This tutorial shows how to configure a DigitalOcean Droplet and use it to host Buddy On-Premises.

All commands listed in the article must be run as root.

Setting up a Droplet

In DigitalOcean, you can quickly get a Droplet with Docker preinstalled using 1-Click Applications.

Create a Droplet with these settings:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 or newer
  • 30 GB of disk space
  • 4 GB RAM

If you’re planning to run heavy workloads on your instance, we recommend assigning at least 8GB of RAM. Read more about system requirements of Buddy On-Premises.

Installing Docker Compose

Buddy requires Docker compose to run. Connect to your Droplet and follow the installation instructions.

Installing Buddy

Connect to the Droplet and start installation

Connect to the Droplet using SSH and run this command to download the Docker image and install Buddy:

curl -sSL | sh && buddy install

By default, Buddy uses ports 80, 443, and 22 for communication. If these ports are not available, the installer asks to provide alternative ports.

Setting up your workspace

  1. Use the URL provided in the summary to access Buddy On-Premises.

Installation summary with workspace IPInstallation summary with workspace IP

By default, Buddy On-Premises uses a self-signed SSL certificate. Because of that, you can get a security warning from your browser when you access the instance for the first time. There’s nothing to worry about! You can safely open the address.

  1. Provide the details of your first workspace.


You have successfully installed and configured Buddy on your own server. Check out the Quickstart section for tips on getting started.

Last modified on September 8, 2022

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