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Docker image for Swift all-in-one deployment
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Docker image for Swift all-in-one demo deployment

This is an attempt to dockerize the instructions for a Swift All-in-one deployment.

Swift requires xattr to be enabled. This isn't supported by the AUFS filesystem, so it isn't possible for Swift to use storage within the Docker image. The workaround for this is to mount a Docker data volume from a filesystem where xattr is enabled. Storing Swift's data in a mounted volume has the further advantage that the data is persistent.

##This works:

This demo stores the data in a directory at "/path/to/data".

docker build -t bouncestorage/swift-aio .
sudo docker run -P -v /path/to/data:/swift/nodes -t bouncestorage/swift-aio
curl -v -H 'X-Storage-User: test:tester' -H 'X-Storage-Pass: testing'<port>/auth/v1.0
curl -v -H 'X-Auth-Token: <token-from-x-auth-token-above>' <url-from-x-storage-url-above>
swift -A<port>/auth/v1.0 -U test:tester -K testing stat

Discover the port by running "sudo docker ps", which will give output like this:

ID                  IMAGE                          COMMAND               CREATED             STATUS              PORTS
159caa6f384b        bouncestorage/swift-aio:latest /bin/bash /swift/bin   9 minutes ago       Up 9 minutes        49175->22, 49176->8080

You want the port that is mapped to port 8080 within the Docker image, in this case 49176.

Get an authorization token like this:

curl -v -H 'X-Storage-User: test:tester' -H 'X-Storage-Pass: testing'<port>/auth/v1.0


* About to connect() to port 8080 (#0)
*   Trying connected
> GET /auth/v1.0 HTTP/1.1
> User-Agent: curl/7.22.0 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) libcurl/7.22.0 OpenSSL/1.0.1 zlib/ libidn/1.23 librtmp/2.3
> Host:
> Accept: */*
> X-Storage-User: test:tester
> X-Storage-Pass: testing
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< X-Storage-Url:
< X-Auth-Token: AUTH_tk246b80e9b72a42e68a76e0ff2aaaf051
< Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
< X-Storage-Token: AUTH_tk246b80e9b72a42e68a76e0ff2aaaf051
< Content-Length: 0
< Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:48:51 GMT
* Connection #0 to host left intact
* Closing connection #0

To run the script, store the X-Storage-Url and X-Auth-Token values in environment variables:

export URL=
export TOKEN=AUTH_tk246b80e9b72a42e68a76e0ff2aaaf051

You can then run, which will execute a series of curl commands to create a container, list various information, put itself into Swift as object "testcontainer/testobject", and retrieve itself again as "".


Uses supervisord to keep the image running. You can ssh in: use script, give it your password when sudo asks for it, then log in as 'swift' with password 'fingertips'.

Tail /var/log/syslog to see what it's doing.

##Notes on changes from Swift-AIO instructions

  • user and group ids are swift:swift
  • the instructions provide for using a separate partition or a loopback for storage, presumably to allow the storage capacity to be strictly limted. Neither of these was easy for a Docker n00b to implement, so I've just used /swift, with symbolic links in /srv. The storage can be limited at the OS level in the Docker image if it's a concern.
  • the Github sources are cloned to /usr/local/src


Copyright (C) 2013-2015 Peter Binkley @pbinkley

Licensed under the GNU General Public License, Version 2.0

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