Image Definition Template

This page describes how to define a new image template. An image template follows the same syntax as the VM template.

If you want to learn more about the image repository, you can do so here.


There are some template attributes that can compromise the security of the system or the security of other VMs, and can be used only by users in the oneadmin group. These attributes can be configured in oned.conf, the default ones are labeled with * in the following tables. See the complete list in the Restricted Attributes section.

Template Attributes

The following attributes can be defined in the template.

Attribute KVM vCenter Value Description
NAME Mandatory Mandatory Any string Name that the Image will get. Every image must have a unique name.
DESCRIPTION Optional Optional Any string Human readable description of the image for other users.
TYPE Optional Optional OS, CDROM, DATABLOCK for both KVM and vCenter, KERNEL, RAMDISK, CONTEXT Type of the image, explained in detail in the following section. If omitted, the default value is the one defined in oned.conf (install default is OS).
PERSISTENT Optional Optional YES, NO Persistence of the image. If omitted, the default value is NO.
PERSISTENT_TYPE Optional - IMMUTABLE An special persistent image, that will not be modified. This attribute should only be used for special storage configurations.
DEV_PREFIX Optional Optional Any string e.g sd, hd Prefix for the emulated device this image will be mounted at. For instance, hd, sd, or vd for KVM virtio. If omitted, the default value is the one defined in oned.conf (installation default is hd).
TARGET Optional - Any string Target for the emulated device this image will be mounted at. For instance, hdb, sdc. If omitted, it will be assigned automatically.
DRIVER Optional - KVM: raw, qcow2 Specific image mapping driver.
PATH Mandatory (if no SOURCE) Mandatory (if no SOURCE) Any string Path to the original file that will be copied to the image repository. If not specified for a DATABLOCK type image, an empty image will be created. Note that gzipped files are supported and OpenNebula will automatically decompress them. Bzip2 compressed files is also supported, but it’s strongly discouraged since OpenNebula will not calculate it’s size properly.
SOURCE* Mandatory (if no PATH) Mandatory (if no PATH) Any string Source to be used in the DISK attribute. Useful for not file-based images.
DISK_TYPE Optional Optional For KVM: BLOCK, CDROM or FILE (default). For vCenter: FILE This is the type of the supporting media for the image: a block device (BLOCK) an ISO-9660 file or readonly block device (CDROM) or a plain file (FILE).
VCENTER_DISK_TYPE - Optional vCenter: (careful with the case): delta,eagerZeroedThick,flatMonolithic,preallocated,raw,rdm,rdmp,seSparse,sparse2Gb,sparseMonolithic,thick,thick2Gb,thin The type of disk has implications on performance and occupied space. Values (careful with the case): delta,eagerZeroedThick,flatMonolithic,preallocated,raw,rdm,rdmp,seSparse,sparse2Gb,sparseMonolithic,thick,thick2Gb,thin. More information in the VMware documentation.
VCENTER_ADAPTER_TYPE - Optional vCenter: Possible values (careful with the case): lsiLogic, ide, busLogic. Type of controller to be used with this disk. More information in the VMware documentation
READONLY Optional - YES, NO. This attribute should only be used for special storage configurations. It sets how the image is going to be exposed to the hypervisor. Images of type CDROM and those with PERSISTENT_TYPE set to IMMUTABLE will have READONLY set to YES. Otherwise, by default it is set to NO.
MD5 Optional Optional An md5 hash MD5 hash to check for image integrity
SHA1 Optional Optional An sha1 hash SHA1 hash to check for image integrity
VCENTER_IMPORTED - Optional YES vCenter: This attribute is set to YES automatically when an IMAGE has been imported e.g an imported template or Wild VM. If set to YES, OpenNebula won’t remove from vCenter this image when the image is deleted from OpenNebula


Be careful when PATH points to a compressed bz2 image, since although it will work, OpenNebula will not calculate its size correctly.

Mandatory attributes for DATABLOCK images with no PATH set:

Attribute Value Description
SIZE An integer Size in MB.

Template Examples

Example of an OS image:

NAME          = "Ubuntu Web Development"
PATH          = /home/one_user/images/ubuntu_desktop.img
DESCRIPTION   = "Ubuntu 10.04 desktop for Web Development students.
Contains the pdf lessons and exercises as well as all the necessary
programming tools and testing frameworks."

Example of a CDROM image:

NAME          = "MATLAB install CD"
TYPE          = CDROM
PATH          = /home/one_user/images/matlab.iso
DESCRIPTION   = "Contains the MATLAB installation files. Mount it to install MATLAB on new OS images."

Example of a DATABLOCK image:

NAME          = "Experiment results"
# No PATH set, this image will start as a new empty disk
SIZE          = 3.08
DESCRIPTION   = "Storage for my Thesis experiments."

Restricted Attributes

All the default restricted attributes to users in the oneadmin group are summarized in the following list: