Keystone / Swift integration


Keystone is an Openstack service that provides API client authentication, service discovery, and distributed multi-tenant authorization by implementing OpenStack’s Identity API.

Swift is Openstack object store.

OpenIO SDS implements the Swift API using the same proxy by replacing the middleware by one implementing OpenIO SDS API. Used alongside Keystone, it allows administrators to manage end-users access to the data using the Swift API or the S3 API (through the Swift3 middleware).

On the Openstack project website, you will find the full documentation about configuring and using Keystone. However, it might appear complex to administrators to link usage with the object store, this page will help you understand and using the basics of both solutions used together.

Manage accounts

Accounts are created in Keystone and are then mapped into Swift. When accessing to a Swift resource, the user authenticates against Keystone that handles user authentication using a token that the user will need for each request to Swift. Swift has an access to Keystone to allow or deny each request it receive.

In Keystone API v2, you first to create a user, then give a role to that user in a tenant (aka project). The default domain if default.

To create the first user, we will use the admin token defined in Keystone configuration. Avoid using this credentials as possible. Get the admin token, it is defined by the admin_token parameter in /etc/keystone/keystone.conf. Export it as ADMIN_TOKEN environment variable. Replace controller by the IP address of your Keystone service:

# export OS_TOKEN=$(awk '/^admin_token/ {print $3}' /etc/keystone/keystone.conf)
# export OS_URL=http://controller:35357/v2.0

Now, let’s create an admin user, we will put him in the admin tenant/project and give him the admin role. The admin role is a special role that gives a user the ability to create entities in Keystone: user, projects, roles, etc.

# openstack project create --description "Admin project" admin
# openstack user create --password ADMIN_PASS admin
# openstack role create admin
# openstack role add --project admin --user admin admin

We can now unset previous environment variables and use the admin user we created:


For ease of use, create a keystonerc_admin file containing the admin user credentials. Be careful with the file access rights:

# echo 'export OS_TENANT_NAME=admin
export OS_USERNAME=admin
export OS_AUTH_URL=http://controller:5000/v2.0' >keystonerc_admin

Then source the file to be identified as admin user:

# source keystonerc_admin

Using this account, let’s create other standard account to use with Swift. We start by creating a project demo in which we will add a demo user with a swiftoperator role:

# openstack project create demo
# openstack user create demo --password DEMO_PASS
# openstack role create swiftoperator
# openstack role add --project demo --user demo swiftoperator

Now, identify as demo user, we start by creating a file to easily identify:

# echo 'export OS_TENANT_NAME=demo
export OS_USERNAME=demo
export OS_AUTH_URL=http://controller:5000/v2.0' >keystonerc_demo

Source the file, create a container and add a file in the freshly created container, checking the information of the account, container and file, then download the file pushed. Refer to Openstack Swift command line documentation for more informations on how to use swift command line:

# source keystonerc_demo
# swift stat
# swift post container1
# swift stat container1
# swift upload container1 /etc/magic
# swift stat container1
# swift stat container1 etc/magic
# swift download container etc/magic

File is now at the etc/magic path, note that uploading the file trimmed out the leading /.

Default role _member_ has no rights to modify Swift containers. The swiftoperator role can give access to _member_ users of the project or any other user of any project using ACLs.

Let’s create another user in the demo project as admin:

# source keystone_admin
# openstack user create demo2 --password DEMO2_PASS
# openstack role create _member_
# openstack role add --project demo --user demo2 _member_

Give the read and write right to demo2 using ACLs as demo to our container1:

# source keystone_demo
# swift post -r 'demo:demo2' -w 'demo:demo2' container1

Now let’s create an autentication file keystonerc_demo2:

# echo 'export OS_TENANT_NAME=demo
export OS_USERNAME=demo2
export OS_AUTH_URL=http://controller:5000/v2.0' >keystonerc_demo2

Source the file and access the object storage:

# source keystonerc_demo2
# swift stat container1
# swift list container1
# swift upload container1 myfile

Now let’s share the container to anyone in read-only:

# source keystonerc_demo
# swift post -r '.r:*,.rlistings,demo:demo2' -w 'demo:demo2' container1

To give access to the container and object, you need to share the storage URL, you can get it using the result of the following command:

# swift auth

Public users can access the etc/magic object in the container1 using the OS_STORAGE_URL like:

# curl -XGET http://controller:6007/v1.0/AUTH_6ff0afaaa43f4e2ba5a4f748b959fa7f/container1/etc/magic


The key idea to understand is that Keystone manages accounts and let users access a project resource in the Swift object store.

Projects can be shared to users of the necessary authorization role in a the same project, and containers can be shared to users of any project or publicly to anyone using ACLs.