DigitalOcean Snapshot Pricing Explained

30th December 2019 By Simon Bennett

At Digital Ocean you pay for the amount of storage your snapshot takes. This is prices at a simple $0.05 per gigabyte per month. This is different to Digital Ocean backups which are priced at 20% of the cost of the droplet no matter how much disk space you use. Backups are limited to once a week and only the last 4 weeks are retailed, where you can have as many snapshots as you wish.

Working Out Big A Snapshot Will Be.

If you want to know how much disk space your server is currently using so you can work out how much a snapshot will cost, you can run a simple command.

SSH into your server and run the df command

df -h /

root@server:~# df -h /
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/vda1        20G  8.3G   12G  43% /

Your command will output this table, you're looking for the /dev/vda1 drive which under the used column is tell me its using 8.3gb. 8.3*0.05=$0.415 per month storage costs.

We have also created a command for doing this all in one go and calculate the storage cost from terminal

df -k -h / | tail -1 | awk '{print $3*0.05}'

root@snapshooter:~# df -k -h / | tail -1 | awk '{print $3*0.05}'

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Simon Bennett

Simon Bennett, the founder and creator of SnapShooter, fascinated with DigitalOcean been one of the first customers to come on board when SSD where introduced and the first Amsterdam datacenter opened in 2013.

In 2017 he started SnapShooter, becoming the first dedicated tool for improving DigitalOcean backups with more frequent backups. You can always contact him at simon(at)