OpenStack Shared Filesystems (manila) documentation

What is Manila?

Manila is the OpenStack Shared Filesystems service for providing Shared Filesystems as a service. Some of the goals of Manila are to be/have:

  • Component based architecture: Quickly add new behaviors

  • Highly available: Scale to very serious workloads

  • Fault-Tolerant: Isolated processes avoid cascading failures

  • Recoverable: Failures should be easy to diagnose, debug, and rectify

  • Open Standards: Be a reference implementation for a community-driven api

For end users

As an end user of Manila, you’ll use Manila to create a remote file system with either tools or the API directly: python-manilaclient, or by directly using the REST API.

Tools for using Manila


Using the Manila API

All features of Manila are exposed via a REST API that can be used to build more complicated logic or automation with Manila. This can be consumed directly or via various SDKs. The following resources can help you get started consuming the API directly:

For operators

This section has details for deploying and maintaining Manila services.

Installing Manila

Manila can be configured standalone using the configuration setting auth_strategy = noauth, but in most cases you will want to at least have the Keystone Identity service and other OpenStack services installed.

Administrating Manila




Additional resources

For contributors

If you are a new contributor start here.

Additional reference


Additional reference