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What is Repository

A Repository is a Kubernetes CustomResourceDefinition (CRD). It provides information of a restic repository in Kubernetes native way. When stash sidecar creates a restic repository for backup in the desired backend, it also creates a Repository CRD object with relevant information of the repository. This enables a user to view backup status of the workloads very easily.

Repository CRD structure

A sample Repository CRD object for backup a Deployment in local backend is shown below,

  kind: Repository
    clusterName: ""
    creationTimestamp: 2018-04-10T05:09:10Z
    generation: 0
      restic: stash-demo
      workload-kind: Deployment
      workload-name: stash-demo
    name: deployment.stash-demo
    namespace: default
    resourceVersion: "7515"
    selfLink: /apis/
    uid: 4dccffa8-3c7d-11e8-9f4d-0800270b3cc5
          path: /data/stash-test/restic-repo
        mountPath: /safe/data
        subPath: deployment/stash-demo
      storageSecretName: local-secret
    backupCount: 7
    firstBackupTime: 2018-04-10T05:10:11Z
    lastBackupDuration: 3.026137088s
    lastBackupTime: 2018-04-10T05:16:12Z

Here, we are going describe some important sections of Repository CRD.

Repository Labels

A Repository object maintains some important information using labels. These labels enable a user to filter Repository according to restic, workload-kind, workload-name, node-name etc. Details of these labels are given below.

Label name Description
restic Name of the Restic which is responsible for this Repository.
workload-kind Kind of the workload for which the Repository has been created.
workload-name Name of the workload for which the Repository has been created.
pod-name This label present when the respective workload is StatefulSet. It represents the pod name of the StatefulSet who is responsible for this Repository.
node-name This label present when the respective workload is DaemonSet. It represents the node name where the DaemonSet is running.

Repository Spec

Repository CRD needs the following information in .spec section.


spec.backend holds the backend information where the backup snapshots are being stored. To learn how to configure various backends for Restic, please visit here.

backend prefix/subPath

prefix of any backend denotes the directory inside the backend where the snapshots are being stored. If the backend is a Local backend then subPath is used for this purpose.


spec.wipeOut field indicates whether stash will delete respective restic repository from the backend or only delete Repository crd when Repository crd is deleted. The default value of this field is false which indicates that only Repository crd will be deleted from Kubernetes. To know how to use this field to delete restic repository see here.

Repository Status

Stash operator updates .status of a Repository CRD every time a backup operation is completed.

  • status.backupCount indicates the total number of backup operation completed for this Repository.
  • status.firstBackupTime indicates the timestamp of first backup operation.
  • status.lastBackupTime indicates the timestamp of last backup operation.
  • status.lastSuccessfulBackupTime indicates the timestamp of last successful backup operation. If status.lastBackupTime and status.lastSuccessfulBackupTime are same, it means that last backup operation was successful.
  • status.lastBackupDuration indicates the duration of last backup operation.

Creation of Repository CRD

Whenever a restic repository is created according to these rules, it also create respective Repository CRD object. Name of this Repository CRD object is generated based on rules below:

  • For workload kind Deployment, Replicaset and ReplicationController Repository is created with name <WORKLOAD_KIND>.<WORKLOAD_NAME>. For multiple replicas, only one Repository is created as the backup is taken by sidecar of the replica determined by leader-election.
  • For workload kind Statefulset, Repository is created with name<WORKLOAD_KIND>.<POD_NAME>. A separate Repository is created for each replica of a StatefulSet.
  • For workload kind DaemonSet, Repository is created with name <WORKLOAD_KIND>.<WORKLOAD_NAME>.<NODE_NAME>. One repository is created for each node where pods of a DaemonSet are running.

Working with Repository CRD

Here are some helpful commands to play with Repository CRD,

# List all Repositories of all namespaces in the cluster
$ kubectl get repository --all-namespaces

# List all Repositories created for a particular Restic
$ kubectl get repository -l restic=stash-demo --all-namespaces

# List all Repositories of Deployment workloads of all namespaces
$ kubectl get repository -l workload-kind=Deployment --all-namespaces

# List all Respositories of a particular Workload
$ kubectl get repository -l workload-kind=StatefulSet,workload-name=stash-demo

# List all Repositories of a particular node (DaemonSet only)
$ kubectl get repository -l node-name=minikube

Deleting Repository

Stash allows the users to delete only Repository crd or Repository crd with respective restic repository. Here, we are going to show how to perform these delete operations.

Delete only Repository crd

You can delete only Repository crd by,

$ kubectl delete repository <repository-name>

# Example
$ kubectl delete repository deployment.stash-demo
repository "deployment.stash-demo" deleted

This will delete only Repository crd. It won’t delete any backed up data from respective restic repository.

If you delete Repository crd while stash-sidecar still exist on the workload, Stash will re-create the Repository crd and continue to take backup. In this case, status field of Repository crd will be reset.

If you don’t want stash to re-create Repository crd, you have to stop Stash from taking backup. To see how to stop stash from taking backup see here.

Delete respective restic repository

In order to prevent the users from accidentally deleting restic repository, stash uses a special wipeOut flag in spec of Repository crd. By default, this flag is set to wipeOut: false. If you want to delete respective restic repository while deleting Repository crd, you must set this flag to wipeOut: true.

Currently stash supports deleting restic repository only for AWS S3, GCS, Azure and OpenStack Swift backend. S3 compatible other backends such as Minio and Rook also support repository deletion.

Here, is an example of deleting restic repository from Minio backend.

First, set wipeOut: true by patching Repository crd.

$ kubectl patch repository deployment.stash-demo --type="merge" --patch='{"spec": {"wipeOut": true}}'
repository "deployment.stash-demo" patched

Check the repository has been successfully patched correctly.

$ kubectl get repository deployment.stash-demo -o yaml
kind: Repository
  clusterName: ""
  creationTimestamp: 2018-04-19T06:47:13Z
  - wipeOut-repository
  generation: 0
    restic: minio-restic
    workload-kind: Deployment
    workload-name: stash-demo
  name: deployment.stash-demo
  namespace: default
  resourceVersion: "7721"
  selfLink: /apis/
  uid: 7dd5065e-439d-11e8-8994-080027a9112c
      bucket: stash-qa
      endpoint: http://minio-service.default.svc
      prefix: stash-qa/demo/deployment/stash-demo
    storageSecretName: minio-restic-secret
  wipeOut: true
  backupCount: 1
  firstBackupTime: 2018-04-19T06:47:13Z
  lastBackupDuration: 3.888107169s
  lastBackupTime: 2018-04-19T06:47:13Z

Notice that spec.wipeOut field is true. So, you are ready to delete restic repository. Now, delete Repository crd.

$ kubectl delete repository deployment.stash-demo
repository "deployment.stash-demo" deleted

If everything goes well, respective restic repository will be deleted from the backend.

Next Steps

  • Learn how to use Stash to backup a Kubernetes deployment here.
  • To restore a backup see here.
  • Learn about the details of Snapshot here.
  • Learn about the details of Recovery CRD here.
  • To run backup in offline mode see here
  • See the list of supported backends and how to configure them here.
  • See working examples for supported workload types here.
  • Thinking about monitoring your backup operations? Stash works out-of-the-box with Prometheus.
  • Learn about how to configure RBAC roles.
  • Want to hack on Stash? Check our contribution guidelines.