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Volume API

This repository is now frozen-in-time and will not accept new patches. To update Block Storage 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 Block Storage, also known as Cinder. The Cinder project provides open source block-based storage component for cloud computing.

For more details, see the OpenStack Documentation wiki page.

It includes these manuals:

  • Block Storage Service API v1 Reference
  • Block Storage Service API v2 Reference


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 15 and later:

yum install maven3


The manuals are in the v1 and v2 directories.

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 v2
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 encourages you to join the OpenStack Foundation.

The best way to get involved with the community is to talk with others online or at a meetup and offer contributions through our processes, the OpenStack wiki, blogs, or on IRC at #openstack on

We welcome all types of contributions, from blueprint designs to documentation to testing to deployment scripts.

If you would like to contribute to the documents, please see the Documentation HowTo.


Bugs should be filed on Launchpad, not GitHub:


Refer to to see where these documents are published and to learn more about the OpenStack project.