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Get OpenStack

Revision as of 16:03, 20 November 2014 by Ociuhandu (talk | contribs) (Linux Distributions Including OpenStack)

How to get OpenStack

OpenStack is a large and fast moving project. We are also an upstream project, with a large community of packagers and distributions who redistribute our work.

The best way to install OpenStack is to rely on one of the downstream distributions, which will take care of many of the details for you. There are also source code installers oriented towards developers.

Also, you don't have to install OpenStack - there are Cloud services that can provide OpenStack, without ever installing the software.

The current release of OpenStack is 2013.2 Havana

Get the source code

Refer to Getting The Code

Linux Distributions Including OpenStack

OpenStack is available for all major Linux Distributions. Refer to the install documentation for more:

DevOps Installers

For those that deploy rather than install, there are several DevOps options for automating your installation of OpenStack.


See Chef/GettingStarted page for a starting point. There is also an Chef for OpenStack page that goes further in depth.

There are multiple Chef cookbooks, but there is a dedicated community of developers from AT&T, IBM, Rackspace and other companies working on the set on StackForge:

There are alternative repositories available:

  • Rackspace Cloud Builders maintain a set of repositories with openstack-related chef cookbooks on github at [1]
  • Dell Crowbar is an OpenStack deployment solution built on top of Chef. They maintain their Chef recipes on github at crowbar/crowbar
  • SUSE Cloud Admin Appliance is powered by OpenStack and allows you to deploy OpenStack quickly and easily using Crowbar on Chef


  • Puppet Labs maintains a set of puppet modules for OpenStack at puppetlabs/puppetlabs-openstack.
  • NII developed a Puppet-based tool called dodai-deploy. It is available for download on github at nii-cloud/dodai-deploy. Documentation for dodai-deploy can be found on the wiki at its github site.
  • RDO, at openstack.redhat.com, is a packaging of OpenStack for Red Hat distributions (Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, SL) using Packstack, which uses Puppet.


Developer Installers

For developers, there are installers that create a core development environment.

  • Devstack is the developer installer.
  • ANVIL is version of devstack, written in Python.

OpenStack Public Clouds

Commercial Distributions

  • Canonical, the first company to commercially distribute and support OpenStack, provides Ubuntu, which remains the reference operating system for the project.
  • Cloudscaling is an enterprise grade Open Cloud System built with OpenStack.
  • Metacloud provides Metacloud OpenStack®, a remotely engineered and operated distribution of OpenStack that provides a public cloud experience for developers and administrators, privately in any data center.
  • Mirantis provides Mirantis OpenStack, which is a scalable, hardened distribution of OpenStack. Also included are the open-source Fuel project, key related projects and certified third-party plug-ins.
  • Nebula is developing an OpenStack appliance.
  • Piston Cloud Computing offers a free trial of their Piston Enterprise OpenStack product.
  • Red Hat provides Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, OpenStack integrated tightly to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, with a large array of certified OpenStack partners.
  • StackOps provides StackOps Enterprise Edition for IT Professionals, Hosters and Services Providers. It also offers a free version for small Private Clouds and Testing Labs StackOps Community Edition.
  • SUSE provides SUSE Cloud based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)

Miscellaneous Notes

If you're a packager looking for packaging tips, see PackagerResources.