How to automate Vultr Instance Snapshots

SimpleBackups founder

Laurent Lemaire

Co-founder, SimpleBackups

March 22, 2021

The following guide will help you, step by step, automate your Vultr instance (Cloud Computing) snapshots. The steps are very easy and will only involve minimal effort.

Afterwards, you will be able to take snapshots, automatically on your own terms, whether you need to take them daily, weekly, every couple of hours or on-demand using our API. You will also have the option to choose the number of snapshots to keep on your provider to save snapshot storage cost.

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Now, let's get started!


Step 1: Create a SimpleBackups Account

Create or login to your SimpleBackups account, then head to the snapshot creation section.

Step 2: Add Vultr to SimpleBackups

In this step, we will generate a unique API Token on Vultr that will allow us to automate Vultr snapshots from SimpleBackups dashboard.

Step 2a: Obtain Vultr API credentials

  1. Go to,
  2. Click API
  3. White-list SimpleBackups IP addresses or allow access from all IPV4 ()
  4. Then click Copy API Key to Clipboard

Afterwards, create a new provider on SimpleBackups with your Vultr API Key by going to the snapshot creation section and click Connect a new provider as shown.

Select Vultr from the Provider dropdown list, enter a name for your Vultr account, then paste the Token we obtained in the previous step and click save provider.

Step 3: Create a Vultr snapshot backup job

In this step, and after connecting our Vultr account, we will simply create the snapshot backup job and select the needed server or volume.

Step 3a: Choose your Vultr account

From the list, choose the Vultr account you need to take its snapshots. You may add as many Vultr accounts as you need under your SimpleBackups account.

Step 3b: Choose Vultr an instance resource

Select "Instance" (Cloud Compute) under the Resource Type. The Resource dropdown will be populated by all the Vultr Instances (Cloud Compute) accessible under your Vultr account / project.

Step 3c: Set the retention you need

The Retention is a number of snapshots we will keep, anything more than this number will be pruned/rotated automatically for you.

Step 3d: Save the snapshot backup job

Finally, give your snapshot backup job a friendly name, then click Create Snapshot.

Congratulations, you now have an automated Vultr snapshot backup.

Run it once manually (using the "Run" snapshot button from the snapshots list) and you'll trigger your first snapshot backup!

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