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Kubernetes in minutes

Managed Kubernetes designed for you and your small business. Start small at just $10 per month, and scale up and save with our free control plane and inexpensive bandwidth.

Simple, Managed Kubernetes
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Features to accelerate releases

Full Kubernetes API

When you provision a DigitalOcean Kubernetes cluster, we spin up a Kubernetes control plane and provide an endpoint to use with the kubectl CLI or any Kubernetes ecosystem tool.

Kubernetes in minutes

Managed Kubernetes designed for you and your small business. Start small at just $10 per month and scale up, saving with our free control plane and inexpensive bandwidth.

Managed services

DigitalOcean continuously monitors your Kubernetes Control Plane to make sure you are always able to access and deploy to your cluster.

High Availability Control Plane

Run workloads reliably and remove single points of failure from clusters. The control plane spins up clusters and scales quickly as the API load increases.

Open API

Seamlessly integrates with your existing tooling and workflows. The DigitalOcean API makes it easy to create, update and manage your cluster through our API.

Guided configuration

We'll walk you through the steps to easily connect to your cluster, deploy an application, and add additional resources like storage and load balancers.

Global availability

Spin up a cluster in locations such as New York, San Francisco, London, Frankfurt, or Bangalore.


Ensure fast performance and control costs by letting DigitalOcean Kubernetes automatically adjust the number of nodes in your cluster.

Auto Upgrades

Schedule automatic updates of your clusters to new versions of Kubernetes, so you can utilize enhancements to the orchestration platform.

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open quoteDigitalOcean Kubernetes’ ease of use, low pricing, and responsive support make it the right choice for me and Urlbox. It costs me about half as much as Google Kubernetes Engine, and whenever I’ve gotten stuck and opened tickets, I’ve usually gotten responses back in under an hour.close quote

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open quoteThe control panel allows us to resize our cluster very quickly and painlessly, and abstracting away not only the management but the configuration and security of Kubernetes to DigitalOcean has saved us countless man-hours.close quote

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What can you do with DigitalOcean Kubernetes?


Web apps

Deploy your web applications to DigitalOcean Kubernetes for easier scaling, higher availability, and lower costs.  And use Kubernetes to release new versions seamlessly.


API and backend services

Use DigitalOcean Kubernetes to deploy, scale, and manage the services that power your applications.  From authentication to message queues to custom app logic, deploying to Kubernetes provides the portability, availability, and efficiency for your services.



Run GitLab core components on DigitalOcean Kubernetes to manage your development lifecycle, or just the Gitlab Runners to easily scale your build and integration pipeline.

Talk with a solutions engineer

Have questions about migrating from another cloud provider or what your total costs might end up looking like on DigitalOcean once you start scaling? You can schedule a meeting with our team of experts who can help answer any questions you have before you get started.

Designed for developers and operators

Provision and deploy to production-grade Kubernetes clusters in minutes


Develop and iterate more rapidly with easy application deployment, release updates, and management of your apps and services.

Resource efficiency

Kubernetes knows the compute, memory, and storage resources each application needs and schedules instances across the cluster to maximize resource efficiency.

Streamline operations

Automate application deployments, monitoring, instance replication, cluster scheduling, and seamless application releases.

High availability

Kubernetes routinely checks the health of your applications to detect and replace instances that are not responsive.


Use the Kubernetes Horizontal Pod Autoscaler to add instances of your application services as needed to meet demand.


Applications deployed to DigitalOcean Kubernetes can run anywhere Kubernetes is supported, making it easy to deploy across environments and clouds

Start fast with Kubernetes 1-Click Apps

Easily create clusters that run preconfigured open source software. Install using-facing applications like blogs or chat, or sidecars to better operate your own containers.mas

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See it in action

Learn how to quickly and easily spin up a Kubernetes cluster.

Kubernetes Resource Center

Learn more about building and deploying microservices with a robust library of Kubernetes assets.


CNCF Certified

DigitalOcean is a gold sponsor of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), of which Kubernetes is a Graduated Project. DigitalOcean Kubernetes is certified as part of the CNCF Certified Kubernetes Conformance Program. This means you can easily migrate your existing cluster to DigitalOcean.

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Integrated insights & alerting

Understand Kubernetes deployment status, resource usage, and errors so that you can efficiently size, scale, and tune your cluster.


DigitalOcean Kubernetes includes cluster-level metrics regarding deployment status of Pods, DaemonSets, and StatefulSets.


DaemonSet deployment status reveals whether your nodes are running background daemon pods as specified in your cluster’s configuration.


DigitalOcean Kubernetes also includes cluster resource utilization metrics like CPU, load average, memory usage, and disk usage.


Disk usage is the percent of disk used by all nodes in the cluster. While it will fluctuate, you should maintain disk usage below 90%.


Set alerts on individual worker node resource usage, and get notified via email or Slack.


Use Kubernetes tooling

With full Kubernetes API support, scale with the growing Kubernetes ecosystem

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Run your serverless framework on DigitalOcean Kubernetes to build advanced applications that use small bits of code deployed as Kubernetes resources that scale automatically.

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Accelerate your release lifecycle by running your CI/CD pipeline on top of DigitalOcean Kubernetes.  Iterate more quickly with faster builds and zero-downtime deploys.

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Observability & analysis

Understand what is going on with your application using metrics, logging, and tracing across your service instances.

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Service mesh

Implement security and traffic policies, load balance, monitor and trace service requests without making any code changes.

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Application definition

Streamline the installation and management of Kubernetes applications by declaring, provisioning and configuring your cloud native applications on DigitalOcean Kubernetes.


Planning to create web apps, web sites, or APIs?

There’s a simpler way to build them.

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open quoteThe Kubernetes service from @digitalocean is looking to be one of the easiest and quickest I've used so far.close quote

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OpenFaaS Founder (Nov 2018)

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President TEN7


DigitalOcean Kubernetes pricing


DigitalOcean Kubernetes includes the control plane for free (unlike other clouds that charge more than $70 per month).

Pricing for Kubernetes workloads is based on the other resources required by your cluster, e.g. Droplets and associated Block Storage and Load Balancers.

Learn more on our pricing page

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No costs to manage your Kubernetes workloads. Droplets are your worker nodes, with some of the best performance and pricing available.

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