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Erlang wrapper around Libcloud.

It was tested with the 4da5771708b185725f26e60287e554b0416e8030 commit of the hcs42/libcloud.


A more thorough installation example is available in the elibcloud tutorial.

Install elibcloud's dependencies:

  1. Install Python 3. It is recommended to use virtualenv.

  2. Install Libcloud:

     $ git clone
     $ git checkout 4da5771708b185725f26e60287e554b0416e8030
     $ cd libcloud
     $ pip install -e .
  3. When starting your Erlang node, make sure that the first python3 executable in the PATH is the same as the one that has Libcloud installed.

  4. Ensure that CA_CERTS_PATH works for you by installing the necessary package, which is different for different operating systems. See a list here. For OS X, you can use brew:

     $ brew install curl-ca-bundle

If you use an Erlang tool whose dependency is elibcloud, you can stop here, because the tool will install elibcloud itself (unless it says otherwise).

If you would like to try elibcloud from the shell, clone this repository and start it from the shell:

$ git clone
$ cd elibcloud
$ make
$ erl -pa ../elibcloud/ebin -pa deps/goldrush/ebin -pa deps/jsx/ebin -pa deps/lager/ebin
> application:start(syntax_tools).
> application:start(compiler).
> application:start(goldrush).
> application:start(lager).

Try elibcloud with a DUMMY provider, which will print the details of a dummy node:

1> {ok, Cred} = elibcloud:create_credentials(
                      _Provider = "DUMMY",
                      _UserName = "something",
                      _Password = "something").

2> elibcloud:list_nodes(Cred).

For using elibcloud in a project, you can add it as a rebar dependency.


To use elibcloud, first you need to create a "credentials" term which contains the details of your provider and account.

When you call a function that performs that operation, you then always pass the credentials term (e.g. by invoking list_nodes(Cred)).

Creating credentials

Creating Amazon EC2 credentials:

{ok, Cred} = elibcloud:create_credentials(
               _Provider = "EC2",
               _UserName = "My_Access_Key_ID",
               _Password = "My_Secret_Access_Key")
  • Replace My_Access_Key_ID and My_Secret_Access_Key with the API key and API code generated on the Amazon EC2 web dashboard: click on your user name, select Security Credentials, open Access Keys and use the keys there (or generate new ones).

Creating HP Cloud credentials:

{ok, Cred} = elibcloud:create_credentials(
               _Provider = "OPENSTACK_HP",
               _UserName = "My_username",
               _Password = "My_password",
               _Extra = [{<<"ex_force_auth_url">>, <<"">>},
                         {<<"ex_force_auth_version">>, <<"2.0_password">>},
                         {<<"ex_tenant_name">>, <<"My_project_name">>},
                         {<<"ex_force_service_name">>, <<"Compute">>},
                         {<<"ex_force_service_region">>, <<"region-b.geo-1">>}]);
  • Replace My_project_name with the number in the URL after you log in to the HP Cloud dashboard.

Creating Rackspace credentials using the general OPENSTACK provider of Libcloud:

{ok, Cred} = elibcloud:create_credentials(
               _Provider = "OPENSTACK_RACKSPACE",
               _UserName = "My_username",
               _Password = "My_password",
               _Extra = [{<<"ex_force_auth_url">>, <<"">>},
                         {<<"ex_force_auth_version">>, <<"2.0_password">>},
                         {<<"ex_tenant_name">>, <<"My_tenant_name">>},
                         {<<"ex_force_service_name">>, <<"cloudServersOpenStack">>},
                         {<<"ex_force_service_region">>, <<"LON">>}]);
  • Replace My_tenant_name with the number in the URL after you log in to the Rackspace dashboard.

Creating Rackspace credentials using the RACKSPACE provider of Libcloud:

{ok, Cred} = elibcloud:create_credentials(
               _Provider = "RACKSPACE",
               _UserName = "My_username",
               _Password = "My_password",
               _Extra = [{<<"region">>, <<"lon">>}]).


See the edoc documentation of the exported functions in src/elibcloud.erl for reference.

Supported providers:

  • Amazon EC2
  • HP Cloud
  • Rackspace


  • List nodes
  • Get node
  • Create node (i.e. provision a virtual machine instance)
  • Destroy node

Key pairs:

  • Get key pair
  • Import key pair from string/file
  • Delete key pair

Security groups:

  • List security groups
  • Create a security group
  • Delete a security group
  • Create security rules


I cannot use elibcloud on Mac OS X because I get the "No CA Certificates were found in CA_CERTS_PATH" run-time error. How can I solve this?

The CA_CERTS_PATH is missing; see the installation steps.