Downloading your Ubuntu droplet. Or the data in it.

I have recently put in some hours for organising my two existing droplets – actually combining them into a single one. After a lot of cleanup, backing up and moving stuff – when everything seemed done and they were ready to be deleted, I still had a sour taste at the thought that I will delete something I used for almost three years.

Therefore, I decided to investigate on how I can download the information from digitalocean. Apparently, they don’t (yet) provide a way to safely do that, so some special commands are in order.

Mysql

The main database I have used was a MariaDB server. To backup everything I have used the command:

Everything

To create a backup of everything else, in the terminal on my machine I have used:

Be aware that this command will take quite a long time to complete and that there is no progress indicator.

After this command, you will be prompted for your password. Also, add -p<your ssh port> if you have changed your default ssh port (which is highly recommended, by the way)

Sources

  • https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/download-snapshots-from-digitalocean-leonid-burceacov
  • https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/132797/how-to-dd-a-remote-disk-using-ssh-on-local-machine-and-save-to-a-local-disk
  • https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-back-up-mysql-databases-from-the-command-line-with-linux/
  • https://blog.sleeplessbeastie.eu/2012/04/29/virtualbox-convert-raw-image-to-vdi-and-otherwise/