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Heketi has changed its default mode to authenticated and won't start if
the config file OR env does not have them set. gk-deploy should fail
early if keys are not provided than failing later.

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GlusterFS Native Storage Service for Kubernetes

gluster-kubernetes is a project to provide Kubernetes administrators a mechanism to easily deploy GlusterFS as a native storage service onto an existing Kubernetes cluster. Here, GlusterFS is managed and orchestrated like any other app in Kubernetes. This is a convenient way to unlock the power of dynamically provisioned, persistent GlusterFS volumes in Kubernetes.

Component Projects

  • Kubernetes, the container management system.
  • GlusterFS, the scale-out storage system.
  • heketi, the RESTful volume management interface for GlusterFS.


You can find slides and videos of community presentations here.

>>> Video demo of the technology! <<<



If you already have a Kubernetes cluster you wish to use, make sure it meets the prerequisites outlined in our setup guide.

This project includes a vagrant setup in the vagrant/ directory to spin up a Kubernetes cluster in VMs. To run the vagrant setup, you'll need to have the following pre-requisites on your machine:

  • 4GB of memory
  • 32GB of storage minimum, 112GB recommended
  • ansible
  • vagrant
  • libvirt or VirtualBox

To spin up the cluster, simply run ./ in the vagrant/ directory.

NOTE: If you plan to run ./ more than once the vagrant setup supports caching packages and container images. Please read the vagrant directory README for more information on how to configure and use the caching support.

Next, copy the deploy/ directory to the master node of the cluster.

You will have to provide your own topology file. A sample topology file is included in the deploy/ directory (default location that gk-deploy expects) which can be used as the topology for the vagrant libvirt setup. When creating your own topology file:

  • Make sure the topology file only lists block devices intended for heketi's use. heketi needs access to whole block devices (e.g. /dev/sdb, /dev/vdb) which it will partition and format.

  • The hostnames array is a bit misleading. manage should be a list of hostnames for the node, but storage should be a list of IP addresses on the node for backend storage communications.

If you used the provided vagrant libvirt setup, you can run:

$ vagrant ssh-config > ssh-config
$ scp -rF ssh-config ../deploy master:
$ vagrant ssh master
[vagrant@master]$ cd deploy
[vagrant@master]$ mv topology.json.sample topology.json

The following commands are meant to be run with administrative privileges (e.g. sudo su beforehand).

At this point, verify the Kubernetes installation by making sure all nodes are Ready:

$ kubectl get nodes
master    Ready     22h
node0     Ready     22h
node1     Ready     22h
node2     Ready     22h

NOTE: To see the version of Kubernetes (which will change based on latest official releases) simply do kubectl version. This will help in troubleshooting.

Next, to deploy heketi and GlusterFS, run the following:

$ ./gk-deploy -g

If you already have a pre-existing GlusterFS cluster, you do not need the -g option.

After this completes, GlusterFS and heketi should now be installed and ready to go. You can set the HEKETI_CLI_SERVER environment variable as follows so that it can be read directly by heketi-cli or sent to something like curl:

$ export HEKETI_CLI_SERVER=$(kubectl get svc/heketi --template 'http://{{.spec.clusterIP}}:{{(index .spec.ports 0).port}}')


$ curl $HEKETI_CLI_SERVER/hello
Hello from Heketi

Your Kubernetes cluster should look something like this:

$ kubectl get nodes,pods
master    Ready     22h
node0     Ready     22h
node1     Ready     22h
node2     Ready     22h
NAME                               READY     STATUS              RESTARTS   AGE
glusterfs-node0-2509304327-vpce1   1/1       Running             0          1d
glusterfs-node1-3290690057-hhq92   1/1       Running             0          1d
glusterfs-node2-4072075787-okzjv   1/1       Running             0          1d
heketi-3017632314-yyngh            1/1       Running             0          1d

You should now also be able to use heketi-cli or any other client of the heketi REST API (like the GlusterFS volume plugin) to create/manage volumes and then mount those volumes to verify they're working. To see an example of how to use this with a Kubernetes application, see the following:

Hello World application using GlusterFS Dynamic Provisioning


The gluster-kubernetes developers hang out in #sig-storage on the Kubernetes Slack and on IRC channels in #gluster and #heketi at freenode network.

And, of course, you are always welcomed to reach us via Issues and Pull Requests on GitHub.