Configuration Files

At this point you have a naked SlipStream instance running on your system. This is great, but you probably want a few basic configuration items loaded for your instance to be useable and useful.

The following instructions describe how you can drive the entire configuration of SlipStream by simply dropping a few files on the file system and restarting the service.

The configuration files will only be loaded once, on an empty system. It is therefore safe to restart the SlipStream service with modified configuration files. A specific post request can be invoked to force a reload of the files.


If your SlipStream server is already started, don’t forget to restart it for the configuration files to be loaded.

File System Structure

Initially, SlipStream will look for configuration files in the file system to load. Typically, the loader will look for files in the following locations, stopping at the first occurrence:


Inside this structure of the expected configuration is as follows:

Configuration file Meaning
./slipstream.conf Main configuration file
./connectors/*.conf Connector specific configuration files
./modules/*.xml Module definition files
./cloud-ids/*.conf Unique cloud image identifiers
./users/*.xml User definition files
./passwords/* User passwords

Note that these files are not created by default during a standard installation.

Main Configuration File

The main configuration file is normally placed in /etc/slipstream when performing a standard installation. The default values are taken from the system default shipped with SlipStream.

If you want to override these defaults, a good place to start is from the system default file, that you can modify and drop in one of the standard location (see previous section).


Do not forget to rename the default file to slipstream.conf.

Connector Configuration Files

Each connector can be configured by simply dropping a configuration file in the ./connectors/ directory. While the same can be achieved using the main configuration file, we recommend you split your connector configuration in separate files. This method is also more configuration management tool friendly, such as Puppet, Chef or Ansible.

The connector configuration file must include the cloud.connector.class and the name given to the connector instance must be used to qualify all other configuration parameter. Here is an example of a connector file to configure the Exoscale cloud:

cloud.connector.class = exoscale-ch-gva:cloudstack
exoscale-ch-gva.endpoint = = CH-GV2
exoscale-ch-gva.quota.vm = 20
exoscale-ch-gva.orchestrator.imageid = 605d1ad4-b3b2-4b60-af99-843c7b8278f8
exoscale-ch-gva.orchestrator.instance.type = Micro
exoscale-ch-gva.native-contextualization = linux-only


Do not forget to have a cloud.connector.class key in each file.

You can have as many connector configuration files as you wish.


If you are using the enterprise edition, makes sure you have the license matching the number of connector instance configured.

Module Configuration Files

To load automatically module definitions (i.e. projects, images and deployments), simply drop module files in the ./modules configuration directory. These files (now in xml and soon in json) can be retrieved from a live SlipStream instance by simply GETting the module or appending ?media=xml to the end of a URL, either using your browser, curl or any other http tool.

Loading Apps from Nuvla™

Nuvla™, a SlipStream service managed by SixSq, contains a number of interesting apps you can take advantage of. You can download these following a simple procedure. Once you have the xml files, simply drop them in the modules/ directory and restart your SlipStream service.


Modules will only be loaded from file if no modules already exist.

More information about loading apps is available.

Unique Cloud Identifier Configuration Files

As you build a full SlipStream system configuration, you will also need to provide unique cloud identifiers, especially for base images. Typically, these files will be cloud service specific. Here is an example of a unique cloud identifier file for Exoscale:

apps/Minecraft/minecraft-server = exoscale-ch-gva:aaabbbccc

where the key is the module to set, and the value is composed of a : separated tuple, composed of the cloud service name and the unique cloud identifier.


Ensure the cloud service name part of the value matches the cloud service name defined via the cloud.connector.class configuration parameter.

User Configuration Files

The last piece of configuration required to have a fully functional system is one or several users. By default, SlipStream will create a privileged user during the first startup of the service. But you can add more users to the system dropping files in the ./users/ configuration directory.

As for modules (see above), user configuration files can be created GETting existing users.

For security reasons, since user passwords are never transmitted over the wire once the user is registered, a second set of configuration file is required to define the user password. Only a hashed version of the password is kept in the database.

User Password Configuration File

As mentioned above, the password of each user must be defined using separate files, located in the ./passwords/ directory. The file name must match the username, without any extension. The file must only contain the password in clear text.

Here is an example of the content of the password file for the user test:

$ cat ./passwords/test

You can also, using such a password file change the password of the super user created automatically during the first execution of the service. However, ensure that the file is in place before the first execution, or that no user exist in the database.


Ensure each password file has the exact same name as the user it corresponds to, without any extension.