Auto-shutdown is a feature available in your Paperspace Console that allows you to set your machine to power off after being idle for a certain period of time. We highly recommend this for hourly users who want to safeguard against leaving their machines on by mistake, but it's a great feature for all users! The default setting for auto-shutdown is 24 hours.
Auto-shutdown can be enabled or disabled for each machine individually, by navigating to that Machine's page in the Console. You can set the frequency, or disable it entirely if you want your machine to stay on by selecting the blank option.
The criteria for Paperspace to initiate an auto-shutdown are that the machine must be idle (no active programs running) and there must be no open Paperspace connections, meaning all browser tabs and app windows must be closed. See the note below for how we detect active connections.
Tip: Auto-shutdown will not force-shutdown a machine with applications that are running. For example, if leaving a Microsoft Word document open on your desktop will prompt you to save or delete it if you try to shut down your VM, then the same goes for auto-shutdown!
RDP & Other Protocols
Active connections can only be detected by the Paperspace client (browser or native app). If you are using RDP or another remote desktop client, we will not be able to detect this connection. As a result, it is best to leave auto-shutdown to "never" in this scenario to prevent losing work.
Auto-Shutdown works by detecting an active session established via our streaming desktop or web-based terminal. The criteria for Paperspace to initiate an auto-shutdown are that there must be no open Paperspace connections, meaning all browser tabs and app windows must be closed. See the note below for how we detect active connections.
SSH and Auto-Shutdown
Auto-shutdown on Linux will only detect connections established via our streaming desktop and web-based terminal. SSH connections will not be detected. We developed a script you can add to your instance which will set your Linux machine to auto-shutdown during periods of inactivity. View the article here.