A distributed object storage system designed to scale from a single machine to thousands of servers. Swift is optimized for multi-tenancy and high concurrency. Swift is ideal for backups, web and mobile content, and any other unstructured data that can grow without bound.
Swift provides a simple, REST-based API fully documented at http://docs.openstack.org/.
Swift was originally developed as the basis for Rackspace's Cloud Files and was open-sourced in 2010 as part of the OpenStack project. It has since grown to include contributions from many companies and has spawned a thriving ecosystem of 3rd party tools. Swift's contributors are listed in the AUTHORS file.
To build documentation install sphinx (
pip install sphinx), run
python setup.py build_sphinx, and then browse to
/doc/build/html/index.html. These docs are auto-generated after every
commit and available online at
Swift is part of OpenStack and follows the code contribution, review, and testing processes common to all OpenStack projects.
If you would like to start contributing, check out these notes to help you get started.
The best place to get started is the "SAIO - Swift All In One". This document will walk you through setting up a development cluster of Swift in a VM. The SAIO environment is ideal for running small-scale tests against swift and trying out new features and bug fixes.
There are three types of tests included in Swift's source tree.
- Unit tests
- Functional tests
- Probe tests
Unit tests check that small sections of the code behave properly. For example, a unit test may test a single function to ensure that various input gives the expected output. This validates that the code is correct and regressions are not introduced.
Functional tests check that the client API is working as expected. These can be run against any endpoint claiming to support the Swift API (although some tests require multiple accounts with different privilege levels). These are "black box" tests that ensure that client apps written against Swift will continue to work.
Probe tests are "white box" tests that validate the internal workings of a Swift cluster. They are written to work against the "SAIO - Swift All In One" dev environment. For example, a probe test may create an object, delete one replica, and ensure that the background consistency processes find and correct the error.
You can run unit tests with
.unittests, functional tests with
.functests, and probe tests with
.probetests. There is an
.alltests script that wraps the other three.
- bin/: Executable scripts that are the processes run by the deployer
- doc/: Documentation
- etc/: Sample config files
- examples/: Config snippets used in the docs
- swift/: Core code
- account/: account server
- cli/: code that backs some of the CLI tools in bin/
- common/: code shared by different modules
- middleware/: "standard", officially-supported middleware
- ring/: code implementing Swift's ring
- container/: container server
- locale/: internationalization (translation) data
- obj/: object server
- proxy/: proxy server
- test/: Unit, functional, and probe tests
Swift is a WSGI application and uses eventlet's WSGI server. After the
processes are running, the entry point for new requests is the
Application class in
swift/proxy/server.py. From there, a
controller is chosen, and the request is processed. The proxy may choose
to forward the request to a back- end server. For example, the entry
point for requests to the object server is the
Deployer docs are also available at http://docs.openstack.org/developer/swift/. A good starting point is at http://docs.openstack.org/developer/swift/deployment_guide.html
There is an ops runbook that gives information about how to diagnose and troubleshoot common issues when running a Swift cluster.
You can run functional tests against a swift cluster with
.functests. These functional tests require
to run. A sample config file can be found in this source tree in
For Client Apps
For client applications, official Python language bindings are provided at http://github.com/openstack/python-swiftclient.
Complete API documentation at http://docs.openstack.org/api/openstack-object-storage/1.0/content/
There is a large ecosystem of applications and libraries that support and work with OpenStack Swift. Several are listed on the associated projects page.
For more information come hang out in #openstack-swift on freenode.
The Swift Development Team