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Welcome to Ironic's documentation!


Ironic is an OpenStack project which provisions bare metal (as opposed to virtual) machines. It may be used independently or as part of an OpenStack Cloud, and integrates with the OpenStack Identity (keystone), Compute (nova), Network (neutron), Image (glance), and Object (swift) services.

The Bare Metal service manages hardware through both common (eg. PXE and IPMI) and vendor-specific remote management protocols. It provides the cloud operator with a unified interface to a heterogeneous fleet of servers while also providing the Compute service with an interface that allows physical servers to be managed as though they were virtual machines.

This documentation is continually updated and may not represent the state of the project at any specific prior release. To access documentation for a previous release of ironic, append the OpenStack release name to the URL; for example, the ocata release is available at https://docs.openstack.org/ironic/ocata/.

Installation Guide


Upgrade Guide

admin/upgrade-guide admin/upgrade-to-hardware-types

User Guide


Administrator Guide


Configuration Guide


Bare Metal API References

Ironic's REST API has changed since its first release, and continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community. Here we provide a conceptual guide as well as more detailed reference documentation.

API Concept Guide <contributor/webapi> API Reference (latest) <https://developer.openstack.org/api-ref/baremetal/> API Version History <contributor/webapi-version-history>

Command References

Here are references for commands not elsewhere documented.


Contributor Guide


Release Notes

Release Notes

Indices and tables