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Image Service API

This repository is now frozen-in-time and will not accept new patches. To update Image API information, please submit patches to for a new API feature and to for implemented API information.

It was the original holder for API information for the OpenStack Image Service, also known as Glance. The Glance project provides services for discovering, registering, and retrieving virtual machine images. The Image Service provides a RESTful API that allows querying of VM image metadata as well as retrieval of the actual image.

VM images made available through Glance can be stored in a variety of locations from simple filesystems to object-storage systems like the OpenStack Swift project.


Apache Maven must be installed to build the documentation.

To install Maven 3 for Ubuntu 12.04 and later, and Debian wheezy and later:

apt-get install maven

On Fedora 20 and later:

yum install maven


The API is in the openstack-image-service-api directory.

To build a specific guide, look for a pom.xml file within a subdirectory, then run the mvn command in that directory. For example:

cd doc/image-api-v1
mvn clean generate-sources

The generated PDF documentation file is:


The root of the generated HTML documentation is:


Testing of changes and building of the manual

Install the python tox package and run tox from the top-level directory to use the same tests that are done as part of our Jenkins gating jobs.

If you like to run individual tests, run:

  • tox -e checkniceness - to run the niceness tests
  • tox -e checksyntax - to run syntax checks
  • tox -e checkdeletions - to check that no deleted files are referenced
  • tox -e checkbuild - to actually build the manual

tox will use the openstack-doc-tools package for execution of these tests. openstack-doc-tools has a requirement on maven for the build check.


Our community welcomes all people interested in open source cloud computing, and there are no formal membership requirements. The best way to join the community is to talk with others online or at a meet up and offer contributions through the code review process, the OpenStack wiki, or blogs. We welcome all types of contributions, from blueprint designs to documentation to testing to deployment scripts.


Refer to to learn more about installing an OpenStack Image Service server that can respond to these API commands.