Created: 2011-07-18 13:45
Updated: 2019-02-07 20:34



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Riak is an open source, distributed database that focuses on high availability, horizontal scalability, and predictable latency.

This repository is community supported. We both appreciate and need your contribution to keep it stable. For more on how to contribute, take a look at the contribution process.

Thank you for being part of the community! We love you for it.


  • Chef 11 or higher

Platform Support

  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • Debian 7.8
  • CentOS 7.1
  • CentOS 6.6
  • CentOS 5.11
  • FreeBSD 10.1
  • FreeBSD 9.3

Cookbook Dependencies

  • apt
  • build-essential
  • erlang
  • git
  • java
  • sysctl
  • ulimit
  • yum
  • yum-epel


  • node['riak']['install_method'] - Method to install Riak (package, enterprise_package, source, custom_repository)
  • node['riak']['platform_bin_dir'] - Base directory for binaries.
  • node['riak']['platform_data_dir'] - Base directory for data files.
  • node['riak']['platform_etc_dir'] - Base directory for configuration files.
  • node['riak']['platform_log_dir'] - Base directory for log files.
  • node['riak']['platform_lib_dir'] - Base directory for libraries.
  • node['riak']['patches'] - List of patches to apply by placing in the basho-patches directory.
  • node['riak']['config']['log.console'] - Where to emit the default log messages (off, file, console, both).
  • node['riak']['config']['log']['console']['level'] - Severity level of the console log (ebug, info, warning, error).
  • node['riak']['config']['log']['console']['file'] - When node['riak']['config']['log.console'] is set to file or both, the file where console messages will be logged.
  • node['riak']['config']['log']['error']['file'] - The file where error messages will be logged.
  • node['riak']['config']['log']['syslog'] - Enables log output to syslog (on, off).
  • node['riak']['config']['log.crash'] - Whether to enable the crash log (on, off).
  • node['riak']['config']['log']['crash']['file'] - The file where its messages will be written.
  • node['riak']['config']['log']['crash']['maximum_message_size'] - Maximum size (in bytes) of individual messages in the crash log.
  • node['riak']['config']['log']['crash']['size'] - Maximum size of the crash log (in bytes), before it is rotated.
  • node['riak']['config']['log']['crash.rotation'] - The schedule on which to rotate the crash log. See here for details.
  • node['riak']['config']['log']['crash']['rotation']['keep'] - The number of rotated crash logs to keep.
  • node['riak']['config']['nodename'] - Name of the Erlang node.
  • node['riak']['config']['distributed_cookie'] - Cookie for distributed node communication.
  • node['riak']['config']['erlang']['async_threads'] - Number of threads in async thread pool (0-1024).
  • node['riak']['config']['erlang']['max_ports'] - Number of concurrent ports/sockets (1024-134217727).
  • node['riak']['config']['ring_size'] - Number of partitions in the cluster (must be a power of 2).
  • node['riak']['config']['transfer_limit'] - Number of concurrent node-to- node transfers allowed.
  • node['riak']['config']['ring']['state_dir'] - Location of ring state.
  • node['riak']['config']['ssl']['certfile'] - Default certificate location for HTTPS.
  • node['riak']['config']['ssl']['keyfile'] - Default key location for HTTPS.
  • node['riak']['config']['ssl']['cacertfile'] - Default signing authority for HTTPS.
  • node['riak']['config']['dtrace'] - Enable DTrace (on, off).
  • node['riak']['config']['strong_consistency'] - Enable consensus subsystem (on, off).
  • node['riak']['config']['listener']['http']['internal'] - IP address and TCP port that the Riak HTTP interface will bind to.
  • node['riak']['config']['listener']['protobuf']['internal'] - IP address and TCP port that the Riak Protocol Buffers interface will bind to.
  • node['riak']['config']['protobuf']['backlog'] - Maximum length of pending connections queue.
  • node['riak']['config']['listener']['https']['internal'] - IP address and TCP port that the Riak HTTPS interface will bind to.
  • node['riak']['config']['anti_entropy'] - Strategy of repairing out-of-sync keys (active, passive, active-debug).
  • node['riak']['config']['storage_backend'] - Storage backend for Riak's key-value and secondary index data (bitcask, leveldb, memory, multi).
  • node['riak']['config']['object']['format'] - Binary representation of a Riak value stored on disk (0, 1).
  • node['riak']['config']['metadata_cache_size'] - Size of the metadata cache for each vnode.
  • node['riak']['config']['object']['size']['warning_threshold'] - Reading or writing objects larger than this size will write a warning in the logs.
  • node['riak']['config']['object']['size']['maximum'] - Writing an object larger than this will send a failure to the client.
  • node['riak']['config']['object']['siblings']['warning_threshold'] - Writing an object with more than this number of siblings will generate a warning in the logs.
  • node['riak']['config']['object']['siblings']['maximum'] - Writing an object with more than this number of siblings will send a failure to the client.
  • node['riak']['config']['bitcask']['data_root'] - A path under which Bitcask data files will be stored.
  • node['riak']['config']['bitcask']['io_mode'] - How Bitcask writes to disk (erlang, nif).
  • node['riak']['config']['riak_control.top_level'] - Enable administrative UI (on, off).
  • node['riak']['config']['riak_control']['auth']['mode'] - Authentication mode used for access to the administrative panel.
  • node['riak']['config']['riak_control']['auth']['user']['user']['password']
    • List of usernames and passwords for access to Riak Control.
  • node['riak']['config']['leveldb']['data_root'] - A path under which LevelDB data files will be stored.
  • node['riak']['config']['leveldb']['maximum_memory']['percent'] - Percentage of total server memory to assign to LevelDB.
  • node['riak']['config']['leveldb']['compaction']['trigger']['tombstone_count']
    • Controls when background LevelDB compaction initiates.
  • node['riak']['config']['jmx'] - Enable JMX monitoring output (on, off).
  • node['riak']['config']['search.top_level'] - Enable Riak Search (on, off).
  • node['riak']['config']['search']['solr']['start_timeout'] - How long Riak will wait for Solr to start.
  • node['riak']['config']['search']['solr']['port'] - Port number Solr will bind to.
  • node['riak']['config']['search']['solr']['jmx_port'] - Port number which Solr JMX binds to.
  • node['riak']['config']['search']['solr']['jvm_options'] - Options to pass to the Solr JVM.
  • node['riak']['config']['search']['anti_entropy']['data_dir'] - Path where Riak Search's Active Anti-Entropy data files will reside.
  • node['riak']['config']['search']['root_dir'] - Path for Riak Search index data.


  • node['riak']['package']['enterprise_key'] - Riak Enterprise key.
  • node['riak']['package']['version']['major'] - Major version number.
  • node['riak']['package']['version']['minor'] - Minor version number.
  • node['riak']['package']['version']['incremental'] - Incremental version number.
  • node['riak']['package']['version']['build'] - Build version number.
  • node['riak']['package']['local']['checksum'] - Checksum for local Riak package.


  • node['riak']['source']['url'] - Base path for downloading Riak source tarballs.
  • node['riak']['source']['version']['major']- Major version number.
  • node['riak']['source']['version']['minor'] - Minor version number.
  • node['riak']['source']['version']['incremental'] - Incremental version number.
  • node['riak']['source']['prefix'] - Installation prefix for source install.
  • node['riak']['source']['checksum'] - Checksum for source tarball.


  • node['riak']['limits']['nofile'] - File descriptor limit for user running the Riak service


  • node['riak']['sysctl']['vm']['swappiness']
  • node['riak']['sysctl']['net']['core']['somaxconn']
  • node['riak']['sysctl']['net']['ipv4']['tcp_max_syn_backlog']
  • node['riak']['sysctl']['net']['ipv4']['tcp_sack']
  • node['riak']['sysctl']['net']['ipv4']['tcp_window_scaling']
  • node['riak']['sysctl']['net']['ipv4']['tcp_fin_timeout']
  • node['riak']['sysctl']['net']['ipv4']['tcp_keepalive_intvl']
  • node['riak']['sysctl']['net']['ipv4']['tcp_tw_reuse']
  • node['riak']['sysctl']['net']['ipv4']['tcp_moderate_rcvbuf']


  • node['riak']['manage_java'] - Installs and configures Java.

NOTE: If node['riak']['config']['search.top_level'] is set to on then Java must be installed beforehand (either by another recipe or this one) or Riak will fail to start

NOTE: As OpenJDK isn't supported officially and Sun Java for FreeBSD is only 32bit this recipe doesn't work/isn't tested on FreeBSD.



You may notice that some attribute names contain .top_level. This is to aid rendering special configuration settings that have other settings nested beneath them.

A quick example:

search is a setting, but it also has search.solr.start_timeout and search.solr.port beneath it:

default['riak']['config']['search.top_level'] = 'off'
default['riak']['config']['search']['solr']['start_timeout'] = '30s'
default['riak']['config']['search']['solr']['port'] = 8093

These attributes render as:

search = off
search.solr.start_timeout = 30s
search.solr.port = 8093

Installation Methods

There are several installation methods for Riak supported by this cookbook. All require that the node's run_list contain the default riak recipe.

For more precise examples, please see the .kitchen.yml file.


This is the default method of installation. Ensure that node['riak']['install_method'] is set to package.

Enterprise Package

For Riak Enterprise users, installing the Enterprise package requires setting one attribute:

default['riak']['package']['enterprise_key'] = '*******'

Custom Package

If you want to install a custom package of Riak (that isn't available in your operating system's package repository), ensure that the following attributes are set appropriately:

default['riak']['install_method'] = 'custom_package'
default['riak']['package']['local']['checksum'] = '2b28aeabb21488125b7e39f768c8f3b98ac816d1a30c0d618c9f82f99e6e89d9'
default['riak']['package']['local']['url'] = 'http://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads.basho.com/riak/2.1/2.1.1/ubuntu/trusty'

NOTE: FreeBSD uses custom_package regardless.

Custom Repository

If you have a package repository setup on your operating system (that isn't Basho's) and want to install Riak from there, ensure that node['riak']['install_method'] is set to custom_repository.

NOTE: This will fail unless the package repository is configured beforehand (earlier in run_list)


If you want to install Riak (and Erlang) from source, ensure that node['riak']['install_method'] is set to source.

Optional Recipes


This is an optional recipe to set sysctl tunings such that Riak will not emit warnings to the log. As other systems or cookbooks may already configure these tunings, this recipe is optional. It should be placed in the run_list before recipe['riak'] if desired.


Basho Labs repos survive because of community contribution. Here’s how to get started.

  • Fork the appropriate sub-projects that are affected by your change
  • Create a topic branch for your change and checkout that branch git checkout -b some-topic-branch
  • Make your changes and run the test suite if one is provided (see below)
  • Commit your changes and push them to your fork
  • Open a pull request for the appropriate project
  • Contributors will review your pull request, suggest changes, and merge it when it’s ready and/or offer feedback
  • To report a bug or issue, please open a new issue against this repository


You can read the full guidelines for bug reporting and code contributions on the Riak Docs. And thank you! Your contribution is incredibly important to us.

License and Authors

  • Author: Benjamin Black (GitHub)
  • Author: Sean Carey (GitHub)
  • Author: Hector Castro (GitHub)
  • Author: Sean Cribbs (GitHub)
  • Author: Seth Thomas (GitHub)

Copyright (c) 2015 Basho Technologies, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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