Teuthology – The Ceph integration test framework

teuthology is an automation framework for Ceph, written in Python. It is used to run the vast majority of its tests and was developed because the unique requirements of testing such a highly distributed system with active kernel development meant that no other framework existed that could do its job.

The name ‘teuthology’ refers to the study of cephalopods.


The general mode of operation of teuthology is to remotely orchestrate operations on remote hosts over SSH, as implemented by Paramiko. A typical job consists of multiple nested tasks, each of which perform operations on a remote host over the network.

When testing, it is common to group many jobs together to form a test run.

If you are new to teuthology and simply want to run existing tests, check out Introduction for Testers

Provided Utilities

For a description of the distinct services that utilities interact with see Ceph Lab Components.


See Installation and setup.


The examples in this document are based on the lab machine configuration used by the Red Hat Ceph development and quality assurance teams (see Teuthology Lab Setup Notes). Other instances of a Ceph Lab being used in a development or testing environment may differ from these examples.

Detailed test configuration

See Detailed Test Configuration.

Virtual Machine Support

For OpenStack support, see OpenStack backend

For ‘vps’ support using downburst, see Downburst VMs

Test Suites

Each suite name is determined by the name of the directory in ceph-qa-suite that contains that suite. The directory contains subdirectories and yaml files, which, when assembled, produce valid tests that can be run. The test suite application generates combinations of these files and thus ends up running a set of tests based off the data in the directory for the suite.

To run a suite, enter:

teuthology-suite -s <suite> [-c <ceph>] [-k <kernel>] [-e email] [-f flavor] [-t <teuth>] [-m <mtype>]


  • suite: the name of the suite (the directory in ceph-qa-suite).

  • ceph: ceph branch to be used.

  • kernel: version of the kernel to be used.

  • email: email address to send the results to.

  • flavor: the ceph packages shaman flavor to run against

  • teuth: version of teuthology to run

  • mtype: machine type of the run

  • templates: template file used for further modifying the suite (optional)

For example, consider:

teuthology-suite -s rbd -c wip-fix -k distro -e bob.smith@foo.com -f default -t jewel -m mira

The above command runs the rbd suite using the wip-fix branch of ceph, the jewel kernel, with a ‘default’ ceph shaman build packages flavor, and the teuthology jewel branch will be used. It will run on mira machines and send an email to bob.smith@foo.com when it’s completed. For more details on teuthology-suite, please consult the output of teuthology-suite --help. Read more about running integration tests using teuthology at docs.ceph.com.

In order for a queued task to be run, a teuthworker thread on teuthology.front.sepia.ceph.com needs to remove the task from the queue. On teuthology.front.sepia.ceph.com, run ps aux | grep teuthology-worker to view currently running tasks. If no processes are reading from the test version that you are running, additonal teuthworker tasks need to be started. To start these tasks:

  • copy your build tree to /home/teuthworker on teuthology.front.sepia.ceph.com.

  • Give it a unique name (in this example, xxx)

  • start up some number of worker threads (as many as machines you are testing with, there are 60 running for the default queue):

    /var/lib/teuthworker/archive --tube xxx
    --log-dir /var/lib/teuthworker/archive/worker_logs
    Note: The threads on teuthology.front.sepia.ceph.com are started via
    ~/teuthworker/start.sh.  You can use that file as a model for your
    own threads, or add to this file if you want your threads to be
    more permanent.

Once the suite completes, an email message is sent to the users specified, and a large amount of information is left on teuthology.front.sepia.ceph.com in /var/lib/teuthworker/archive.

This is symbolically linked to /a for convenience. A new directory is created whose name consists of a concatenation of the date and time that the suite was started, the name of the suite, the ceph branch tested, the kernel used, and the flavor. For every test run there is a directory whose name is the pid number of the pid of that test. Each of these directory contains a copy of the teuthology.log for that process. Other information from the suite is stored in files in the directory, and task-specific yaml files and other logs are saved in the subdirectories.

These logs are also publically available at http://qa-proxy.ceph.com/teuthology/.