PLEASE NOTE: This document applies to v1.6 version and not to the latest stable release v1.9

    Ceph Object Store CRD

    Rook allows creation and customization of object stores through the custom resource definitions (CRDs). The following settings are available for Ceph object stores.


    Erasure Coded

    Erasure coded pools can only be used with dataPools. The metadataPool must use a replicated pool.

    NOTE: This sample requires at least 3 bluestore OSDs, with each OSD located on a different node.

    The OSDs must be located on different nodes, because the failureDomain is set to host and the erasureCoded chunk settings require at least 3 different OSDs (2 dataChunks + 1 codingChunks).

    apiVersion: ceph.rook.io/v1
    kind: CephObjectStore
      name: my-store
      namespace: rook-ceph
        failureDomain: host
          size: 3
        failureDomain: host
          dataChunks: 2
          codingChunks: 1
      preservePoolsOnDelete: true
        # sslCertificateRef:
        port: 80
        # securePort: 443
        instances: 1
        # A key/value list of annotations
        #  key: value
        #  nodeAffinity:
        #    requiredDuringSchedulingIgnoredDuringExecution:
        #      nodeSelectorTerms:
        #      - matchExpressions:
        #        - key: role
        #          operator: In
        #          values:
        #          - rgw-node
        #  tolerations:
        #  - key: rgw-node
        #    operator: Exists
        #  podAffinity:
        #  podAntiAffinity:
        #  topologySpreadConstraints:
        #  limits:
        #    cpu: "500m"
        #    memory: "1024Mi"
        #  requests:
        #    cpu: "500m"
        #    memory: "1024Mi"
        #name: zone-a

    Object Store Settings


    • name: The name of the object store to create, which will be reflected in the pool and other resource names.
    • namespace: The namespace of the Rook cluster where the object store is created.


    The pools allow all of the settings defined in the Pool CRD spec. For more details, see the Pool CRD settings. In the example above, there must be at least three hosts (size 3) and at least three devices (2 data + 1 coding chunks) in the cluster.

    When the zone section is set pools with the object stores name will not be created since the object-store will the using the pools created by the ceph-object-zone.

    • metadataPool: The settings used to create all of the object store metadata pools. Must use replication.
    • dataPool: The settings to create the object store data pool. Can use replication or erasure coding.
    • preservePoolsOnDelete: If it is set to ‘true’ the pools used to support the object store will remain when the object store will be deleted. This is a security measure to avoid accidental loss of data. It is set to ‘false’ by default. If not specified is also deemed as ‘false’.

    Gateway Settings

    The gateway settings correspond to the RGW daemon settings.

    • type: S3 is supported
    • sslCertificateRef: If specified, this is the name of the Kubernetes secret(opaque or tls type) that contains the TLS certificate to be used for secure connections to the object store. Rook will look in the secret provided at the cert key name. The value of the cert key must be in the format expected by the RGW service: “The server key, server certificate, and any other CA or intermediate certificates be supplied in one file. Each of these items must be in PEM form.”
    • port: The port on which the Object service will be reachable. If host networking is enabled, the RGW daemons will also listen on that port. If running on SDN, the RGW daemon listening port will be 8080 internally.
    • securePort: The secure port on which RGW pods will be listening. A TLS certificate must be specified either via sslCerticateRef or service.annotations
    • instances: The number of pods that will be started to load balance this object store.
    • externalRgwEndpoints: A list of IP addresses to connect to external existing Rados Gateways (works with external mode). This setting will be ignored if the CephCluster does not have external spec enabled. Refer to the external cluster section for more details.
    • annotations: Key value pair list of annotations to add.
    • labels: Key value pair list of labels to add.
    • placement: The Kubernetes placement settings to determine where the RGW pods should be started in the cluster.
    • resources: Set resource requests/limits for the Gateway Pod(s), see Resource Requirements/Limits.
    • priorityClassName: Set priority class name for the Gateway Pod(s)
    • service: The annotations to set on to the Kubernetes Service of RGW. The service serving cert feature supported in Openshift is enabled by the following example:
          service.beta.openshift.io/serving-cert-secret-name: <name of TLS secret for automatic generation>

    Example of external rgw endpoints to connect to:

      port: 80
        - ip:

    This will create a service with the endpoint on port 80, pointing to the Ceph object external gateway. All the other settings from the gateway section will be ignored, except for securePort.

    Zone Settings

    The zone settings allow the object store to join custom created ceph-object-zone.

    • name: the name of the ceph-object-zone the object store will be in.

    Runtime settings

    MIME types

    Rook provides a default mime.types file for each Ceph object store. This file is stored in a Kubernetes ConfigMap with the name rook-ceph-rgw-<STORE-NAME>-mime-types. For most users, the default file should suffice, however, the option is available to users to edit the mime.types file in the ConfigMap as they desire. Users may have their own special file types, and particularly security conscious users may wish to pare down the file to reduce the possibility of a file type execution attack.

    Rook will not overwrite an existing mime.types ConfigMap so that user modifications will not be destroyed. If the object store is destroyed and recreated, the ConfigMap will also be destroyed and created anew.

    Health settings

    Rook-Ceph will be default monitor the state of the object store endpoints. The following CRD settings are available:

    • healthCheck: main object store health monitoring section

    Here is a complete example:

        disabled: false
        interval: 60s

    The endpoint health check procedure is the following:

    1. Create an S3 user
    2. Create a bucket with that user
    3. PUT the file in the object store
    4. GET the file from the object store
    5. Verify object consistency
    6. Update CR health status check

    Rook-Ceph always keeps the bucket and the user for the health check, it just does a PUT and GET of an s3 object since creating a bucket is an expensive operation.

    Security settings

    Ceph RGW supports encryption via Key Management System (KMS) using HashiCorp Vault. Refer to the vault kms section for detailed explanation. If these settings are defined, then RGW establish a connection between Vault and whenever S3 client sends a request with Server Side Encryption, it encrypts that using the key specified by the client. For more details w.r.t RGW, please refer Ceph Vault documentation

    The security section contains settings related to KMS encryption of the RGW.

          KMS_PROVIDER: vault
          VAULT_ADDR: http://vault.default.svc.cluster.local:8200
          VAULT_BACKEND_PATH: rgw
          VAULT_BACKEND: v2
        # name of the k8s secret containing the kms authentication token
        tokenSecretName: rgw-vault-token

    For RGW, please note the following:

    • VAULT_SECRET_ENGINE option is specifically for RGW to mention about the secret engine which can be used, currently supports two: kv and transit. And for kv engine only version 2 is supported.
    • The Storage administrator needs to create a secret in the Vault server so that S3 clients use that key for encryption $ vault kv put rook/ key=$(openssl rand -base64 32) # kv engine $ vault write -f transit/keys/ exportable=true # transit engine

    • TLS authentication with custom certs between Vault and RGW are yet to be supported.