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DigitalOcean snapshot automation service

Project description


DigitalOcean doesn't propose any way of automating snapshots. There are some SaaS that can take care of it but paying to execute some API requests seemed a bit off.

That's why we developed a simple script which can run with cron jobs or in CI services like Travis for free. We use it daily to manage our backups.

It includes:

  • Snapshoting droplets
  • Snapshoting volumes
  • Retention policy
  • Pruning snapshots


  • Python ^3.6
  • A DigitalOcean account


Install it directly from pip:

pip3 install --user goutte

Configuration file

Goutte takes its configuration from a pretty straightforward toml file. We provided and example in goutte.example.toml.

retention = 10     # Number of backups to keep per droplet/volume

names = [          # Array of droplets you want to snapshot

names = [          # Array of volumes you want to snapshot


Goutte takes two arguments which can also be set via environment variables:

# Help Description Environment variable
1 CONFIG Path to the toml configuration file GOUTTE_CONFIG
2 DO_TOKEN Your DigitalOcean API token GOUTTE_DO_TOKEN

  DigitalOcean snapshots automation.

  --only [snapshot|prune]  Only snapshot or only prune
  --debug                  Enable debug logging
  --version                Show the version and exit.
  --help                   Show this message and exit.

Running "snapshot only" for a configuration file containing one droplet and one volume:

$ goutte goutte.toml $do_token --only snapshot
13:32:48 - INFO - Starting goutte v1.0.1
13:32:52 - INFO - sgp1-website-01 - Snapshot (goutte-sgp1-website-01-20181220-56bde)
13:32:59 - INFO - sgp1-mariadb-01 - Snapshot (goutte-sgp1-mariadb-01-20181220-3673d)

Run with Docker

We have a Docker image ready for you to use on Docker Hub. It will read by default the configuration under /goutte/goutte.toml

docker run \
  -e GOUTTE_DO_TOKEN=${do_token} \
  -v $(pwd)/goutte.toml:/goutte/goutte.toml \

Automating with Travis

You can easily automate it via cron job but the easiest way would be by leveraging free CI tools like Travis.

  1. You can create a repo which contains your goutte.toml configuration and the following travis file .travis.yml :
language: python
python: 3.6

  - pip install goutte

  - goutte goutte.toml # Don't forget to set GOUTTE_DO_TOKEN in Travis config
  1. Enable the repo in Travis and then go to the configuration
  2. Add the environment variable GOUTTE_DO_TOKEN with the value of your DigitalOcean API key
  3. Enable daily cron job
  4. You're good to go, goutte will run everyday and take care of the snapshots.

Note: You can have different retentions for different volumes by having multiple configurations.

# ...
  - goutte 10days.toml
  - goutte 1day.toml

You can see how we set it up for ourself here.

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