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Short Description
Assist in the creation of an etcd (2.x) cluster from an AWS auto scaling group
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This container serves to assist in the creation of an etcd (2.x) cluster from an
AWS auto scaling group. This is a fork from the
upstream Monsanto repo, with a few changes. Much thanks to @tj-corrigan for
doing the actual hard work of figuring out how to bootstrap etcd in AWS.

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$ docker run -v /etc/sysconfig/:/etc/sysconfig/ building5/etcd-aws-cluster

It writes a file to /etc/sysconfig/etcd-peers that contains parameters for

    • either new or existing
    • used to specify whether we are creating a new cluster or joining an existing
    • the name of the machine joining the etcd cluster
    • this is obtained by getting the instance if from amazon of the host (e.g.

This file can then be loaded as an EnvironmentFile in an etcd2 drop-in to
properly configure etcd2:



  • get the instance id and ip from amazon
  • fetch the autoscaling group this machine belongs to
  • obtain the ip of every member of the auto scaling group
  • for each member of the autoscaling group detect if they are running etcd and
    if so who they see as members of the cluster

    if no machines respond OR there are existing peers but my instance id is
    listed as a member of the cluster

    • assume that this is a new cluster
    • write a file using the ids/ips of the autoscaling group


    • assume that we are joining an existing cluster
    • check to see if any machines are listed as being part of the cluster but
      are not part of the autoscaling group
      • if so remove it from the etcd cluster
    • add this machine to the current cluster
    • write a file using the ids/ips obtained from query etcd for members of the


Monsanto has created a CloudFormation script that shows sample usage of this
container for creating a simple etcd cluster.

Why fork?

The differences in this fork are:

  • Versions tagged in Git.
  • Automatic Docker Hub builds, rebuilding whenever the base FROM image is
    updated, so we'll keep up to date with security patches.
  • More flexability, for cases when not using CoreOS.
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