Configure NFS volumes

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Kf supports mounting NFS volumes using the kf marketplace.


Complete NFS platform setup.

Create an NFS service instance

Run kf marketplace to see available services. The built-in NFS service appears on the list if NFS is enabled on the platform.

Broker           Name  Namespace  Description
nfsvolumebroker  nfs              mount nfs shares

Mount an external filesystem

Create a service instance

To mount to an existing NFS service:

kf create-service nfs existing SERVICE-INSTANCE-NAME -c '{"share":"SERVER/SHARE", "capacity":"CAPACITY"}'

Replace variables with your values.

  • SERVICE-INSTANCE-NAME is the name you want for this NFS volume service instance.
  • SERVER/SHARE is the NFS address of your server and share.
  • CAPACITY uses the Kubernetes quantity format.

Confirm that the NFS volume service appears in your list of services. You can expect output similar to this example:

$ kf services
Listing services in Space: demo-space
Name                Type      ClassName         PlanName  Age    Ready  Reason
filestore-nfs       volume    nfs               existing  6s     True   <nil>

Bind your service instance to an App

To bind an NFS service instance to an App, run:

kf bind-service YOUR-APP-NAME SERVICE-NAME -c '{"uid":"2000","gid":"2000","mount":"MOUNT-PATH","readonly":true}'

Replace variables with your values.

  • YOUR-APP-NAME is the name of the App for which you want to use the volume service.

  • SERVICE-NAME is the name of the volume service instance you created in the previous step.

  • uid:UID and gid:GID specify the directory permissions of the mounting share.

  • MOUNT-PATH is the path the volume should be mounted to within your App.

  • (Optional) "readonly":true is an optional JSON string that creates a read-only mount. By default, Volume Services mounts a read-write file system.

You can list all bindings in a Space using the kf bindings command. You will see output similar to this example:

$ kf bindings
Listing bindings in Space: demo-space
Name                                     App           Service             Age  Ready
binding-spring-music-filestore-nfs       spring-music  filestore-nfs       71s  True

Access the volume service from your App

To access the volume service from your App, you must know which file path to use in your code. You can view the file path in the details of the service binding, which are visible in the environment variables for your App.

View environment variables for your App:

kf vcap-services YOUR-APP-NAME

Replace YOUR-APP-NAME with the name of your App.

The following is example output of the kf vcap-services command:

kf vcap-services *YOUR-APP-NAME*
  "nfs": [
      "instance_name": "nfs-instance",
      "name": "nfs-instance",
      "label": "nfs",
      "tags": [],
      "plan": "existing",
      "credentials": {
        "capacity": "1Gi",
        "gid": 2000,
        "mount": "/test/mount",
        "share": "",
        "uid": 2000
      "volume_mounts": [
          "container_dir": "/test/mount",
          "device_type": "shared",
          "mode": "rw"

Use the properties under volume_mounts for any information required by your App.

Property Description
container_dir String containing the path to the mounted volume that you bound to your App.
device_type The NFS volume release. This currently only supports shared devices. A shared device represents a distributed file system that can mount on all App instances simultaneously.
mode String that informs what type of access your App has to NFS, either ro (read-only), or rw (read and write).