Configuring Alluxio with Ceph

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This guide describes how to configure Alluxio with Ceph as the under storage system. Alluxio supports two different clients APIs to connect to Ceph Object Storage using Rados Gateway:

Initial Setup

First, the Alluxio binaries must be on your machine. You can either compile Alluxio, or download the binaries locally.

Configuring Alluxio

You need to configure Alluxio to use under storage systems by modifying conf/ If it does not exist, create the configuration file from the template.

cp conf/ conf/

Option 1: S3A Interface (preferred)

Modify conf/ to include:


If using a Ceph release such as hammer (or older) specify alluxio.underfs.s3a.signer.algorithm=S3SignerType to use v2 S3 signatures. To use GET Bucket (List Objects) Version 1 specify alluxio.underfs.s3a.list.objects.v1=true.

Option 2: Swift Interface

Modify conf/ to include:


Where <swift-container> is an existing Swift container.

The following configuration should be provided in the conf/


Possible values of <swift-use-public> are true, false. Specify <swift-auth-model> as swiftauth if using native Ceph RGW authentication and <swift-auth-url> as http://<rgw-hostname>:8090/auth/1.0.

Alternatively, these configuration settings can be set in the conf/ file. More details about setting configuration parameters can be found in Configuration Settings.

Running Alluxio Locally with Ceph

After everything is configured, you can start up Alluxio locally to see that everything works.

./bin/alluxio format
./bin/ local

This should start an Alluxio master and an Alluxio worker. You can see the master UI at http://localhost:19999.

Next, you can run a simple example program:

./bin/alluxio runTests

After this succeeds, you can visit your bucket/container to verify the files and directories created by Alluxio exist.

If using the S3A connector, you should see files named like:


If using the Swift connector, you should see files named like:

swift://<SWIFT CONTAINER>/alluxio/data/default_tests_files/Basic_CACHE_THROUGH

To stop Alluxio, you can run:

./bin/ local

Access Control

If Alluxio security is enabled, Alluxio enforces the access control inherited from underlying Ceph Object Storage. Depending on the interace used, refer to S3A Access Control or Swift Access Control for more information.