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  • Skiff (n): a shallow, flat-bottomed, open boat
  • Airskiff (n): a learning development, and gating environment for Airship

What is Airskiff

Airskiff is an easy way to get started with the software delivery components of Airship:

Airskiff is packaged with a set of deployment scripts modeled after the OpenStack-Helm project for seamless developer setup.

These scripts:

  • Download, build, and containerize the Airship components above from source.
  • Deploy a Kubernetes cluster using Minikube.
  • Deploy Armada, Deckhand, and Shipyard using the latest Armada image.
  • Deploy OpenStack using the Airskiff site and charts from the OpenStack-Helm project.


Airskiff is not safe for production use. These scripts are only intended to deploy a minimal development environment.

Common Deployment Requirements

This section covers actions that may be required for some deployment scenarios.

Passwordless sudo

Airskiff relies on scripts that utilize the sudo command. Throughout this guide the assumption is that the user is: ubuntu. It is advised to add the following lines to /etc/sudoers:


Proxy Configuration


This section assumes you have properly defined the standard http_proxy, https_proxy, and no_proxy environment variables and have followed the Docker proxy guide to create a systemd drop-in unit.

In order to deploy Airskiff behind proxy servers, define the following environment variables:

export USE_PROXY=true
export PROXY=${http_proxy}
export no_proxy=${no_proxy},,.svc.cluster.local
export NO_PROXY=${NO_PROXY},,.svc.cluster.local


The .svc.cluster.local address is required to allow the OpenStack client to communicate without being routed through proxy servers. The IP address is the advertised IP address of the minikube Kubernetes cluster. Replace the addresses if your configuration does not match the one defined above.

Deploy Airskiff

Deploy Airskiff using the deployment scripts contained in the tools/deployment/airskiff directory of the airship-treasuremap repository.


Scripts should be run from the root of airship-treasuremap repository.

Install required packages


Alternatively, this step can be performed by running the script directly:


Restart your shell session

At this point, restart your shell session to complete adding $USER to the docker group.

Clone Dependencies


Alternatively, this step can be performed by running the script directly:


Deploy Kubernetes with Minikube


Alternatively, this step can be performed by running the script directly:


Setup OpenStack Client


Alternatively, this step can be performed by running the script directly:


Deploy Airship components using Armada


Alternatively, this step can be performed by running the script directly:


Deploy OpenStack using Airship


Alternatively, this step can be performed by running the script directly:


Use Airskiff

The Airskiff deployment scripts install and configure the OpenStack client for usage on your host machine.

Airship Examples

To use Airship services, set the OS_CLOUD environment variable to airship.

export OS_CLOUD=airship

List the Airship service endpoints:

openstack endpoint list


${SHIPYARD} is the path to a cloned Shipyard repository.

Run Helm tests for all deployed releases:

${SHIPYARD}/tools/ create action test_site

List all Shipyard actions:

${SHIPYARD}/tools/ get actions

For more information about Airship operations, see the Shipyard actions documentation.

OpenStack Examples

To use OpenStack services, set the OS_CLOUD environment variable to openstack:

export OS_CLOUD=openstack

List the OpenStack service endpoints:

openstack endpoint list

List Glance images:

openstack image list

Issue a new Keystone token:

openstack token issue


Airskiff deploys identity, network, cloudformation, placement, compute, orchestration, and image services. You can deploy more services by adding chart groups to site/airskiff/software/manifests/full-site.yaml. For more information, refer to the site authoring and deployment guide.

Develop with Airskiff

Once you have successfully deployed a running cluster, changes to Airship and OpenStack components can be deployed using Shipyard actions or the Airskiff deployment scripts.

This example demonstrates deploying Armada changes using the Airskiff deployment scripts.


${ARMADA} is the path to your cloned Armada repository that contains the changes you wish to deploy. ${TREASUREMAP} is the path to your cloned Treasuremap repository.

Build Armada:

cd ${ARMADA}
make images

Update Airship components:



This section is intended to help you through the initial troubleshooting process. If issues persist after following this guide, please join us on IRC: #airshipit (freenode)

Missing value auth-url required for auth plugin password

If this error message appears when using the OpenStack client, verify your client is configured for authentication:

# For Airship services
export OS_CLOUD=airship

# For OpenStack services
export OS_CLOUD=openstack