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Front50 is the system of record for all Spinnaker metadata, including: application, pipeline and service account configurations.

All metadata is durably stored and served out of an in-memory cache.



The following storage backends are supported:

  • Amazon S3
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Redis
  • SQL - recommended

SQL is a cloud agnostic storage backend that offers strong read-after-write consistency and metadata versioning.


The following types are represented in Front50 (data models):

Type Description
Application Defines a set of commonly named resources managed by Spinnaker (metadata includes name, ownership, description, source code repository, etc.).
Application Permission Defines the group memberships required to read/write any application resource.
Entity Tags Provides a general purpose and cloud agnostic tagging mechanism.
Notification Defines application-wide notification schemes (email, slack and sms).
Pipeline Defines a reusable delivery workflow (exists within the context of a specific application).
Pipeline Strategy Defines a custom deployment strategy (exists within the context of a specific application).
Project Provides a (many-to-many) grouping mechanism for multiple applications.
Service Account Defines a system identity (with group memberships) that can be associated with one or more pipeline triggers.


We strive to make it easy to introduce additional metadata attributes; models are simple objects and serialized to JSON at persistence time.

Migrators for non-trivial attribute changes are supported via implementations of the Migration interface.

The StorageServiceSupport class maintains an in-memory cache for each metadata type and delegates read/write operations to a storage backend-specific StorageService implementation.

Relevant Metrics

The following metrics are relevant to overall Front50 health:

| Metric | Description | Grouping | | controller.invocations (count) | Invocation counts. | controller | | controller.invocations (average) | Invocation times. | controller, statusCode and method | | controller.invocations (count) | All 5xx responses. | controller, statusCode and status = 5xx |


To start the JVM in debug mode, set the Java system property DEBUG=true:

./gradlew -DDEBUG=true

The JVM will then listen for a debugger to be attached on port 8180. The JVM will not wait for the debugger to be attached before starting Front50; the relevant JVM arguments can be seen and modified as needed in build.gradle.

Modular builds

By default, Front50 is built with all storage providers included. To build only a subset of providers, use the includeProviders flag:

./gradlew -PincludeProviders=s3,gcs clean build

You can view the list of all providers in

Working Locally

The tests are setup to only run if needed services are available.


S3 TCK only run if there is a s3 proxy available at

This can be provided with the following command:

docker run -d -p9999:80 \
  --env S3PROXY_AUTHORIZATION="none" \
  --env JCLOUDS_PROVIDER="filesystem" \
  --env JCLOUDS_IDENTITY="remote-identity" \
  --env JCLOUDS_CREDENTIAL="remote-credential" \

When running the S3 TCK via an IDE make sure to have env AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_KEY set to null otherwise the tests will timeout, the gradle test task is already configured this way.

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