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Glance Client Package and CLI Tool
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Python bindings to the OpenStack Glance API

This is a client for the OpenStack Glance API. There's a Python API (the glanceclient module), and a command-line script (glance). The Glance 2.0 API is still a moving target, so this module will remain in "Beta" status until the API is finalized and fully implemented.

Development takes place via the usual OpenStack processes as outlined in the `OpenStack wiki`_. The master repository is on GitHub__.

This code a fork of `Rackspace's python-novaclient`__ which is in turn a fork of `Jacobian's python-cloudservers`__. The python-glanceclient is licensed under the Apache License like the rest of OpenStack.

Python API

By way of a quick-start:

# use v2.0 auth with")
>>> from glanceclient.v2_0 import client
>>> glance = client.Client(username=USERNAME, password=PASSWORD, tenant_name=TENANT, auth_url=KEYSTONE_URL)
>>> glance.images.list()
>>> image = glance.images.create(name="My Test Image")
>>> print image.status
>>> image.upload(open('/tmp/myimage.iso', 'rb'))
>>> print image.status
>>> image_file = image.image_file
>>> with open('/tmp/copyimage.iso', 'wb') as f:
        for chunk in image_file:
>>> image.delete()

Command-line API

Installing this package gets you a command-line tool, glance, that you can use to interact with Glance's Identity API.

You'll need to provide your OpenStack tenant, username and password. You can do this with the tenant_name, --username and --password params, but it's easier to just set them as environment variables:

export OS_TENANT_NAME=project
export OS_USERNAME=user
export OS_PASSWORD=pass

You will also need to define the authentication url with --auth_url and the version of the API with --identity_api_version. Or set them as an environment variables as well:

export OS_AUTH_URL=

Since the Identity service that Glance uses can return multiple regional image endpoints in the Service Catalog, you can specify the one you want with --region_name (or export OS_REGION_NAME). It defaults to the first in the list returned.

You'll find complete documentation on the shell by running glance help:

usage: glance [--username USERNAME] [--password PASSWORD]
              [--tenant_name TENANT_NAME | --tenant_id TENANT_ID]
              [--auth_url AUTH_URL] [--region_name REGION_NAME]
              [--identity_api_version IDENTITY_API_VERSION]
              <subcommand> ...

Command-line interface to the OpenStack Identity API.

Positional arguments:
    catalog             List all image services in service catalog
    image-create        Create new image
    image-delete        Delete image
    image-list          List images
    image-update        Update image's name and other properties
    image-upload        Upload an image file
    image-download      Download an image file
    help                Display help about this program or one of its

Optional arguments:
  --username USERNAME   Defaults to env[OS_USERNAME]
  --password PASSWORD   Defaults to env[OS_PASSWORD]
  --tenant_name TENANT_NAME
                        Defaults to env[OS_TENANT_NAME]
  --tenant_id TENANT_ID
                        Defaults to env[OS_TENANT_ID]
  --auth_url AUTH_URL   Defaults to env[OS_AUTH_URL]
  --region_name REGION_NAME
                        Defaults to env[OS_REGION_NAME]
  --identity_api_version IDENTITY_API_VERSION
                        Defaults to env[OS_IDENTITY_API_VERSION] or 2.0

See "glance help COMMAND" for help on a specific command.

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