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OpenStack project resources cleaner

What is OSPurge ?

  • ospurge is a standalone client-side tool that aims at deleting all resources, taking into account their interdependencies, in a specified OpenStack project.
  • ospurge ensures in a quick and automated way that no resource is left behind when a project is deleted.
  • ospurge can be used by a cloud administrator, this means a user with the admin role, to cleanup any project or by a non-privileged user to cleanup his own project.

Supported resources

At the moment it is possible to purge the following resources from a project:

  • Floating IP
  • Glance Images
  • Instances
  • Networks
  • Routers
  • Security groups
  • Swift containers
  • Swift objects
  • Volumes / Volume snapshots / Volume backups

Exit codes

The following codes are returned when ospurge exits:

  • Code 0: Process exited successfully
  • Code 1: Something went wrong (check the logs)


Create a Python 3 virtual environment:

$ python3 -m venv ospurge
$ source ospurge/bin/activate

Install ospurge with pip:

$ python3 -m pip install git+
$ OR, to checkout at commit 328f6
$ python3 -m pip install git+

Available options can be displayed with ospurge -h:

$ ospurge -h
usage: ospurge [-h] [--verbose] [--dry-run] [--delete-shared-resources]
               (--purge-project ID_OR_NAME | --purge-own-project)
               [--os-cloud <name>] [--os-auth-type <name>]
               [--os-auth-url OS_AUTH_URL] [--os-domain-id OS_DOMAIN_ID]
               [--os-domain-name OS_DOMAIN_NAME]
               [--os-project-id OS_PROJECT_ID]
               [--os-project-name OS_PROJECT_NAME]
               [--os-project-domain-id OS_PROJECT_DOMAIN_ID]
               [--os-project-domain-name OS_PROJECT_DOMAIN_NAME]
               [--os-trust-id OS_TRUST_ID]
               [--os-default-domain-id OS_DEFAULT_DOMAIN_ID]
               [--os-default-domain-name OS_DEFAULT_DOMAIN_NAME]
               [--os-user-id OS_USER_ID] [--os-username OS_USERNAME]
               [--os-user-domain-id OS_USER_DOMAIN_ID]
               [--os-user-domain-name OS_USER_DOMAIN_NAME]
               [--os-password OS_PASSWORD] [--insecure]
               [--os-cacert <ca-certificate>] [--os-cert <certificate>]
               [--os-key <key>] [--timeout <seconds>]
               [--os-service-type <name>] [--os-service-name <name>]
               [--os-interface <name>] [--os-region-name <name>]
               [--os-endpoint-override <name>] [--os-api-version <name>]

Purge resources from an Openstack project.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --verbose             Makes output verbose
  --dry-run             List project's resources
                        Whether to delete shared resources (public images and
                        external networks)
  --admin-role-name ADMIN_ROLE_NAME
                        Name of admin role. Defaults to 'admin'. This role
                        will be temporarily granted on the project to purge to
                        the authenticated user.
  --purge-project ID_OR_NAME
                        ID or Name of project to purge. This option requires
                        to authenticate with admin credentials.
  --purge-own-project   Purge resources of the project used to authenticate.
                        Useful if you don't have the admin credentials of the
  --os-cloud <name>     Named cloud to connect to
  --os-auth-type <name>, --os-auth-plugin <name>
                        Authentication type to use

Authentication Options:
  Options specific to the password plugin.

  --os-auth-url OS_AUTH_URL
                        Authentication URL
  --os-domain-id OS_DOMAIN_ID
                        Domain ID to scope to
  --os-domain-name OS_DOMAIN_NAME
                        Domain name to scope to
  --os-project-id OS_PROJECT_ID, --os-tenant-id OS_PROJECT_ID
                        Project ID to scope to
  --os-project-name OS_PROJECT_NAME, --os-tenant-name OS_PROJECT_NAME
                        Project name to scope to
  --os-project-domain-id OS_PROJECT_DOMAIN_ID
                        Domain ID containing project
  --os-project-domain-name OS_PROJECT_DOMAIN_NAME
                        Domain name containing project
  --os-trust-id OS_TRUST_ID
                        Trust ID
  --os-default-domain-id OS_DEFAULT_DOMAIN_ID
                        Optional domain ID to use with v3 and v2 parameters.
                        It will be used for both the user and project domain
                        in v3 and ignored in v2 authentication.
  --os-default-domain-name OS_DEFAULT_DOMAIN_NAME
                        Optional domain name to use with v3 API and v2
                        parameters. It will be used for both the user and
                        project domain in v3 and ignored in v2 authentication.
  --os-user-id OS_USER_ID
                        User id
  --os-username OS_USERNAME, --os-user-name OS_USERNAME
  --os-user-domain-id OS_USER_DOMAIN_ID
                        User's domain id
  --os-user-domain-name OS_USER_DOMAIN_NAME
                        User's domain name
  --os-password OS_PASSWORD
                        User's password

API Connection Options:
  Options controlling the HTTP API Connections

  --insecure            Explicitly allow client to perform "insecure" TLS
                        (https) requests. The server's certificate will not be
                        verified against any certificate authorities. This
                        option should be used with caution.
  --os-cacert <ca-certificate>
                        Specify a CA bundle file to use in verifying a TLS
                        (https) server certificate. Defaults to
  --os-cert <certificate>
                        Defaults to env[OS_CERT].
  --os-key <key>        Defaults to env[OS_KEY].
  --timeout <seconds>   Set request timeout (in seconds).

