Installing OpenStack Clients on Linux

This will help you get the Openstack clients working on Linux using Python.

Task Command
Optional Virtualenv creation +Though not strictly necessary, we recommend using virtualenv to increase the stability of the openstack cli tools.
Create a directory for the project (cd to your preferred directory first)+ mkdir <project_name>
Change to the project directory cd <project_name>
Install the VirtualEnvironment packages sudo easy_install virtualenv
Start the VirtualEnvironment software virtualenv <project_name>
Activate the VirtualEnvironment for the project source <project_name>/bin/activate
DEPRECATED – This step is only necessary for Openstack clients < v4.0. The current production version is 4.x which uses Python 3.
Make sure you have Python 2 installed
→ This should already be installed by your operating system. Openstack CLI clients MUST be installed with Python2’s pip!
check your default Python version with: python –version
Install the OpenStack clients For modern clients:
pip3 install python-openstackclient

For Openstack clients < v4.0:
pip install python-openstackclient

Additional clients that may also be useful depending on your custom needs are:
python-swiftclient, python-heatclient, python-magnumclient, python-manilaclient

For current users, clients that you likely no longer need to install are:
python-keystoneclient, python-novaclient, python-neutronclient, python-cinderclient, python-glanceclient
Set up your OpenStack credentials
See Setting up for details.
source .openrc
Test an Open Stack command openstack flavor list
Following future OpenStack updates, all installed pip modules can be updated with this command: pip freeze --local \| grep -v '^-e' \| cut -d = -f 1 \| xargs -n1 pip install -U