The aodh shell utility

The aodh shell utility interacts with Aodh API from the command line. It supports the entirety of the Aodh API.

You’ll need to provide aodh with your OpenStack credentials. You can do this with the --os-username, --os-password, --os-tenant-id and --os-auth-url options, but it’s easier to just set them as environment variables:


Your OpenStack username.


Your password.


Project to work on.


The OpenStack auth server URL (keystone).

For example, in Bash you would use:

export OS_USERNAME=user
export OS_PASSWORD=pass
export OS_TENANT_NAME=myproject
export OS_AUTH_URL=

The command line tool will attempt to reauthenticate using your provided credentials for every request. You can override this behavior by manually supplying an auth token using --aodh-endpoint and --os-auth-token. You can alternatively set these environment variables:

export OS_AUTH_PLUGIN=token
export OS_AUTH_TOKEN=3bcc3d3a03f44e3d8377f9247b0ad155

Also, if the server doesn’t support authentication, you can provide --os-auth-plugin aodh-noauth, --aodh-endpoint, --user-id and --project-id. You can alternatively set these environment variables:

export OS_AUTH_PLUGIN=aodh-noauth
export AODH_USER_ID=99aae-4dc2-4fbc-b5b8-9688c470d9cc
export AODH_PROJECT_ID=c8d27445-48af-457c-8e0d-1de7103eae1f

From there, all shell commands take the form:

aodh <command> [arguments...]

Run aodh help to get a full list of all possible commands, and run aodh help <command> to get detailed help for that command.


Create a Ceilometer threshold alarm:

openstack alarm create --name alarm1 --description 'CPU High Average' \
--type threshold --meter-name cpu_util \
--threshold 5 --comparison-operator gt --statistic avg \
--period 60 --evaluation-periods 3 \
--query "metadata.user_metadata.stack=$heat_stack_id" \
--alarm-action 'log://'

Create a Gnocchi threshold alarm:

openstack alarm create -t gnocchi_resources_threshold --name alarm1 \
--metric cpu_util --threshold 5 --resource_id <RES_ID> \
--resource_type generic --aggregation_method mean --project-id <PROJ_ID>

List alarms:

openstack alarm list

List alarm with query parameters:

openstack alarm list --query "state=alarm and type=gnocchi_resources_threshold"

Show an alarm’s history:

openstack alarm-history show <ALARM_ID>

Search alarm history data:

openstack alarm-history search --query 'timestamp>"2016-03-09T01:22:35"'