Longhorn is a distributed block storage system for Kubernetes. Longhorn is cloud native storage because it is built using Kubernetes and container primitives.
Longhorn is lightweight, reliable, and powerful. You can install Longhorn on an existing Kubernetes cluster with one
kubectl apply command or using Helm charts. Once Longhorn is installed, it adds persistent volume support to the Kubernetes cluster.
Longhorn implements distributed block storage using containers and microservices. Longhorn creates a dedicated storage controller for each block device volume and synchronously replicates the volume across multiple replicas stored on multiple nodes. The storage controller and replicas are themselves orchestrated using Kubernetes. Here are some notable features of Longhorn:
- Enterprise-grade distributed storage with no single point of failure
- Incremental snapshot of block storage
- Backup to secondary storage (NFSv4 or S3-compatible object storage) built on efficient change block detection
- Recurring snapshot and backup
- Automated non-disruptive upgrade. You can upgrade the entire Longhorn software stack without disrupting running volumes!
- Intuitive GUI dashboard
You can read more technical details of Longhorn here.
Community Meeting and Office Hours
Hosted by the core maintainers of Longhorn: 4th Friday of the every month at 09:00 (CET) or 16:00 (CST) at https://community.cncf.io/longhorn-community/.
Longhorn Mailing List
Stay up to date on the latest news and events: https://lists.cncf.io/g/cncf-longhorn
You can read more about the community and its events here: https://github.com/longhorn/community
Longhorn is 100% open source software. Project source code is spread across a number of repos:
|Component||What it does||GitHub repo|
|Longhorn Backing Image Manager||Backing image download, sync, and deletion in a disk||longhorn/backing-image-manager|
|Longhorn Engine||Core controller/replica logic||longhorn/longhorn-engine|
|Longhorn Instance Manager||Controller/replica instance lifecycle management||longhorn/longhorn-instance-manager|
|Longhorn Manager||Longhorn orchestration, includes CSI driver for Kubernetes||longhorn/longhorn-manager|
|Longhorn Share Manager||NFS provisioner that exposes Longhorn volumes as ReadWriteMany volumes||longhorn/longhorn-share-manager|
|Longhorn UI||The Longhorn dashboard||longhorn/longhorn-ui|
For the installation requirements, refer to the Longhorn documentation.
NOTE: Please note that the master branch is for the upcoming feature release development. For an official release installation or upgrade, please refer to the below ways.
Longhorn can be installed on a Kubernetes cluster in several ways:
The official Longhorn documentation is here.
Contributing code is not the only way of contributing. We value feedbacks very much and many of the Longhorn features are originated from users' feedback. If you have any feedbacks, feel free to file an issue and talk to the developers at the CNCF #longhorn Slack channel.
If having any discussion, feedbacks, requests, issues or security reports, please follow below ways. We also have a CNCF Slack channel: longhorn for discussion.
Discussions or Feedbacks
If having any discussions or feedbacks, feel free to file a discussion.
Requests or Issues
If having any issues, feel free to file an issue. We have a weekly community issue review meeting to review all reported issues or enhancement requests.
When creating a bug issue, please help upload the support bundle to the issue or send to longhorn-support-bundle.
If having any vulnerabilities found, please report to longhorn-security.
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