication of vm appliance images. Any idea on when this might be available?

    In the mean time, is there an API function for transferring snapshots or is the only option to go to the images page and manually push the buttons?

  • Sc00bz commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1000... OK fine +3

  • Konstantin Boyandin commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Public sharing would be a nice feature, thanks.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    An update on sharing images with other customers.

    We've launched our new v2.0 of the community approximately one month ago. We are in the process now of adding public profiles to the new community. Customers that opt-in to make their profiles public will also be able at a future date to share the images that they create publicly.

    By tying these two items together other customers can look at the public profile of the user who created the image and determine if they want to trust that image.

    Security was our largest concern in delaying this feature, but with the addition of public profiles where customers can tie in their twitter account and their Q&A posts, articles, and comments, other customers can get a better sense of who the user is that created the image.

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    We've rolled out the ability to transfer a snapshot to other users detailed here:

    https://www.digitalocean.com/company/blog/easily-transfer-snapshots-between-accounts/

    We are planning to also allow customers to share images, however for that we want to ensure that customers are able to see who created the image so these would be publicly shared. For that we are making large updates to the community section which should be launching in the next 1-3 months which will provide more visibility into who wrote what image with public profiles to give customers more trust that the image being shared is legitimate.

    However, customers today can start transferring images to other people, the only difference is that once that image is transferred it is no longer in your account.

    Thanks!

  • Chandrika Gole commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Is there any update on this?

  • Chandrika Gole commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Is there an update on this?

  • Mark commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    I am experimenting with DigitalOcean. For me to use it seriously, the ability to transfer images to other accounts is critical. Is there any update from DigitalOcean as to whether they are planning to support this?

  • Jon Roket commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    This would be a nice feature for us, too.

  • Jeff Reifman commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Allow image to be cloned to the other account. This way, you can clone the image repeatedly without having to recreate it each time.

  • Alexander commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1

  • Sasha commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Trying to decide whether to give this 2 or 3 votes. Very useful feature for many users.

  • Ben commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1

  • JB commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1

  • Thomas Fritz commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Absolutely needed. I work for different clients, but i setup almost all server images the same way. I want to share or at least copy a "default / base" image to my other clients account.
    Is there any update on this? Is there a workaround for this at the moment?

  • develephant commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1 - Is this possible yet?

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1... useful for people who wants to test things using a temporary / personal account and then decide to transfer their work to their permanent/business acccount.

  • Jake Dempsey commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1

  • JRico commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    any update ?

  • Ozgur commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    it would be great if could do that.

  • Gene commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    This would greatly increase the value of the digitalocean service.
    Any word on when this feature can be expected to be released?

  • Omar commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Cant wait!

  • CTS_Æ commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Hope we see this sometime, it's been a year now.
    Thought I heard stuff about them making a droplet market and allowing people to sell dropless or offer them for free.

    As much as I've learned a whole lot setting up my own droplets, I kinda want to share it with people possibly, but I know if there was a droplet already like the one I set up with Ubuntu, NGINX, PHP-FPM, MySQL, +ISPConfig I would have skipped the hours upon hours spent setting it up and just dripped down a new droplet in less than a minute if it were available.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1 please.

  • Nicolas commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1 that would be just amazing!

  • Thomas Bodetti commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Awesome Idea, I believe you could increase your user base significantly simply by offering something like this, I suspect that many people would pay a one time fee for being able to have access to time saving images, like a nicely secure CENT dist with LAMP and Wordpress

  • matthewvb commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Would love to see this - not sure how passwords on the existing image would work with this - something that probably needs to be worked out. (i.e. my root password for the image, mysql admin username/password, etc.)

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Is this ready or ?

  • Thomas Paige commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Yes, please.

  • Maxence Henneron commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Is it possible to make it ? I have a project that would need public images, as every customers of my project would have to install this image on their servers and I'd like to make them use DigitalOcean :)

  • Dean Tunstall commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Great feature, cannot wait!

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    If you need to move an image to another account before we make this feature public please open up a support ticket and we'll handle it manually for now.

    Thanks

  • KKTO commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    +1 for me too

  • Jonathan Tittle commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Hey Moisey,

    That's definitely great news :-). Having this feature would definitely give DO an edge over pretty much every other cloud-based provider on the market as none of them (that I'm aware of) offer the same or a similar feature.

    Please do keep me up to date, either by this request or e-mail.

    Thanks again!

    - Jonathan

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 19:42

    Hi Jonathan,

    This is a great suggestion and we built the backend to support this from day 1, we haven't yet opened up the ability to share images with other users.

    The initial sharing will be to just make the image public so that anyone could use and then eventually depending on usage and requests to allow more granular control over who to share image with.

    Thanks