Appendix A. Image Configuration Parameters

The following keys can be used with the property option for both the glance image-update and glance image-create commands.

$ glance image-update IMG-UUID --property architecture=x86_64

Behavior set using image properties overrides behavior set using flavors. For more information, see Section 4.3, “Manage Flavors”.

Table A.1. Property Keys

Specific toKeyDescriptionSupported values



The CPU architecture that must be supported by the hypervisor. For example, x86_64, arm, or ppc64. Run uname -m to get the architecture of a machine. We strongly recommend using the architecture data vocabulary defined by the libosinfo project for this purpose.

  • alpha-DEC 64-bit RISC
  • armv7l-ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore
  • cris-Ethernet, Token Ring, AXis-Code Reduced Instruction Set
  • i686-Intel sixth-generation x86 (P6 micro architecture)
  • ia64-Itanium
  • lm32-Lattice Micro32
  • m68k-Motorola 68000
  • microblaze-Xilinx 32-bit FPGA (Big Endian)
  • microblazeel-Xilinx 32-bit FPGA (Little Endian)
  • mips-MIPS 32-bit RISC (Big Endian)
  • mipsel-MIPS 32-bit RISC (Little Endian)
  • mips64-MIPS 64-bit RISC (Big Endian)
  • mips64el-MIPS 64-bit RISC (Little Endian)
  • openrisc-OpenCores RISC
  • parisc-HP Precision Architecture RISC
  • parisc64-HP Precision Architecture 64-bit RISC
  • ppc-PowerPC 32-bit
  • ppc64-PowerPC 64-bit
  • ppcemb-PowerPC (Embedded 32-bit)
  • s390-IBM Enterprise Systems Architecture/390
  • s390x-S/390 64-bit
  • sh4-SuperH SH-4 (Little Endian)
  • sh4eb-SuperH SH-4 (Big Endian)
  • sparc-Scalable Processor Architecture, 32-bit
  • sparc64-Scalable Processor Architecture, 64-bit
  • unicore32-Microprocessor Research and Development Center RISC Unicore32
  • x86_64-64-bit extension of IA-32
  • xtensa-Tensilica Xtensa configurable microprocessor core
  • xtensaeb-Tensilica Xtensa configurable microprocessor core (Big Endian)



The hypervisor type.

kvm, vmware



For snapshot images, this is the UUID of the server used to create this image.

Valid server UUID



The ID of an image stored in the Image Service that should be used as the kernel when booting an AMI-style image.

Valid image ID



The common name of the operating system distribution in lowercase (uses the same data vocabulary as the libosinfo project). Specify only a recognized value for this field. Deprecated values are listed to assist you in searching for the recognized value.

  • arch-Arch Linux. Do not use archlinux or org.archlinux
  • centos-Community Enterprise Operating System. Do not use org.centos or CentOS
  • debian-Debian. Do not use Debian or org.debian
  • fedora-Fedora. Do not use Fedora, org.fedora, or org.fedoraproject
  • freebsd-FreeBSD. Do not use org.freebsd, freeBSD, or FreeBSD
  • gentoo-Gentoo Linux. Do not use Gentoo or org.gentoo
  • mandrake-Mandrakelinux (MandrakeSoft) distribution. Do not use mandrakelinux or MandrakeLinux
  • mandriva-Mandriva Linux. Do not use mandrivalinux
  • mes-Mandriva Enterprise Server. Do not use mandrivaent or mandrivaES
  • msdos-Microsoft Disc Operating System. Do not use ms-dos
  • netbsd-NetBSD. Do not use NetBSD or org.netbsd
  • netware-Novell NetWare. Do not use novell or NetWare
  • openbsd-OpenBSD. Do not use OpenBSD or org.openbsd
  • opensolaris-OpenSolaris. Do not use OpenSolaris or org.opensolaris
  • opensuse-openSUSE. Do not use suse, SuSE, or org.opensuse
  • rhel-Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Do not use redhat, RedHat, or com.redhat
  • sled-SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Do not use com.suse
  • ubuntu-Ubuntu. Do not use Ubuntu, com.ubuntu, org.ubuntu, or canonical
  • windows-Microsoft Windows. Do not use



The operating system version as specified by the distributor.

Version number (for example, "11.10")



The ID of image stored in the Image Service that should be used as the ramdisk when booting an AMI-style image.

