Configuring Alluxio with Google Cloud Storage

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This guide describes how to configure Alluxio with Google Cloud Storage (GCS) as the under storage system. If you are new to Google Cloud Storage, please read the GCS documentation first.

Initial Setup

In preparation for using GCS with Alluxio, create a bucket (or use an existing bucket). You should also note the directory you want to use in that bucket, either by creating a new directory in the bucket, or using an existing one. For the purposes of this guide, the GCS bucket name is called GCS_BUCKET, and the directory in that bucket is called GCS_DIRECTORY.

Mounting GCS

Alluxio unifies access to different storage systems through the unified namespace feature. A GCS location can be either mounted at the root of the Alluxio namespace or at a nested directory.

Root Mount

When installing Alluxio, the under storage address and credentials should be specified in conf/


Nested Mount

A GCS location can be mounted at a nested directory in the Alluxio namespace to have unified access to multiple under storage systems. Alluxio’s Command Line Interface can be used for this purpose.

$ ./bin/alluxio fs mount --option fs.gcs.accessKeyId=<GCS_ACCESS_KEY_ID> --option fs.gcs.secretAccessKey=<GCS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY>\
  /mnt/gcs gs://<GCS_BUCKET>/<GCS_DIRECTORY>

Running Alluxio Locally with GCS

Tests can be run using the Alluxio Command Line Interface.

$ ./bin/alluxio runTests

If testing a nested mount point, run:

$ ./bin/alluxio runTests --directory /mnt/gcs

After the test succeeds, you can visit your GCS directory GCS_BUCKET/GCS_DIRECTORY to verify the files and directories created by Alluxio exist. For this test, you should see files named like:


Advanced Configurations

Additional properties can be specified in the conf/

GCS Access Control

If Alluxio security is enabled, Alluxio enforces the access control inherited from underlying object storage.

The GCS credentials specified in Alluxio config represents a GCS user. GCS service backend checks the user permission to the bucket and the object for access control. If the given GCS user does not have the right access permission to the specified bucket, a permission denied error will be thrown. When Alluxio security is enabled, Alluxio loads the bucket ACL to Alluxio permission on the first time when the metadata is loaded to Alluxio namespace.

Mapping from GCS User to Alluxio File Owner

By default, Alluxio tries to extract the GCS user id from the credentials. Optionally, can be used to specify a preset gcs owner id to Alluxio username static mapping in the format “id1=user1;id2=user2”. The Google Cloud Storage IDs can be found at the console address. Please use the “Owners” one.

Mapping from GCS ACL to Alluxio Permission

Alluxio checks the GCS bucket READ/WRITE ACL to determine the owner’s permission mode to a Alluxio file. For example, if the GCS user has read-only access to the underlying bucket, the mounted directory and files would have 0500 mode. If the GCS user has full access to the underlying bucket, the mounted directory and files would have 0700 mode.

Mount Point Sharing

If you want to share the GCS mount point with other users in Alluxio namespace, you can enable

Permission Change

In addition, chown/chgrp/chmod to Alluxio directories and files do NOT propagate to the underlying GCS buckets nor objects.