Onedata Docker volume plugin


Docker volume plugins allow creation of Docker volumes independently of any containers, enabling automatic connection between containers and custom storage systems, without the necessity of installing any third party software inside the containers.

Onedata volume plugin allows to create volumes for your spaces. Each volume represents a specific Oneclient set of settings in terms of Oneprovider host and access token, i.e. multiple users can have different volumes on the same host machine.

Using Onedata Docker volume plugins, enables users to access Onedata spaces from their containers without having to manually start Oneclient neither on the host or within the container.


The Onedata Docker volume plugin can be installed using packages which are provided for Ubuntu Wily, Ubuntu Xenial, CentOS 7 and Fedora 23.

The easiest way is to use our automated installation script:

# Using cURL
$ curl -sSL | sh

# Or using wget
$ wget -qO- | sh

The script will automatically check for Docker and install latest Docker if none is installed on the host, after a short warning message.

If an older version of Docker than required (1.13) is installed the script will abort, and a newer Docker version must be installed manually.

After the install script completes, latest oneclient version will be installed on the host, which can be verified using:

$ oneclient -V
Oneclient: 18.02.3
FUSE library: 2.9

Onedata Docker volume plugin is installed as a systemd service, and can be managed using systemctl command. After installation is complete it should be enabled and started as follows:

$ sudo systemctl enable docker-volume-onedata.service
$ sudo systemctl start docker-volume-onedata.service

In order to check that the service is running properly, the following command can be used and the expected output should look similar to this example:

$ sudo systemctl status docker-volume-onedata.service

● docker-volume-onedata.service - Onedata Docker volume plugin
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/docker-volume-onedata.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Wed 2017-08-02 11:08:59 CEST; 1h 56min ago
 Main PID: 5481 (docker-volume-o)
    Tasks: 3
   Memory: 1.2M
      CPU: 182ms
   CGroup: /system.slice/docker-volume-onedata.service
           └─5481 /usr/bin/docker-volume-onedata /var/lib/docker/plugins

Aug 02 22:08:59 ubuntu systemd[1]: Started Onedata Docker volume plugin.
Aug 02 22:08:59 ubuntu docker-volume-onedata[5481]: Plugins root: /var/lib/docker/plugins
Aug 02 22:08:59 ubuntu docker-volume-onedata[5481]: time="2017-08-02T11:08:59+02:00" level=info msg="Listening on Unix socket: /run/docker/plugins/


Once the Onedata Docker volume plugin service is running, all users in the docker group can create their volumes.

Creating volumes

A basic command to create a volume named my_volume, which mounts user spaces from a specific Oneprovider and with a specific access token is as follows:

$ docker volume create --driver onedata \
        -o host=$ONEPROVIDER_HOSTNAME \
        -o token=$ACCESS_TOKEN \

In cases when connecting to a Oneprovider instance without a trusted certificate, -o insecure=true option must be added. Additionally, Onedata Docker volume plugins supports all regular Oneclient command line options, which must be added with -o followed by option name, equal sign and value (e.g. -o force-direct-io=true -o read-buffer-max-size=52428800):

After the volume is created successfully, it's settings can be checked using:

$ docker volume inspect my_volume

        "Driver": "onedata",
        "Labels": {},
        "Mountpoint": "/var/lib/docker/plugins/volumes/6a539918ac2c5baf8c0dbf324fe3826f",
        "Name": "my_volume",
        "Options": {
            "host": "",
            "insecure": "true",
            "token": "MDAxNWxvY2F00aW9uIG9uZXpvbmUKMDAzYmlkZW500aWZpZXIgRHR00WTg5dHNHOFZxSzVBZkJhamtaa004wMU5ocWc00azI3WkV00Z00ZkdDJSawowMDFhY2lkIHRpbWUgPCAxNTE5NDgyNDc4CjAwMmZzaWduYXR1cmUgt01Zu6WZ2Wqt3s02nUItRAVDBMYWx6BlBTNQ5KBNqQSDI1"
        "Scope": "local"

Creating volume does not automatically invoke Oneclient and does connect to Oneprovider in anyway. Only when a container is started with this volume attached, the Oneclient will be invoked. If multiple containers have the same volume attached, the Oneclient will be automatically unmounted after the last container is stopped.

To remove a volume simply run:

$ docker volume rm my_volume

This command will not remove any data, it will simply remove the volume entry from local Docker configuration on the host.

Using volumes in containers

In order to attach a volume to container, simply start any Docker image and attach the Onedata volume to some directory within the container, e.g.:

$ docker run -v my_volume:/spaces -it alpine ls /spaces


Please note, that the Docker image doesn't need any Onedata specific packages installed.


Docker volume plugins do have a serious security limitation, which allows any user in the docker group to access any volumes on the host, regardless of which user created them. Thus, it is advisable to only use Docker volume plugins on machines with exclusive access or where only trusted users have access, as they will be able to access any Onedata volume created on this host.