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Getting Started

storm-deploy makes it dead-simple to launch Storm clusters on AWS. It is built on top of jclouds and pallet. After you follow the instructions in this tutorial, you will be able to provision, configure, and install a fully functional Storm cluster with just one command:

lein deploy-storm --start --name mycluster

You can then stop a cluster like this:

lein deploy-storm --stop --name mycluster

The deploy also installs Ganglia which provides fine-grained metrics about resource usage on the cluster. If you supply a NewRelic key, it will send performance metrics to NewRelic. If you supply a Splunk credentials.spl file, it will send logs to Splunk Storm.


This project is a fork of the original storm-deploy that adds a number of features. We made the decision to fork rather than contribute because we wanted to make significant changes to the way storm-deploy works. You can check out the original project, also here on GitHub.


The 'development' branch contains the latest version of the code we are working on that is probably stable, but hasn't been extensively tried out. Think of it as the beta branch. The 'master' branch always contains what we believe to be a stable version of the code.


If you run into any issues, the best place to ask for help is mailing list. Be sure to indicate your are using the adsummos fork of storm-deploy and not the original. Otherwise you may get confusing advice.



  1. Install leiningen - version 2 only. All you have to do is download this script, place it on your PATH, and make it executable.

  2. Clone storm-deploy using git (git clone

  3. Run lein deps

  4. Create a ~/.pallet/config.clj file that looks like the following (and fill in the blanks). This provides the deploy with the credentials necessary to launch and configure instances on AWS.

   :default {
             :blobstore-provider "aws-s3"
             :provider "aws-ec2"
             :environment {:user {:username "storm"  ; this must be "storm"
                                  :private-key-path "$YOUR_PRIVATE_KEY_PATH$"
                                  :public-key-path "$YOUR_PUBLIC_KEY_PATH$"}
                           :aws-user-id "$YOUR_USER_ID$"}
             :identity "$YOUR_AWS_ACCESS_KEY$"
             :credential "$YOUR_AWS_ACCESS_KEY_SECRET$"
             :jclouds.regions "$YOUR_AWS_REGION$"

The deploy needs:

  1. Public and private key paths for setting up ssh on the nodes. The public key path must be the private key path + ".pub" (this seems to be a bug in pallet). On Linux, you should have a null passphrase on the keys.

    a. If you are running a ssh agent (e.g. you are on Mac OS X), then you must ensure that your key is available to the agent. You can make this change permanently using:

    ssh-add -K $YOUR_PRIVATE_KEY_PATH$
  2. AWS user id: You can find this on your account management page. It's a numeric number with hyphens in it. Optionally take out the hyphens when you put it in the config.

  3. Identity: Your AWS access key

  4. Credential: Your AWS access key secret


You can create configs for each cluster you run so you don't have to edit the defaut configs all the time. In the storm-deploy project, there is a conf directory that contains default and a few other subdirectories of example cluster configs. When you specify a name for your cluster, like 'mycluster', storm-deploy will look for config files in conf/mycluster/.

Configuration options can also be specified on the command line by passing a hashmap with the key as conf file keyword.

lein deploy-storm --start --name mycluster --clusters-config "{:supervisor.count 1}" --storm-config "{:supervisor.worker.timeout.secs 600}"

The config used will be built by first taking the default config, merging in whatever is in the named config, and finally applying any command line specified configurations.

You can also specify a conf directory in a custom location (note that this must also have a default subdirectory) using the --confdir commandline option.

lein deploy-storm --start --confdir ~/myconfs --name mycluster

Launching clusters

Run this command:

lein deploy-storm --start --name mycluster

The --name parameter names your cluster so that you can attach to it or stop it later. If you omit --name, it will default to "dev".

The deploy sets up Zookeeper, sets up Nimbus, launches the Storm UI on port 8080 on Nimbus, launches a DRPC server on port 3772 on Nimbus, sets up the Supervisors, sets configurations appropriately, sets the appropriate permissions for the security groups, and attaches your machine to the cluster (see below for more information on attaching).

If you are familiar with the original storm-deploy, note that there is no --release parameter to indicate which release of Storm to install. This is because the parameter is not very useful because, as currently designed, storm-deploy will only really work with one version of storm at a time. Currently the release version is fixed at 0.8.3.

Stopping clusters

Simply run:

lein deploy-storm --stop --name mycluster

This will shut down Nimbus, the Supervisors, and the Zookeeper nodes.

Attaching to a cluster

Attaching to a cluster configures your storm client to talk to that particular cluster as well as giving your computer authorization to view the Storm UI. The storm client is used to start and stop topologies and is described here.

To attach to a cluster, run the following command:

lein deploy-storm --attach --name mycluster

Attaching does the following:

  1. Writes the location of Nimbus in ~/.storm/storm.yaml so that the storm client knows which cluster to talk to
  2. Authorizes your computer to access the Nimbus daemon's Thrift port (which is used for submitting topologies)
  3. Authorizes your computer to access the Storm UI on port 8080 on Nimbus
  4. Authorizes your computer to access Ganglia on port 80 on Nimbus

Getting IPs of cluster nodes

To get the IP addresses of the cluster nodes, run the following:

lein deploy-storm --ips --name mycluster


You can access Ganglia by navigating to the following address on your web browser:

http://{nimbus ip}/ganglia/index.php


In clusters.yml, you can set newrelic.licensekey to your newrelic API license key and this will cause performance metrics to be sent to NewRelic about the storm servers. If you leave it blank or anything invalid, it will just silently not work.

Splunk Storm

If you add your Splunk Storm credentials.spl file to the root of your conf directory it will install the Splunk universal forwarder and send all storm logs to Splunk Storm.


Thanks to Korrelate, my (gworley3) employer. You can learn more about what we're doing from our engineering blog.

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