Cloud Block Storage and CLIs: cinder

To interact with Cloud Block Storage at the command line, you can use Rackspace CLI (rack), tools created specifically for the purpose of interacting with OpenStack based clouds (nova and cinder) or general-purpose tools (cURL).

Because Cloud Servers and Cloud Block Storage work so closely together, the command-line tools that work well with Cloud Servers also work well with Cloud Block Storage.

You can read about these as a group at Cloud Servers and CLIs: rack, nova, and supernova or you can go directly to the tool that interests you:

You can also use the cinder CLI, focused on Cloud Block Storage.

Before you can use one of these tools, you must install a local (client) copy. The installation procedure varies for each tool and is documented with the tool.

The commands that you can send are the the same as the requests you can send to the API endpoint, but they are wrapped in the syntax of the client. The Cloud Block Storage API Reference lists those requests for Cloud Block Storage.

The Getting Started Guide for the Cloud Block Storage API includes many examples of using cURL, especially at Using the API directly by using cURL.

If you have both the cinder client and a cURL client installed on your local computer, you can choose to issue commands either through your local copy of the cinder client or by using a general-purpose client such as cURL, by sending a request to the instance of the python-cinderclient that is active at the API endpoint for Cloud Block Storage. You can see both methods demonstrated in the Cloud Block Storage API documentation, under Cloud Block Storage quotas.

  • cinder users send a short command, reusing details provided when the cinder client was configured:

    cinder quota-usage yourAccountID
  • cURL users send a long command or series of commands, specifying details required to perform the API request:

    curl -i -X GET \
    -H "X-Auth-Project-Id: yourAccountID" \
    -H "User-Agent: python-cinderclient" \
    -H "Accept: application/json" \
    -H "X-Auth-Token: yourAuthToken"