Hardware requirements

Pulp de-duplicates content, and makes as efficient use of storage space as possible. Even if you configure Pulp not to store content, it will still require some local storage.


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These are empirical guidelines to give an idea how to estimate what you need. It hugely depends on the scale of the setup (how much content you need, how many repositories you plan to have), frequency (how often you run various tasks) and the workflows (which tasks you perform, which plugin you use) of each specific user.


CPU count is recommended to be equal to the number of pulp workers. It allows to perform N repository operations concurrently. E.g. 2 CPUs, one can sync 2 repositories concurrently.


Out of all operations the highest memory consumption task is likely synchronization of a remote repository. Publication can also be memory consuming, however it depends on the plugin.

For each worker, the suggestion is to plan on 1GB to 3GB. E.g. 4 workers would need 4GB to 12 GB For the database, 1GB is likely enough.

The range for the workers is quite wide because it depends on the plugin. E.g. for RPM plugin, a setup with 2 workers will require around 8GB to be able to sync large repositories. 4GB is likely not enough for some repositories, especially if 2 workers both run sync tasks in parallel.


For disk size, it depends on how one is using Pulp and which storage is used.

Empirical estimation

  • If S3 is used as a backend for artifact storage, it is not required to have a large local storage. 30GB should be enough in the majority of cases.

  • If no content is planned to be stored in the artifact storage, aka only sync from remote source and only with the streamed policy, some storage needs to be allocated for metadata. It depends on the plugin, the size of a repository and the number of different publications. 5GB should be enough for medium-large installation.

  • If content is downloaded on_demand, aka only packages that clients request from Pulp. A good estimation would be 30% of the whole repository size, including futher updates to the content. That the most common usage pattern. If clients use all the packages from a repository, it would use 100% of the repository size.

  • If all content needs to be downloaded, the size of all repositories together is needed. Since Pulp de-duplicates content, this calculation assumes that all repositories have unique content.

  • Any additional content, one plans to upload to or import into Pulp, needs to be counted as well.

  • DB size needs to be taken into account as well.

E.g. For syncing remote repositories with on_demand policy and using local storage, one would need 50GB + 30% of size of all the repository content + the DB.

Filesystem Layout


Pulp will mostly automatically manage the following directories for you. Only if you need to adjust permissions or security contexts and perform a manual installation, you need to prepare them accordingly.

This table provides an overview of how and where Pulp manages its files, which might help you to estimate what diskspace you might need.




Pulp’s configuration file; optional; see Configuration


Home directory of the pulp user


Uploaded Artifacts are stored here; they should only be served through the pulp-content app


Statically served assets like stylesheets, javascript and html; needed for the browsable api


Contains the compiled selinux-policy if pulpcore-selinux is installed


Empty directory used as the document root in the reverse proxy; used to prevent accidentally serving files


Used for working directories of pulp workers


Storage for upload chunks and temporary files that need to be shared between processes


/var/lib/pulp/media will be empty in case a cloud storage is configured Storage