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Get 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.

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 similar to devstack, written in Python.

OpenStack Public Clouds

The OpenStack Marketplace has a section dedicated to public clouds known to use OpenStack.

Commercial Distributions

The OpenStack Marketplace has an up-to-date list of known OpenStack distributions.

Miscellaneous Notes

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