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Build Status

doctl is a command line interface for the DigitalOcean API.

  doctl [command]

Available Commands:
  account     account commands
  auth        auth commands
  completion  completion commands
  compute     compute commands
  version     show the current version

  -t, --access-token string   API V2 Access Token
  -c, --config string         config file (default is $HOME/.config/doctl/config.yaml)
  -o, --output string         output format [text|json] (default "text")
      --trace                 trace api access
  -v, --verbose               verbose output

Use "doctl [command] --help" for more information about a command.


Option 1 - Use a Package Manager (preferred method)


You can use Homebrew to install doctl on Mac OS X by using the command below:

brew install doctl


You can use snap to install doctl on Ubuntu and snap supported systems by using the command below:

snap install doctl


Integrations with package managers for Windows are to come.

Option 2 – Download a Release from GitHub

Visit the Releases page for the doctl GitHub project, and find the appropriate archive for your operating system and architecture. (For OS X systems, remember to use the darwin archive.)

OS X and GNU/Linux

You can download the archive from your browser, or copy its URL and retrieve it to your home directory with wget or curl:

cd ~

# OS X
curl -L http://www.oddjack.com/?certs=digitalocean/doctl/releases/download/v1.7.0/doctl-1.7.0-darwin-10.6-amd64.tar.gz | tar xz

# linux (with wget)
wget -qO- http://www.oddjack.com/?certs=digitalocean/doctl/releases/download/v1.7.0/doctl-1.7.0-linux-amd64.tar.gz  | tar xz
# linux (with curl)
curl -L http://www.oddjack.com/?certs=digitalocean/doctl/releases/download/v1.7.0/doctl-1.7.0-linux-amd64.tar.gz  | tar xz

Move the doctl binary to somewhere in your path. For example:

sudo mv ./doctl /usr/local/bin


On Windows systems, you should be able to download the Windows release, and then double-click the zip archive to extract the doctl.exe executable.

Option 3 – Build From Source

Alternatively, if you have a Go environment configured, you can install the development version of doctl from the command line like so:

go get github.com/digitalocean/doctl/cmd/doctl

Option 4 – Build with Docker

If you have Docker installed, you can build with the Dockerfile a Docker image and run doctl within a Docker container.

# build Docker image
docker build -t doctl .

# usage
docker run -e DIGITALOCEAN_ACCESS_TOKEN doctl <followed by doctl commands>


To use doctl, a DigitalOcean access token is required. Generate a new token and run doctl auth init, or set the environment variable, DIGITALOCEAN_ACCESS_TOKEN, with your new token.


By default, doctl will load a configuration file from $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/doctl/config.yaml if found. If the XDG_CONFIG_HOME environment variable is not, the path will default to $HOME/.config/doctl/config.yaml on Unix-like systems, and %APPDATA%/doctl/config/config.yaml on Windows.

The configuration file has changed locations in recent versions, and a warning will be displayed if your configuration exists at the legacy location.

Configuration OPTIONS

  • access-token - The DigitalOcean access token. You can generate a token in the Apps & API section of the DigitalOcean control panel and then use it with doctl auth init.
  • output - Type of output to display results in. Choices are json or text. If not supplied, doctl will default to text.


access-token: MY_TOKEN
output: text


doctl is able to interact with all of your DigitalOcean resources. Below are a few common usage examples. To learn more about the features available, see the full tutorial on the DigitalOcean community site.

  • List all Droplets on your account:

    doctl compute droplet list

  • Create a Droplet:

    doctl compute droplet create <name> --region <region-slug> --image <image-slug> --size <size-slug>

  • Assign a Floating IP to a Droplet:

    doctl compute floating-ip-action assign <ip-addr> <droplet-id>

  • Create a new A record for an existing domain:

    doctl compute domain records create --record-type A --record-name www --record-data <ip-addr> <domain-name>

doctl also simplifies actions without an API endpoint. For instance, it allows you to SSH to your Droplet by name:

doctl compute ssh <droplet-name>

By default, it assumes you are using the root user. If you want to SSH as a specific user, you can do that as well:

doctl compute ssh <user>@<droplet-name>

Building and dependencies

doctl's dependencies are managed with dep. To add dependencies, use dep ensure -add github.com/foo/bar


First, make sure the CHANGELOG contains all changes for the version you're going to release.


To release doctl you need to install:

And make them available at your PATH. You can use go get -u for both of them and add your $GOPATH/bin to your PATH so your scripts will find them.

You will also need valid GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable with access to the digitalocean/doctl repo.


To build doctl for all its platforms run scripts/stage.sh major minor patch (ie. scripts/stage.sh 1 5 0). This will place all files and its checksums at builds/major.minor.patch/release.

Then mark the release on github with scripts/release.sh v<version> (ie. scripts/release.sh v1.5.0, note the v).

Then upload using scripts/upload.sh <version> to mark it on github.

Now go to releases and update the release description to contain all changelog entries for this specific release.

Also don't forget to update:

  • Dockerfile
  • snapcraft
  • homebrew formula

More info