Service Options:
  Options controlling the specialization of the API Connection from
  information found in the catalog

  --os-service-type <name>
                        Service type to request from the catalog
  --os-service-name <name>
                        Service name to request from the catalog
  --os-interface <name>
                        API Interface to use [public, internal, admin]
  --os-region-name <name>
                        Region of the cloud to use
  --os-endpoint-override <name>
                        Endpoint to use instead of the endpoint in the catalog
  --os-api-version <name>
                        Which version of the service API to use

Example usage

To remove a project, credentials have to be provided. The usual OpenStack environment variables can be used. When launching the ospurge script, the project to be cleaned up has to be provided, by using either the --purge-project option or the --purge-own-project option. When the command returns, any resources that belong to the project will have been definitively deleted.

  • Setting OpenStack credentials:
$ export OS_USERNAME=admin
$ export OS_PASSWORD=password
$ export OS_TENANT_NAME=admin
$ export OS_AUTH_URL=http://localhost:5000/v2.0
  • Removing resources:
$ ./ospurge --verbose --purge-project demo
WARNING:root:2016-10-27 20:59:12,001:Going to list and/or delete resources from project 'demo'
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:12,426:Going to delete VM (id='be1cce96-fd4c-49fc-9029-db410d376258', name='cb63bb6c-de93-4213-9998-68c2a532018a')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:12,967:Waiting for check_prerequisite() in FloatingIPs
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:15,169:Waiting for check_prerequisite() in FloatingIPs
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:19,258:Going to delete Floating IP (id='14846ada-334a-4447-8763-829364bb0d18')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:19,613:Going to delete Snapshot (id='2e7aa42f-5596-49bf-976a-e572e6c96224', name='cb63bb6c-de93-4213-9998-68c2a532018a')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:19,953:Going to delete Volume Backup (id='64a8b6d8-021e-4680-af58-0a5a04d29ed2', name='cb63bb6c-de93-4213-9998-68c2a532018a'
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:20,717:Going to delete Router Interface (id='7240a5df-eb83-447b-8966-f7ad2a583bb9', router_id='7057d141-29c7-4596-8312-16b441012083')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:27,009:Going to delete Router Interface (id='fbae389d-ff69-4649-95cb-5ec8a8a64d03', router_id='7057d141-29c7-4596-8312-16b441012083')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:28,672:Going to delete Router (id='7057d141-29c7-4596-8312-16b441012083', name='router1')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:31,365:Going to delete Port (id='09e452bf-804d-489a-889c-be0eda7ecbca', network_id='e282fc84-7c79-4d47-a94c-b74f7a775682)'
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:32,398:Going to delete Security Group (id='7028fbd2-c998-428d-8d41-28293c3de052', name='6256fb6c-0118-4f18-8424-0f68aadb9457')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:33,668:Going to delete Network (id='dd33dd12-4c3e-4162-8a5c-23941922271f', name='private')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:36,119:Going to delete Image (id='39df8b40-3acd-404c-935c-d9f15732dfa6', name='cb63bb6c-de93-4213-9998-68c2a532018a')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:36,953:Going to delete Volume (id='f482283a-25a9-419e-af92-81ec8c62e1cd', name='cb63bb6c-de93-4213-9998-68c2a532018a')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:48,790:Going to delete Object 'cb63bb6c-de93-4213-9998-68c2a532018a.raw' from Container 'cb63bb6c-de93-4213-9998-68c2a532018a'
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:48,895:Going to delete Container (name='6256fb6c-0118-4f18-8424-0f68aadb9457')
INFO:root:2016-10-27 20:59:48,921:Going to delete Container (name='volumebackups')
  • Projects can be deleted with the python-openstackclient command-line interface:
$ openstack project delete <project>
  • Users can be deleted with the python-openstackclient command-line interface:
$ openstack user delete <user>

How to extend

Given the ever-widening OpenStack ecosystem, OSPurge can't support every OpenStack services. We intend to support in-tree, only the 'core' services. Fortunately, OSPurge is easily extensible. There are 2 methods and you can chose the one you prefer:

1: Add a new Python module in the resources package and define one or more Python class(es) that subclass ospurge.resources.base.ServiceResource. Your module will automatically be loaded and your methods called.

2: Create your standalone python modules and in your module's or setup.cfg file add an entry point to ospurge_resources pointing to the python module in which you subclass ospurge.resources.base.ServiceResource. example:

from setuptools import setup

        'ospurge_resources': [
            'foo = my_module.submodule_with_subclass',

setup.cfg example:

ospurge_resources =
    foo = my_module.submodule_with_subclass

Once your module installed, it will automatically be loaded and your methods called.

More examples on entry points:

Have a look at the main.main and main.runner functions to fully understand the mechanism.

Note: We won't accept any patch that broaden what OSPurge supports, beyond the core services.

How to contribute

OSPurge is hosted on the OpenStack infrastructure and is using Gerrit to manage contributions. You can contribute to the project by following the OpenStack Development workflow.

Start hacking right away with:

$ git clone

Design decisions

  • OSPurge depends on openstacksdk to manage authentication. This way, environment variables (OS*) and CLI options are properly handled.
  • OSPurge is built on top of openstacksdk. OpenstackSDK is a client library for interacting with OpenStack clouds. With the SDK, OSPurge can focus on the cleaning resources logic and not on properly building the various Python OpenStack clients and dealing with their not-so-intuitive API.