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DigitalOcean Snapshot Pricing Explained

At DigitalOcean you pay for the amount of storage your snapshot physically uses. This is priced at a simple $0.05 per gigabyte per month. This is different to DigitalOcean backups which are priced at 20% of the cost of the droplet no matter how much disk space you use. DigitalOcean 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.

Estimating SnapShot Cost

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, your 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}'