Create a Ceph filesystem

Creating pools

A Ceph filesystem requires at least two RADOS pools, one for data and one for metadata. When configuring these pools, you might consider:

  • Using a higher replication level for the metadata pool, as any data loss in this pool can render the whole filesystem inaccessible.

  • Using lower-latency storage such as SSDs for the metadata pool, as this will directly affect the observed latency of filesystem operations on clients.

  • The data pool used to create the file system is the “default” data pool and the location for storing all inode backtrace information, used for hard link management and disaster recovery. For this reason, all inodes created in CephFS have at least one object in the default data pool. If erasure-coded pools are planned for the file system, it is usually better to use a replicated pool for the default data pool to improve small-object write and read performance for updating backtraces. Separately, another erasure-coded data pool can be added (see also Erasure code) that can be used on an entire hierarchy of directories and files (see also File layouts).

Refer to Pools to learn more about managing pools. For example, to create two pools with default settings for use with a filesystem, you might run the following commands:

$ ceph osd pool create cephfs_data <pg_num>
$ ceph osd pool create cephfs_metadata <pg_num>

Generally, the metadata pool will have at most a few gigabytes of data. For this reason, a smaller PG count is usually recommended. 64 or 128 is commonly used in practice for large clusters.


The names of the file systems, metadata pools, and data pools can only have characters in the set [a-zA-Z0-9_-.].

Creating a filesystem

Once the pools are created, you may enable the filesystem using the fs new command:

$ ceph fs new <fs_name> <metadata> <data>

For example:

$ ceph fs new cephfs cephfs_metadata cephfs_data
$ ceph fs ls
name: cephfs, metadata pool: cephfs_metadata, data pools: [cephfs_data ]

Once a filesystem has been created, your MDS(s) will be able to enter an active state. For example, in a single MDS system:

$ ceph mds stat
cephfs-1/1/1 up {0=a=up:active}

Once the filesystem is created and the MDS is active, you are ready to mount the filesystem. If you have created more than one filesystem, you will choose which to use when mounting.

If you have created more than one filesystem, and a client does not specify a filesystem when mounting, you can control which filesystem they will see by using the ceph fs set-default command.

Using Erasure Coded pools with CephFS

You may use Erasure Coded pools as CephFS data pools as long as they have overwrites enabled, which is done as follows:

ceph osd pool set my_ec_pool allow_ec_overwrites true

Note that EC overwrites are only supported when using OSDS with the BlueStore backend.

You may not use Erasure Coded pools as CephFS metadata pools, because CephFS metadata is stored using RADOS OMAP data structures, which EC pools cannot store.