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Monasca DevStack Plugin

The Monasca DevStack plugin currently only works on Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic). More Linux Distributions will be supported in the future.

Running the Monasca DevStack plugin requires a machine with 10GB of RAM.

Directions for installing and running Devstack can be found here:

To run Monasca in DevStack, do the following three steps.

  1. Clone the DevStack repo.
git clone
  1. Add the following to the DevStack local.conf file in the root of the devstack directory. You may need to create the local.conf if it does not already exist.



# The following two variables allow switching between Java and Python for the implementations
# of the Monasca API and the Monasca Persister. If these variables are not set, then the
# default is to install the Python implementations of both the Monasca API and the Monasca Persister.

# Uncomment one of the following two lines to choose Java or Python for the Monasca API.

# Uncomment of the following two lines to choose Java or Python for the Monasca Pesister.

# Uncomment one of the following two lines to choose either InfluxDB or Vertica.
# default "influxdb" is selected as metric DB

# This line will enable all of Monasca.
enable_plugin monasca-api

  1. Run './' from the root of the devstack directory.

If you want to run Monasca with the bare mininum of OpenStack components you can add the following two lines to the local.conf file.

enable_service rabbit mysql key

If you also want the Tempest tests to be installed then add tempest

enable_service rabbit mysql key tempest

To enable Horizon and the Monasca UI add horizon

enable_service rabbit mysql key horizon tempest

Using Vagrant

Vagrant can be used to deploy a VM with Devstack and Monasca running in it using the Vagrantfile. After installing Vagrant, just run the command vagrant up as usual in the ../monasca-api/devstack directory.

To use local repositories in the devstack install, commit your changes to the master branch of the local repo, then modify the _REPO variable in the settings file that corresponds to the local repo to use file://my/local/repo/location. To use a local instance of the monasca-api repo, change the enable_plugin monasca-api to enable_plugin monasca-api file://my/repo/is/here. Both of these settings will only take effect on a rebuild of the devstack VM.

Enable Vertica as the Metrics DB using Vagrant

Monasca supports using both InfluxDB and Vertica for storing metrics and alarm state history. InfluxDB is enabled by default in the DevStack environment.

Vertica is a commercial database from Hewlett Packard Enterprise. A free Community Edition (CE) installer is available for download.

To enable Vertica, do the following:

  1. Register and download the Vertica Debian installer from and put it in your home directory. Unfortunately, there isn't a URL that the DevStack installer can automatically use, so it must be downloaded separately, and put in a location where the installer can find it when it runs. The installer assumes this location is your home directory. When using Vagrant, your home directory will normally be mounted inside the VM as "/vagrant_home".

  2. Modify the environment variable MONASCA_METRICS_DB in the local.conf, settings or Vagrantfile file from influxdb to vertica as follows:


Using PostgreSQL or MySQL

Monasca supports using both PostgreSQL and MySQL and so does this devstack plugin. Enable either postgresql or mysql to use either of them.

To setup environment with MySQL use:

enable_service mysql

Alternatively, for PostgreSQL, use:

enable_service postgresql

Using ORM support

ORM support can be controlled with MONASCA_DATABASE_USE_ORM variable. However ORM support is enforced if PostgreSQL is enabled, as the database backend, a.k.a.

enable_service postgresql

Enforcing Apache mirror

If, for any reason, APACHE_MIRROR that is picked is not working, you can enforce it in following way:


Using WSGI

Monasca-api can be deployed with Apache using uwsgi and gunicorn. By default monasca-api runs under uwsgi. If you wish to use gunicorn make sure that devstack/local.conf contains:



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