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GlusterFS is an open source scale-out filesystem. These examples provide information about how to allow containers use GlusterFS volumes.

The example assumes that you have already set up a GlusterFS server cluster and have a working GlusterFS volume ready to use in the containers.


  • Set up a GlusterFS server cluster
  • Create a GlusterFS volume
  • If you are not using hyperkube, you may need to install the GlusterFS client package on the Kubernetes nodes (Guide)

Create endpoints

The first step is to create the GlusterFS endpoints definition in Kubernetes. Here is a snippet of glusterfs-endpoints.json:

  "subsets": [
      "addresses": [{ "ip": "" }],
      "ports": [{ "port": 1 }]
      "addresses": [{ "ip": "" }],
      "ports": [{ "port": 1 }]

The subsets field should be populated with the addresses of the nodes in the GlusterFS cluster. It is fine to provide any valid value (from 1 to 65535) in the port field.

Create the endpoints:

$ kubectl create -f examples/volumes/glusterfs/glusterfs-endpoints.json

You can verify that the endpoints are successfully created by running

$ kubectl get endpoints
NAME                ENDPOINTS

We also need to create a service for these endpoints, so that they will persist. We will add this service without a selector to tell Kubernetes we want to add its endpoints manually. You can see glusterfs-service.json for details.

Use this command to create the service:

$ kubectl create -f examples/volumes/glusterfs/glusterfs-service.json

Create a Pod

The following volume spec in glusterfs-pod.json illustrates a sample configuration:

"volumes": [
    "name": "glusterfsvol",
    "glusterfs": {
      "endpoints": "glusterfs-cluster",
      "path": "kube_vol",
      "readOnly": true

The parameters are explained as the followings.

  • endpoints is the name of the Endpoints object that represents a Gluster cluster configuration. kubelet is optimized to avoid mount storm, it will randomly pick one from the endpoints to mount. If this host is unresponsive, the next Gluster host in the endpoints is automatically selected.
  • path is the Glusterfs volume name.
  • readOnly is the boolean that sets the mountpoint readOnly or readWrite.

Create a pod that has a container using Glusterfs volume,

$ kubectl create -f examples/volumes/glusterfs/glusterfs-pod.json

You can verify that the pod is running:

$ kubectl get pods
glusterfs        1/1       Running   0          3m

You may execute the command mount inside the container to see if the GlusterFS volume is mounted correctly:

$ kubectl exec glusterfs -- mount | grep gluster on /mnt/glusterfs type fuse.glusterfs (rw,relatime,user_id=0,group_id=0,default_permissions,allow_other,max_read=131072)```

You may also run `docker ps` on the host to see the actual container.