How To Contribute

How To Contribute


  1. Our source code is hosted on OpenStack Kolla-Ansible Git. Bugs should be filed on launchpad.
  2. Please follow OpenStack Gerrit Workflow to contribute to Kolla-ansible.
  3. Note the branch you’re proposing changes to. master is the current focus of development. Kolla project has a strict policy of only allowing backports in stable/branch, unless when not applicable. A bug in a stable/branch will first have to be fixed in master.
  4. Please file a blueprint of kolla-ansible for any significant code change and a bug for any significant bug fix, or add a TrivialFix tag to commit message for simple changes. See how to reference a bug or a blueprint in the commit message.
  5. TrivialFix tags or bugs are not required for documentation changes.

Development Environment

Please follow our Quick Start to deploy your environment and test your changes.

Please use the existing sandbox repository, available at sandbox, for learning, understanding and testing the Gerrit Workflow.

Adding a new service

Kolla aims to both containerise and deploy all services within the OpenStack “big tent”. This is a constantly moving target as the ecosystem grows, so these guidelines aim to help make adding a new service to Kolla a smooth experience.

When adding a role for a new service in Ansible, there are couple of patterns that Kolla uses throughout that should be followed.

  • The sample inventories

    Entries should be added for the service in each of ansible/inventory/multinode and ansible/inventory/all-in-one.

  • The playbook

    The main playbook that ties all roles together is in ansible/site.yml, this should be updated with appropriate roles, tags, and conditions. Ensure also that supporting hosts such as haproxy are updated when necessary.

  • The common role

    A common role exists which sets up logging, kolla-toolbox and other supporting components. This should be included in all services within meta/main.yml of your role.

  • Common tasks

    All services should include the following tasks:

    • reconfigure.yml : Used to push new configuration files to the host and restart the service.
    • pull.yml : Used to pre fetch the image into the Docker image cache on hosts, to speed up initial deploys.
    • upgrade.yml : Used for upgrading the service in a rolling fashion. May include service specific setup and steps as not all services can be upgraded in the same way.
  • Logrotation

    • For OpenStack services there should be a cron-logrotate-PROJECT.conf.j2 template file in ansible/roles/common/templates with the following content:

    • For OpenStack services there should be an entry in the services list in the cron.json.j2 template file in ansible/roles/common/templates.

  • Log delivery

    • For OpenStack services the service should add a new rewriterule in the match element in the 01-rewrite.conf.j2 template file in ansible/roles/common/templates/conf/filter to deliver log messages to Elasticsearch.
  • Documentation

    • For OpenStack services there should be an entry in the list OpenStack services in the README.rst file.
    • For infrastructure services there should be an entry in the list Infrastructure components in the README.rst file.
  • Syntax

    • All YAML data files should start with three dashes (---).

Other than the above, most service roles abide by the following pattern:

  • Register: Involves registering the service with Keystone, creating endpoints, roles, users, etc.
  • Config: Distributes the config files to the nodes to be pulled into the container on startup.
  • Bootstrap: Creating the database (but not tables), database user for the service, permissions, etc.
  • Bootstrap Service: Starts a one shot container on the host to create the database tables, and other initial run time config.
  • Start: Start the service(s).
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