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The Container Storage Interface (CSI) Driver for Linode Block Storage enables container orchestrators such as Kubernetes to manage the life-cycle of persistant storage claims.

More information about the Kubernetes CSI can be found in the GitHub Kubernetes CSI and CSI Spec repos.



  • Kubernetes v1.16+
  • The node hostname must match the Linode Instance label

Secure a Linode API Access Token:

Generate a Personal Access Token (PAT) using the Linode Cloud Manager.

This token will need:

  • Read/Write access to Volumes (to create and delete volumes)
  • Read/Write access to Linodes (to attach and detach volumes)
  • A sufficient "Expiry" to allow for continued use of your volumes

Create a Kubernetes secret

Run the following commands to stash a LINODE_TOKEN in your Kubernetes cluster:

read -s -p "Linode API Access Token: " LINODE_TOKEN
read -p "Linode Region of Cluster: " LINODE_REGION
cat <<EOF | kubectl create -f -

Paste the following text at the prompt:

apiVersion: v1
kind: Secret
  name: linode
  namespace: kube-system
  token: "$LINODE_TOKEN"
  region: "$LINODE_REGION"

You should receive notification that the secret was created. You can confirm this by running:

$ kubectl -n kube-system get secrets
NAME                  TYPE                                  DATA      AGE
linode          Opaque                                2         18h

Deploy the CSI

The following command will deploy the CSI driver with the related Kubernetes volume attachment, driver registration, and provisioning sidecars:

kubectl apply -f

This deployment is a concatenation of all of the yaml files in pkg/linode-bs/deploy/kubernetes/.

Notably, this deployment will:

  • set the default storage class to linode-block-storage-retain Learn More

    This behavior can be modified in the csi-storageclass.yaml section of the deployment by toggling the annotation.

    $ kubectl get storageclasses
    NAME                             PROVISIONER               AGE
    linode-block-storage-retain (default)   2d
    linode-block-storage             2d
  • use a reclaimPolicy of Retain Learn More

    Volumes created by this CSI driver will default to using the linode-block-storage-retain storage class if one is not specified. Upon deletion of all PersitentVolumeClaims, the PersistentVolume and its backing Block Storage Volume will remain intact.

  • assume that the Linode CCM is initialized and running Learn More

    If you absolutely intend to run this on a cluster which will not run the Linode CCM, you must modify the init container script located in the 08-cm-get-linode-id.yaml ConfigMap and delete the line that contains the exit 1.

Example Usage

This repository contains two manifests that demonstrate use of the Linode BlockStorage CSI. These manifests will create a PersistentVolume Claim using the linode-block-storage-retain storage class and then consume it in a minimal pod.

Once you have installed the Linode BlockStorage CSI, the following commands will run the example. Once you are finished with the example, please be sure to delete the pod, PVC, and the associated Block Storage Volume. The PVC created in this example uses the linode-block-storage-retain storage class, so you will need to remove the Block Storage Volume from your Linode account via the Cloud Manager or the Linode CLI.

kubectl create -f
kubectl create -f

Verify that the pod is running and can consume the volume:

kubectl get pvc/csi-example-pvc pods/csi-example-pod
kubectl describe pvc/csi-example-pvc pods/csi-example-pod | less

Now, let's add some data into the PVC, delete the POD, and recreate the pod. Our data will remain intact.

$ kubectl exec -it csi-example-pod -- /bin/sh -c "echo persistence > /data/example.txt; ls -l /data"
total 20
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            12 Dec  5 13:06 example.txt
drwx------    2 root     root         16384 Dec  5 06:03 lost+found

$ kubectl delete pods/csi-example-pod
pod "csi-example-pod" deleted

$ kubectl create -f
pod/csi-example-pod created

$ sleep 30; kubectl exec -it csi-example-pod -- /bin/sh -c "ls -l /data; cat /data/example.txt"
total 20
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            12 Dec  5 13:06 example.txt
drwx------    2 root     root         16384 Dec  5 06:03 lost+found


  • Until this driver has reached v1.0.0 it may not maintain compatibility between driver versions
  • Requests for Persistent Volumes with a require_size less than the Linode minimum Block Storage size will be fulfilled with a Linode Block Storage volume of the minimum size (currently 10GiB), this is in accordance with the CSI specification. The upper-limit size constraint (limit_bytes) will also be honored so the size of Linode Block Storage volumes provisioned will not exceed this parameter.

Contribution Guidelines

Want to improve the linode-blockstorage-csi-driver? Please start here.

Join us on Slack

For general help or discussion, join the Kubernetes Slack channel #linode.

For development and debugging, join the Gopher's Slack channel #linodego.