Pulp uses django-storages to support multiple storage backends. If no backend is configured, Pulp will by default use the local filesystem. If you want to use another storage backend such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), you’ll need to configure Pulp.

Amazon S3

Setting up S3

In order to use Amazon S3, you’ll need to set up an AWS account. Then you’ll need to create a bucket for Pulp to use. Then you’ll need to go into Identity and Access Management (IAM) in AWS to create a user that Pulp will use to access your S3 bucket. Save the access key id and secret access key.

Configuring Pulp

To have Pulp use S3, you’ll need to install the optional django-storages and boto3 Python packages in the pulp virtual environment:

pip install django-storages[boto3]

Next you’ll need to set DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE to storages.backends.s3boto3.S3Boto3Storage in your Pulp settings. At a minimum, you’ll also need to set AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY, and AWS_STORAGE_BUCKET_NAME. For more S3 configuration options, see the django-storages documents.

You will also want to set the MEDIA_ROOT configuration option. This will be the path in your bucket that Pulp will use. An empty string is acceptable as well if you want Pulp to create its folders in the top level of the bucket.

Here is an example configuration that will use a bucket called pulp3 that is hosted in region eu-central-1:

AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY = 'qR+vjWPU50fCqQuUWbj9Fain/j2pV+ZtBCiDiieS'
AWS_DEFAULT_ACL = "@none None"
S3_USE_SIGV4 = True
AWS_S3_REGION_NAME = "eu-central-1"
DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE = 'storages.backends.s3boto3.S3Boto3Storage'

If the system that hosts Pulp is running in AWS and has been configured with an instance profile that provides access to the S3 bucket you can omit the AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY parameters as the underlying boto3 library will pick them up automatically.

It is only necessary to set AWS_DEFAULT_ACL to "@none None" if you have set the BlockPublicAcls option in the Block Public Access settings of your bucket or of your AWS account. The default setting in the latest version of django-storages is public-read, which will get blocked. This is set to change in a future release.

Azure Blob storage

Setting up Azure Blob storage

In order to use Azure Blob Storage, you’ll need to set up an Azure account. Then create a storage account, and in that storage account, create a container under Blob service. The access credentials can be found at the storage account level, at Access keys (these are automatically generated).

Configuring Pulp

To have Pulp use Azure Blob storage, you’ll need to install the optional django-storages[azure] package in the pulp virtual environment:

pip install django-storages[azure]

Next you’ll need to set the DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE to storages.backends.azure_storage.AzureStorage in your pulp settings, and configure following parameters in your pulp settings file (for a comprehensive overview of all possible options for the Azure Blob storage backend see the django-storages[azure] documents <>_):

AZURE_ACCOUNT_NAME = 'Storage account name'
AZURE_CONTAINER = 'Container name (as created within the blob service of your storage account)'
AZURE_ACCOUNT_KEY = 'Key1 or Key2 from the access keys of your storage account'
AZURE_LOCATION = 'the folder within the container where your pulp objects will be stored'