etcd #0

  • By alai
  • stable, edge
Supports: trusty
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A highly-available key value store for shared configuration and service
discovery. etcd is inspired by Apache ZooKeeper and doozer, with a
focus on being:

Simple: curl'able user facing API (HTTP+JSON)
Secure: optional SSL client cert authentication
Fast: benchmarked 1000s of writes/s per instance
Reliable: properly distributed using Raft

etcd is written in Go and uses the Raft consensus algorithm to
manage a highly-available replicated log.


Etcd is a highly available distributed key value store that provides a reliable
way to store data across a cluster of machines. Etcd gracefully handles master
elections during network partitions and will tolerate machine failure, including
the master.

Your applications can read and write data into etcd. A simple use-case is to
store database connection details or feature flags in etcd as key value pairs.
These values can be watched, allowing your app to reconfigure itself when they

Advanced uses take advantage of the consistency guarantees to implement
database master elections or do distributed locking across a cluster of workers.

Etcd allows storing data in a distributed hierarchical database with observation.


We can deploy a single node easily with

juju deploy cs:trusty/etcd

Add and capacity with:

juju add-unit -n 2 etcd

Its recommended to run an odd number of machines as it has greater redundancy than
even number (ie. 4, you can lose 1 before quorum is lost, where as 5, you can 2).

Advanced Usage

This charm also supports a proxy relation, when using the ETCD cluster as a
discovery service for your own applications. Reference the
upstream documentation
to learn more about this feature of ETCD

juju add-relation <service>:<relation> etcd:proxy

For each node in the cluster, you will receive a cluster-string that you can
use to point your application into the cluster and join the gossip.


Health of the cluster can be checked by verified via juju actions

juju action do etcd/0 health
<return response uuid>
juju action fetch <uuid>

Usage Caveats

This charm requires Leader Election, which is a feature of Juju >= 1.23.2. The
charm will panic and refuse to continue if the leader_election binary is not
found. Please take care when deploying this charm on older versions of Juju.


The etcd charm was originally written by Kapil Thangavelu (@kapilt).


The kubernetes team maintains this charm:
- Whit Morriss <>
- Charles Butler <>
- Matt Bruzek <>

Upstream Project Information


(string) Location of etcd binary release to fetch
(boolean) *DEPRECIATED* Enable debug logging
(boolean) *DEPRECIATED* Enable log snapshots
(string) SHA1 Sum of etcd binary release