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DC/OS - The Datacenter Operating System

The easiest way to run microservices, big data, and containers in production.

What is DC/OS?

Like traditional operating systems, DC/OS is system software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs.

Unlike traditional operating systems, DC/OS spans multiple machines within a network, aggregating their resources to maximize utilization by distributed applications.

To learn more, see the DC/OS Overview.

How Do I...?

What's In This Repo?

DC/OS itself is composed of many individual components precisely configured to work together in concert.

This repo contains the release and package building tools necessary to produce installers for various on-premises and cloud platforms.

Directory Contents
docker Locally defined docker containers packages are built in
docs Documentation
ext/dcos-installer Backend for Web, SSH, and some bits of the Advanced installer. To be merged into the top codebase once the code is cleaned up
gen Python library for rendering yaml config files for various platforms into packages, with utilities to do things like make "late binding" config set by CloudFormation
gen/installer Code to take a build and transform it into a particular platform installer (Bash / command line, AWS, Azure, etc.)
packages Packages which make up DC/OS (Mesos, Marathon, AdminRouter, etc). These packages are built by pkgpanda, and combined into a "bootstrap" tarball for deployment.
pkgpanda DC/OS baseline/host package management system. Tools for building, deploying, upgrading, and bundling packages together which live on the root filesystem of a machine / underneath Mesos.
pytest Misc. tests. Should be moved to live next to the appropriate code
release Release tools for DC/OS. (Building releases, building installers for releases, promoting between channels)
ssh AsyncIO based parallel ssh library used by the installer
test_util various scripts, utilities to help with integration testing

All code in this repository is Python 3

Doing a local build


  1. Linux distribution:
    • Docker doesn't have all the features needed on OS X or Windows
    • tar needs to be GNU tar for the set of flags used
  2. tox
  3. git
  4. Docker
    • Install Instructions for various distributions. Docker needs to be configured so your user can run docker containers. The command docker run alpine /bin/echo 'Hello, World!' when run at a new terminal as your user should just print "Hello, World!". If it says something like "Unable to find image 'alpine:latest' locally" then re-run and the message should go away.
  5. Python 3.4
    • Arch Linux: sudo pacman -S python
    • Fedora 23 Workstation: Already installed by default / no steps
  6. Over 10GB of free disk space
  7. Optional pxz (speeds up package and bootstrap compression)
    • ArchLinux: pxz-git in the AUR. The pxz package corrupts tarballs fairly frequently.
    • Fedora 23: sudo dnf install pxz

Running local code quality tests


Tox is used to run the codebase unit tests, as well as coding standard checks. The config is in tox.ini.

Running a DC/OS Build


That will run a simple local build, and output the resulting DC/OS installers to $HOME/dcos-artifacts. You can run the created `dcos_generate_config.sh like so:

NOTE: Building a release from scratch the first time on a modern dev machine (4 cores / 8 hyper threads, SSD, reasonable interent bandwidth) takes about 1 hour.

$ $HOME/dcos-artifacts/testing/`whoami`/dcos_generate_config.sh

What's happening under the covers

If you look inside of the bash script build_local.sh there are the commands with descriptions of each.

The general flow is to:

  1. Check the environment is reasonable
  2. Write a release tool configuration if one doesn't exist
  3. Setup a python virtualenv where we can install the DC/OS python tools to in order to run them
  4. Install the DC/OS python tools to the virtualenv
  5. Build the release using the release tool

These steps can all be done by hand and customized / tweaked like standard python projects. You can hand create a virtualenvironment, and then do an editable pip install (pip install -e) to have a "live" working environment (as you change code you can run the tool and see the results).

Release Tool Configuration

This release tool always loads the config in dcos-release.config.yaml in the current directory.

The config is YAML. Inside it has two main sections. storage which contains a dictionary of different storage providers which the built artifacts should be sent to, and options which sets general DC/OS build configuration options.

Config values can either be specified directly, or you may use $ prefixed environment variables (the env variable must set the whole value).

Storage Providers

All the available storage providers are in release/storage. The configuration is a dictionary of a reference name for the storage provider (local, aws, my_azure), to the configuration.

Each storage provider (ex: aws.py) is an available kind prefix. The dictionary factories defines the suffix for a particular kind. For instance kind: aws_s3 would map to the S3StorageProvider.

The configuration options for a storage provider are the storage provider's constructor parameters.

Sample config storage that will save to my home directory (/home/cmaloney):

    kind: local_path
    path: /home/cmaloney/dcos-artifacts

Sample config that will store to a local archive path as wll as AWS S3. Environment variables AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY would need to be set to use the config (And something like a CI system could provide them so they don't have to be committed to a code repository).

    kind: aws_s3
    bucket: downloads.dcos.io
    object_prefix: dcos
    download_url: https://downloads.dcos.io/dcos/
    access_key_id: $AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID
    secret_access_key: $AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY
    region_name: us-west-2
    kind: local_path
    path: /mnt/big_artifact_store/dcos/

Status Check

Before a pull request can be merged into master, the following checks are required:

  • teamcity/create-release-pr: in the CI system, build_teamcity is triggered and developers should use build_local.sh (see above)
  • teamcity/code-quality: simply run tox in the top-level dir to run all syntax checks as well as pytest (unit-tests). See tox.ini for more details
  • integration-test/*: runs integration_test.py in the network of a DC/OS cluster
    • /vagrant-bash: Tests the on-prem bash provider by using dcos-vagrant. Invoke this test through run-all
    • /deploy-vpc-cli: runs ccm-deploy-test with USE_INSTALLER_API=false. A Virtual Private Cloud of centos nodes is spun up by CCM (Mesosphere's Cloud Cluster Manager) and the installer (dcos_generate_config.sh) is used via the CLI options to deploy DC/OS. Finally, the same integration_test.py is run
    • /deploy-vpc-api: the same as /deploy-vpc-cli (see above) except uses USE_INSTALLER_API=true, which causes the installer to be started with the --web option and then controlled entirely by the HTTP API


Lots of docs are still being written. If you have immediate questions please ask the DC/OS Community. Someone else probably has exactly the same question.

  • Add getting started on common distros / dependencies
  • Add overview of what is in here, how it works
  • Add general theory of stuff that goes in here.
  • PR (guidelines, testing)
  • How to make different sorts of common changes