Valid image ID



The virtual machine mode. This represents the host/guest ABI (application binary interface) used for the virtual machine.

hvm-Fully virtualized. This is the mode used by QEMU and KVM.

libvirt API driver


Specifies the type of disk controller to attach disk devices to.

scsi, virtio, ide, or usb. Note that if using iscsi, the hw_scsi_model needs to be set to virtio-scsi.

libvirt API driver


Number of NUMA nodes to expose to the instance (does not override flavor definition).

Integer. For a detailed example of NUMA-topology definition, see the hw:NUMA_def key in Add Metadata.

libvirt API driver


Mapping of vCPUs N-M to NUMA node 0 (does not override flavor definition).

Comma-separated list of integers.

libvirt API driver


Mapping of vCPUs N-M to NUMA node 1 (does not override flavor definition).

Comma-separated list of integers.

libvirt API driver


Mapping N MB of RAM to NUMA node 0 (does not override flavor definition).


libvirt API driver


Mapping N MB of RAM to NUMA node 1 (does not override flavor definition).


libvirt API driver


Guest agent support. If set to yes, and if qemu-ga is also installed, file systems can be quiesced (frozen) and snapshots created automatically.

yes / no

libvirt API driver


Adds a random-number generator device to the image’s instances. The cloud administrator can enable and control device behavior by configuring the instance’s flavor. By default:

  • The generator device is disabled.
  • /dev/random is used as the default entropy source. To specify a physical HW RNG device, set rng_dev_path to "/dev/hwrng" in your Compute environment file.

virtio, or other supported device.

libvirt API driver


Enables the use of VirtIO SCSI (virtio-scsi) to provide block device access for compute instances; by default, instances use VirtIO Block (virtio-blk). VirtIO SCSI is a para-virtualized SCSI controller device that provides improved scalability and performance, and supports advanced SCSI hardware.


libvirt API driver


The video image driver used.

vga, cirrus, vmvga, xen, or qxl

libvirt API driver


Maximum RAM for the video image. Used only if a hw_video:ram_max_mb value has been set in the flavor’s extra_specs and that value is higher than the value set in hw_video_ram.

Integer in MB (for example, 64)

libvirt API driver


Enables a virtual hardware watchdog device that carries out the specified action if the server hangs. The watchdog uses the i6300esb device (emulating a PCI Intel 6300ESB). If hw_watchdog_action is not specified, the watchdog is disabled.

  • disabled-The device is not attached. Allows the user to disable the watchdog for the image, even if it has been enabled using the image’s flavor. The default value for this parameter is disabled.
  • reset-Forcefully reset the guest.
  • poweroff-Forcefully power off the guest.
  • pause-Pause the guest.
  • none-Only enable the watchdog; do nothing if the server hangs.

libvirt API driver


The kernel command line to be used by the libvirt driver, instead of the default. For Linux Containers (LXC), the value is used as arguments for initialization. This key is valid only for Amazon kernel, ramdisk, or machine images (aki, ari, or ami).


libvirt API driver and VMware API driver


Specifies the model of virtual network interface device to use.

The valid options depend on the configured hypervisor.

  • KVM and QEMU: e1000, ne2k_pci, pcnet, rtl8139, and virtio.
  • VMware: e1000, e1000e, VirtualE1000, VirtualE1000e, VirtualPCNet32, VirtualSriovEthernetCard, and VirtualVmxnet.
  • Xen: e1000, netfront, ne2k_pci, pcnet, and rtl8139.

VMware API driver


The virtual SCSI or IDE controller used by the hypervisor.

lsiLogic, busLogic, or ide

VMware API driver


A VMware GuestID which describes the operating system installed in the image. This value is passed to the hypervisor when creating a virtual machine. If not specified, the key defaults to otherGuest.

For more information, see Images with VMware vSphere.

VMware API driver


Currently unused.


XenAPI driver


If true, the root partition on the disk is automatically resized before the instance boots. This value is only taken into account by the Compute service when using a Xen-based hypervisor with the XenAPI driver. The Compute service will only attempt to resize if there is a single partition on the image, and only if the partition is in ext3 or ext4 format.

true / false

libvirt API driver and XenAPI driver


The operating system installed on the image. The XenAPI driver contains logic that takes different actions depending on the value of the os_type parameter of the image. For example, for os_type=windows images, it creates a FAT32-based swap partition instead of a Linux swap partition, and it limits the injected host name to less than 16 characters.

linux or windows