DigitalOcean Kubernetes

DigitalOcean Kubernetes (DOKS) is a managed Kubernetes service that lets you deploy Kubernetes clusters without the complexities of handling the control plane and containerized infrastructure. Clusters are compatible with standard Kubernetes toolchains and integrate natively with DigitalOcean Load Balancers and volumes.


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Latest Updates

16 November 2022

  • You can now enable high availability on existing Kubernetes clusters. For detailed steps, see our guide.

  • DigitalOcean Kubernetes clusters originally created with version 1.20 or older have an outdated version of our control plane architecture, which does not allow you to enable high availability. However, you can now upgrade your control plane to our new version. This upgrade option is available for Kubernetes versions currently 1.22 and later.

    To check whether you can upgrade your cluster to the new control plane, see our guide.

13 October 2022

  • do-operator, our operator for managing and consuming DigitalOcean resources from a Kubernetes cluster, is now an open-source beta project.

  • When creating a new Kubernetes cluster, you can add a free database operator (now in beta), which allows you to automatically link new databases to your cluster. For more details, see our guide.

18 August 2022

For more information, see all Kubernetes release notes.