Restore DigitalOcean Droplet from Snapshot


While this guide is focused on customers of SnapShooter, it will work for any snapshot or backup taken inside your DigitalOcean account.

When restoring a droplet to a backup/snapshot you will erase all data currently on the machine, you can always take a snapshot before you start a recovery process

Locate Backup Name

Before you start you need to find your backup name, if you are using DigitalOcean Weekly backups, you don't need todo this step.recovery

  • Copy the name

  • Press view in DigitalOcean button

  • If the link does not work, make sure you're in the correct team


It's advised to do a manual SnapShot before attempting a recovery

In our example, we are going to try and restore to 2020-01-18 10:00:09

  • Login to DigitalOcean

  • Find your Droplet

  • On the sidebar select Destroy (Don't worry we are not going to destroy it)

  • In the Rebuild Droplet Box paste in the SnapShot name (in our case 2020-01-18 10:00:09)

  • The 'Created from' should match the name of the droplet

  • Press Rebuild

  • You will be asked to confirm

  • Press

  • Wait for Rebuild Process

  • The process is dependant on the size of the droplet snapshot, and can be slow. The process bar in DigitalOcean is not very helpful for estimating time

  • The server should boot once completed

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