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How to transfer data to Rahti?

As discussed in the available storage options article, it is possible store data using a persistent volume, or using a object storage service like Allas.

to a Persistent Volume

In order to move data to Rahti, the best method is to use the command line tool oc rsync. From its manual:

$ oc rsync
Copy local files to or from a pod container

This command will copy local files to or from a remote container. It only copies the changed files
using the rsync command from your OS. To ensure optimum performance, install rsync locally. In UNIX
systems, use your package manager. In Windows, install cwRsync from

First of all, it is required to install oc.

Once oc is installed, the process is:

  • Create the PersistentVolumeClaim (PVC) to store the data in Rahti. You may use the web interface or directly the command line. In this example we will use the command line. A simple way to create a 1Gi volume called testing-pvc is:
$ echo 'apiVersion: v1
kind: PersistentVolumeClaim
  name: testing-pvc
  - ReadWriteMany
      storage: 1Gi' | oc create -f -
  • Mount the PVC into a POD with rsync installed. It is possible to use any image that has the command rsync installed. If you have no access to such an image, oc rsync will work also with an image with tar installed (centos and ubuntu images come with tar installed).

  • Finally, use oc rsync to synchronize a local directory with a directory in the pod (replace POD with your pod name):

oc rsync ./local/dir/ POD:/remote/dir

If the local data changes, you may just run the same command again. If the image has rsync installed, only the data that has changed will be copied over to the PVC.

to Allas object storage

See using Allas with Rclone for a guide on how to copy the data to Allas. Once the data is in Allas, you can use any Swift or S3 compatible client or library, like rclone, to use the data in you application.

Last update: April 27, 2023