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Docker Volume Driver for Azure File Storage

This is a Docker Volume Driver which uses Azure Storage File Storage to mount file shares on the cloud to Docker containers as volumes. It uses network file sharing (SMB/CIFS protocols) capabilities of Azure File Storage.

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  • You can create Docker containers that can migrate from one host to another seamlessly.
  • You can share volumes among multiple containers running on different hosts.


Before deploying this plugin, please read articles:

and be aware of the limitations and what kind of applications are suitable for storing data on Azure File Service.


Make sure you have a Storage Account on Azure (using Azure CLI or Portal).

Docker managed plugin may be installed with following command:

$ docker plugin install jmaitrehenry/azurefile[:version] \

The [:version] component in the above command is known as a Docker tag and its value follows the semantic versioning model. Omitting the version is equivalent to specifying the latest tag -- the most recent, stable version of a plug-in.

NOTE: Storage account must be in the same region as virtual machine. Otherwise you will get an error like “Host is down”.


Create volumes

Starting from Docker 1.9+ you can create volumes and containers as follows:

$ docker volume create --name myvolume -d jmaitrehenry/azurefile

This will create an Azure File Share named myvolume (if it does not exist).

You can specify additional volume options to customize the owner, group, and permissions for files and directories. See the mount.cifs(8) man page more details on these options.

Mount Options Available:

  • uid
  • gid
  • filemode
  • dirmode
  • cache
  • nolock
  • nobrl
  • remotepath
$ docker volume create -d jmaitrehenry/azurefile \
  -o share=sharename \
  -o uid=999 \
  -o gid=999 \
  -o filemode=0600 \
  -o dirmode=0755 \
  -o nolock=true \
  -o remotepath=directory

Use a volume

The following example illustrates using a volume:

$ docker run -i -t -v myvolume:/data busybox

Docker will start a container in which you can use /data directory to directly read/write from cloud file share location using SMB protocol.

Remove a volume

The following example illustrates removing a volume created:

$ docker volume rm myvolume


# 1.1.0 (2018-02-04)
- Add symlink support

# 1.0.0 (2018-01-22)
- Change project name
- Add nobrl and cache option
- Add the possibility to build a selfcontain docker volume plugin
- Add default share name to volume name
- Bugfix: Change --verbose to -v and put it before -o in the mount instruction


If you need to use this project, please consider downloading it from “Releases” link above. The following instructions are for compiling the project from source.

In order to compile this program, you need to have Go 1.6:

$ git clone jmaitrehenry/docker-azurefile-plugin
$ cd jmaitrehenry/docker-azurefile-plugin
$ go build docker-azurefile-plugin
$ ./docker-azurefile-plugin -h

Once you have the binary compiled you can start it as follows:

$ sudo ./docker-azurefile-plugin \
  --account-name <AzureStorageAccount> \
  --account-key  <AzureStorageAccountKey> &

However you’re recommended to use the managed docker plugin.



This project is a fork of Azure/azurefile-dockervolumedriver

Copyright 2018 Julien Maitrehenry
Copyright 2016 Microsoft Corporation

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
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