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JuiceFS CSI Driver

The JuiceFS CSI Driver implements the CSI specification for container orchestrators to manage the lifecycle of JuiceFS file system.


  • Kubernetes 1.14+


There are two ways to install JuiceFS CSI Driver.

1. Install via Helm


  • Helm 3.1.0+

Install Helm

Helm is a tool for managing Kubernetes charts. Charts are packages of pre-configured Kubernetes resources.

To install Helm, refer to the Helm Installation Guide and ensure that the helm binary is in the PATH of your shell.

Using Helm To Deploy

  1. Prepare a YAML file


    If you do not need to create a StorageClass when installing the CSI driver, you can ignore this step.

    Create a configuration file (e.g. values.yaml), copy and complete the following configuration information. Currently only the basic configurations are listed. For more configurations supported by Helm chart of JuiceFS CSI Driver, please refer to document, unneeded items can be deleted, or their values ​​can be left blank.

    Here is an example of the community edition:

    - name: juicefs-sc
    enabled: true
    reclaimPolicy: Retain
    name: "<name>" # JuiceFS volume name
    metaurl: "<meta-url>" # URL of metadata engine
    storage: "<storage-type>" # Object storage type (e.g. s3, gcs, oss, cos)
    accessKey: "<access-key>" # Access Key for object storage
    secretKey: "<secret-key>" # Secret Key for object storage
    bucket: "<bucket>" # A bucket URL to store data
    # If you need to set the time zone of the JuiceFS Mount Pod, please uncomment the next line, the default is UTC time.
    # envs: "{TZ: Asia/Shanghai}"
    resources: # Resource limit/request for mount pod
    cpu: "1"
    memory: "1Gi"
    cpu: "5"
    memory: "5Gi"

    Among them, the backend part is the information related to the JuiceFS file system. If you are using a JuiceFS volume that has been created, you only need to fill in the two items name and metaurl. For more details on how to use StorageClass, please refer to the document: Dynamic Provisioning.

  2. Check and update kubelet root directory

    Execute the following command.

    ps -ef | grep kubelet | grep root-dir

    If the result is not empty, it means that the root directory (--root-dir) of kubelet is not the default value (/var/lib/kubelet) and you need to set kubeletDir to the current root directly of kubelet in the configuration file values.yaml prepared in the first step.

    kubeletDir: <kubelet-dir>
  3. Deploy

    Execute the following three commands in sequence to deploy the JuiceFS CSI Driver through Helm. If the Helm configuration file is not prepared, you can omit the last -f ./values.yaml option when executing the helm install command.

    helm repo add juicefs
    helm repo update
    helm install juicefs-csi-driver juicefs/juicefs-csi-driver -n kube-system -f ./values.yaml
  4. Verify installation

    The installation will launch a StatefulSet named juicefs-csi-controller with replica 1 and a DaemonSet named juicefs-csi-node, so run kubectl -n kube-system get pods -l should see n+1 (where n is the number of worker nodes of the Kubernetes cluster) pods is running. For example:

    $ kubectl -n kube-system get pods -l
    juicefs-csi-controller-0 3/3 Running 0 22m
    juicefs-csi-node-v9tzb 3/3 Running 0 14m

2. Install via kubectl

Since Kubernetes will deprecate some old APIs when a new version is released, you need to choose the appropriate deployment configuration file.

  1. Check the root directory path of kubelet

    Execute the following command on any non-Master node in the Kubernetes cluster.

    ps -ef | grep kubelet | grep root-dir
  2. Deploy

    • If the check command returns a non-empty result, it means that the root directory (--root-dir) of the kubelet is not the default (/var/lib/kubelet), so you need to update the kubeletDir path in the CSI Driver's deployment file and deploy.


      Please replace {{KUBELET_DIR}} in the below command with the actual root directory path of kubelet.

      # Kubernetes version >= v1.18
      curl -sSL | sed 's@/var/lib/kubelet@{{KUBELET_DIR}}@g' | kubectl apply -f -
      # Kubernetes version < v1.18
      curl -sSL | sed 's@/var/lib/kubelet@{{KUBELET_DIR}}@g' | kubectl apply -f -
    • If the check command returns an empty result, you can deploy directly without modifying the configuration:

      # Kubernetes version >= v1.18
      kubectl apply -f
      # Kubernetes version < v1.18
      kubectl apply -f


Before getting started, you need:

  • Get yourself familiar with how to setup Kubernetes and how to use JuiceFS file system.
  • Make sure JuiceFS is accessible from Kuberenetes cluster. It is recommended to create the file system inside the same region as Kubernetes cluster.
  • Install JuiceFS CSI driver following the Installation steps.

Table of contents

Troubleshooting & FAQs

If you encounter any issue, please refer to Troubleshooting or FAQ document.

Upgrade CSI Driver

Refer to Upgrade CSI Driver document.

Known issues

  • JuiceFS CSI Driver v0.10.0 and above does not support wildcards in --cache-dir mount option