This page describes how to build and install GlusterFS.

Build Requirements

The following packages are required for building GlusterFS,

  • GNU Autotools
    • Automake
    • Autoconf
    • Libtool
  • lex (generally flex)
  • GNU Bison
  • OpenSSL
  • libxml2
  • Python 2.x
  • libaio
  • libibverbs
  • librdmacm
  • readline
  • lvm2
  • glib2
  • liburcu
  • cmocka


The following yum command installs all the build requirements for Fedora,

    # yum install automake autoconf libtool flex bison openssl-devel
    libxml2-develpython-devel libaio-devel libibverbs-devel librdmacm-devel
    readline-devel lvm2-devel glib2-devel userspace-rcu-devel libcmocka-devel


The following apt-get command will install all the build requirements on Ubuntu,

    $ sudo apt-get install make automake autoconf libtool flex bison pkg-config
    libssl-dev libxml2-dev python-dev libaio-dev libibverbs-dev librdmacm-dev
    libreadline-dev liblvm2-dev libglib2.0-dev liburcu-dev libcmocka-dev

Building from Source

This section describes how to build GlusterFS from source. It is assumed you have a copy of the GlusterFS source (either from a released tarball or a git clone). All the commands below are to be run with the source directory as the working directory.

Configuring for building

Run the below commands once for configuring and setting up the build process.

Run autogen to generate the configure script.

    $ ./

Once autogen completes successfully a configure script is generated. Run the configure script to generate the makefiles.

    $ ./configure

If the above build requirements have been installed, running the configure script should give the below configure summary,

    GlusterFS configure summary
    FUSE client          : yes
    Infiniband verbs     : yes
    epoll IO multiplex   : yes
    argp-standalone      : no
    fusermount           : yes
    readline             : yes
    georeplication       : yes
    Linux-AIO            : yes
    Enable Debug         : no
    systemtap            : no
    Block Device xlator  : yes
    glupy                : yes
    Use syslog           : yes
    XML output           : yes
    QEMU Block formats   : yes
    Encryption xlator    : yes

During development it is good to enable a debug build. To do this run configure with a '--enable-debug' flag.

    $ ./configure --enable-debug

Further configuration flags can be found by running configure with a '--help' flag,

    $ ./configure --help


Once configured, GlusterFS can be built with a simple make command.

    $ make

To speed up the build process on a multicore machine, add a '-jN' flag, where N is the number of parallel jobs.


Run 'make install' to install GlusterFS. By default, GlusterFS will be installed into '/usr/local' prefix. To change the install prefix, give the appropriate option to configure. If installing into the default prefix, you might need to use 'sudo' or 'su -c' to install.

    $ sudo make install

Running GlusterFS

GlusterFS can be only run as root, so the following commands will need to be run as root. If you've installed into the default '/usr/local' prefix, add '/usr/local/sbin' and '/usr/local/bin' to your PATH before running the below commands.

A source install will generally not install any init scripts. So you will need to start glusterd manually. To manually start glusterd just run,

    # glusterd

This will start glusterd and fork it into the background as a daemon process. You now run 'gluster' commands and make use of GlusterFS.

Building packages

Building RPMs

Building RPMs is really simple. On a RPM based system, for eg. Fedora, get the source and do the configuration steps as shown in the 'Building from Source' section. After the configuration step, run the following steps to build RPMs,

    $ cd extras/LinuxRPM
    $ make glusterrpms

This will create rpms from the source in 'extras/LinuxRPM'. (Note: You will need to install the rpmbuild requirements including rpmbuild and mock)

A more detailed description for building RPMs can be found at CompilingRPMS.