Swift Plugin Guide

WARNING: The Swift plugin is currently EXPERIMENTAL as incremental indexing is only provided via an experimental OSLO messaging middleware patch while other indexing methodologies are explored for Swift. See proxy-server.conf for additional information.

Integration is provided via a plugin. There are multiple configuration settings required for proper indexing and incremental updates. Some of the settings are specified in Searchlight configuration files. Others are provided in Swift configuration files.

Swift Configuration


Users with the Keystone role defined in reseller_admin_role (ResellerAdmin by default) can operate on any account. The auth system sets the request context variable reseller_request to True if a request is coming from a user with this role.

Searchlight needs this role for its service user to access all of the swift accounts during initial indexing. The searchlight user and service project being referred to here are defined in the service_credentials section of searchlight.conf file. If any of the Swift plugins are enabled, this role must be added prior to running searchlight-manage index sync.

openstack role add --user searchlight --project service ResellerAdmin


Incremental indexing for searchlight is typically provided via OSLO messaging. The Swift service currently doesn’t send notifications, but work has been started to investigate more performant ways to achieve indexing. In the meantime, experimental support for providing notifications via middleware is provided in the following patch:

  1. Apply the patch to the Swift proxy server
  2. Make the below configuration changes to proxy-server.conf
  3. Restart the Swift proxy server
# Add the following new section
paste.filter_factory = swift.common.middleware.oslo_notifications:filter_factory
publisher_id = swift.localhost
#Replace <user>,<password>,<rabbitip> and <rabbitport> for your environment values
transport_url = rabbit://<user>:<password>@<rabbitip>:<rabbitport>/
notification_driver = messaging
notification_topics = notifications

# Add oslomiddleware to pipeline:main
# see example below.
pipeline = catch_errors gatekeeper ...<other>... oslomiddleware proxy-logging proxy-server


Restart the swift proxy API service (s-proxy) after making changes. Starting in Newton, Searchlight can share the same notification topic as other services, because it uses a messaging pool.

Searchlight Configuration

Searchlight resource configuration options are shown below with their configuration file and default values.

See Searchlight Plugin Documentation for common options with their default values, general configuration information, and an example complete configuration.


Unless you are changing to a non-default value, you do not need to specify any of the following configuration options. After enabling or disabling a plugin you do need to restart the searchlight services (searchlight-api and searchlight-listener). After enabling a Swift plugin, you will also need to run the sync job: searchlight-manage index sync –type OS::Swift::Account


Plugin: OS::Swift::Account

enabled = true
resource_group_name = searchlight
# Specify same value as in swift proxy-server.conf for reseller_prefix
reseller_prefix = AUTH_


os_swift_account is disabled by default. You need to explicitly set enabled = True as shown above.

Plugin: OS::Swift::Container

enabled = true
resource_group_name = searchlight


os_swift_container is disabled by default. You need to explicitly set enabled = True as shown above.

Plugin: OS::Swift::Object

enabled = true
resource_group_name = searchlight


os_swift_object is disabled by default. You need to explicitly set enabled = True as shown above.

local.conf (devstack)

At this time we recommend that you manually enable the Searchlight plugins and middleware for Swift after devstack has completed stacking. Please follow the instructions above.

Release Notes (Mitaka)

Notifications must be configured properly for searchlight to process incremental updates. Searchlight must use its own topic. Use the following:

notification_driver = messaging
notification_topics = searchlight_indexer

Large scale swift cluster support is targeted at a future release, but we encourage trial deployments to help us address issues as soon as possible.

Swift did not generate notifications for account/container/object CRUD during the Mitaka release. This means that search results will not include incremental updates after the initial indexing. However, there is a patch available to enable notifications via oslo messaging for the Mitaka release.

For devstack, the easiest way to test is:

cd /opt/stack/swift
git review -x 249471
<restart swift api>

Searchlight developers/installers should apply the above patch in Swift when using Searchlight with the Swift Mitaka release. We are working with the Swift team to create a supported incremental indexing methodology for future releases.

Alternatively, you may set up a cron job to re-index swift account/container/objects periodically to get updated information. The recommendation is to use the notifications, because a full re-indexing will not be performant in large installations.

searchlight-manage index sync --type OS::Swift::Account

The Searchlight Swift plugin resource types follow the hierarchy similar to Swift concepts

 -> OS:Swift::Container(Child)
   -> OS::Swift::Object(Grand Child)

which means indexing is initiated by specifying only the top parent (OS::Swift::Account) and that will in-turn index all the child plugins(Container and Object)

Searchlight is adding indexing isolation in the Newton release via a concept called resource group isolation. This will better support re-indexing scalability.

Additional properties can be similarly protected with the admin_only_fields under each plugin’s configuration section. Glob-like patterns are supported. For instance: