How To Contribute


  1. Our source code is hosted on OpenStack Kolla Git. Bugs should be filed on launchpad.
  2. Please follow OpenStack Gerrit Workflow to contribute to Kolla.
  3. Note the branch you’re proposing changes to. master is the current focus of development. Kolla project has a strict policy of only allowing backports in stable/branch, unless when not applicable. A bug in a stable/branch will first have to be fixed in master.
  4. Please file a launchpad blueprint for any significant code change and a bug for any significant bug fix. See how to reference a bug or a blueprint in the commit message here. For simple changes, contributors may optionally add the text “TrivialFix” to the commit message footer to indicate to reviewers a bug is not required.

Please use the existing sandbox repository, available at, for learning, understanding and testing the Gerrit Workflow.

Adding a new service

Kolla aims to both containerise and deploy all services within the OpenStack “big tent”. This is a constantly moving target as the ecosystem grows, so these guidelines aim to help make adding a new service to Kolla a smooth experience.

The image

Kolla follows Docker best practices ( when designing and implementing services where at all possible.

We use jinja2 templating syntax to help manage the volume and complexity that comes with maintaining multiple Dockerfiles for multiple different base operating systems.

Images should be created under the docker directory. OpenStack services should inherit from the provided openstack-base image, while supporting and infrastructure services (e.g. mongodb) should inherit from base.

Services consisting of only one service should be placed in an image named the same as that service, e.g. horizon. Services that consist of multiple processes generally use a base image and child images, e.g. glance-base, glance-api, and glance-registry.

Jinja2 ‘blocks’ are employed throughout the Dockerfile’s to help operators customise various stages of the build (refer to

Some of these blocks are free form however, there are a subset that should be common to every Dockerfile. The overall structure for a multi container service is as follows:

FROM {{ namespace }}/{{ image_prefix }}openstack-base:{{ tag }}
MAINTAINER {{ maintainer }}

{% block << service >>_header %}{% endblock %}

{% import "macros.j2" as macros with context %}

<< binary specific steps >>

<< source specific steps >>

<< common steps >>

{% block << service >>_footer %}{% endblock %}
{% block footer %}{% endblock %}


The generic footer block {% block footer %}{% endblock %} should not be included in base images (e.g. glance-base).