Google Cloud Storage
- Basic Setup
- Running Alluxio Locally with GCS
- Advanced Setup
- GCS Access Control
This guide describes how to configure Alluxio with Google Cloud Storage (GCS) as the under storage system.
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
For more information on GCS, please read its documentation.
A GCS bucket can be mounted to the Alluxio either at the root of the namespace, or at a nested directory.
Root Mount Point
Configure Alluxio to use under storage systems by modifying
conf/alluxio-site.properties. If it does not exist, create the configuration file from the
cp conf/alluxio-site.properties.template conf/alluxio-site.properties
Configure Alluxio to use GCS as its root under storage system. The first modification is to
specify an existing GCS bucket and directory as the under storage system by modifying
conf/alluxio-site.properties to include:
The google credentials must also be specified for the root mount point. In
<GCS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY> with actual
GCS interoperable storage access keys,
or other environment variables that contain your credentials.
Note: GCS interoperability is disabled by default. Please click on the Interoperability tab
in GCS setting and enable this feature.
Create a new key to get the Access Key and Secret pair.
After these changes, Alluxio should be configured to work with GCS as its under storage system, and you can Run Alluxio Locally with GCS.
Nested Mount Point
An 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.
conf/alluxio-site.properties, specify the master host:
Then, mount GCS:
./bin/alluxio fs mount --option fs.gcs.accessKeyId=<GCS_ACCESS_KEY_ID> --option fs.gcs.secretAccessKey=<GCS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY> /gcs gs://GCS_BUCKET/GCS_DIRECTORY
Running Alluxio Locally with GCS
Start up Alluxio locally to see that everything works.
./bin/alluxio format ./bin/alluxio-start.sh local SudoMount
This should start an Alluxio master and an Alluxio worker. You can see the master UI at http://localhost:19999.
Run a simple example program:
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:
To stop Alluxio, you can run:
Customize the Directory Suffix
Directories are represented in GCS as zero-byte objects named with a specified suffix. The directory suffix can be updated with the configuration parameter alluxio.underfs.gcs.directory.suffix.
Configuring Application Dependency
When building your application to use Alluxio, your application should include a client module, the
alluxio-core-client-fs module to use the
Alluxio file system interface or the
alluxio-core-client-hdfs module to use the
Hadoop file system interface. For example, if you
are using maven, you can add the dependency to your application with:
<!-- Alluxio file system interface --> <dependency> <groupId>org.alluxio</groupId> <artifactId>alluxio-core-client-fs</artifactId> <version>2.0.0</version> </dependency> <!-- HDFS file system interface --> <dependency> <groupId>org.alluxio</groupId> <artifactId>alluxio-core-client-hdfs</artifactId> <version>2.0.0</version> </dependency>
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,
alluxio.underfs.gcs.owner.id.to.username.mapping 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
Mount point sharing
If you want to share the GCS mount point with other users in Alluxio namespace, you can enable
Command such as
chmod to Alluxio directories and files do NOT propagate to the underlying
GCS buckets nor objects.