DreamCompute command-line interface cheat sheet


This article lists several common commands for your reference.

  • If you have multiple images or volumes with the same name, you must use IDs instead of names in the commands below.
  • Some of the examples below contain a back slash character at the end of each line. This back slash continues the command on the next line. If you like, you can remove this character and put the entire command on a single line.


List images you can access:

[user@localhost]$ openstack image list

Delete specified image:

[user@localhost]$ openstack image delete IMAGE

Describe a specific image:

[user@localhost]$ openstack image show IMAGE

Create a new image from an existing volume, which allows you to make copies of an exiting volume-based instance:

[user@localhost]$ openstack image create --volume VOLUME


List instances and check status of instance:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server list

List flavors:

[user@localhost]$ openstack flavor list

Boot an ephemeral instance:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server create --image IMAGE \
--flavor FLAVOR --key-name KEY INSTANCE_NAME

Show details of instance:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server show INSTANCE

View console log of instance:

[user@localhost]$ openstack console log show INSTANCE

Generate console URL for instance:

[user@localhost]$ openstack console url show INSTANCE

Set metadata on an instance:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server set --property newmeta='my meta data' INSTANCE

Create and verify details of an instance snapshot:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server image create --name IMAGE --wait INSTANCE
[user@localhost]$ openstack image show IMAGE

Pause, suspend, stop, resize, rebuild, reboot an instance

Pause – stores the state of the VM in RAM. A paused instance continues to run in a frozen state. Pausing instances does not make them unbillable:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server pause INSTANCE

Unpause – returns a paused instance back to an active state:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server unpause INSTANCE

Suspend – suspends an instance. Administrative users may wish to suspend an instance if it's infrequently used or to perform a system maintenance. When you suspend an instance, its VM state is stored on disk, all memory is written to disk, and the virtual machine is stopped. Suspending instances does not make them unbillable:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server suspend INSTANCE

Unsuspend – resumes a suspended server to an active state:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server resume INSTANCE

Lock – locks an instance. This prevents any non-administrative users with access to your DreamCompute project from modifying or manipulating the instance itself using either the DreamCompute dashboard or the OpenStack command-line client:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server lock INSTANCE

Unlock – unlocks an instance in locked state so additional operations can be performed on the server by non-admin users. By default, only owner or administrator can unlock a server:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server unlock INSTANCE


[user@localhost]$ openstack server stop INSTANCE


[user@localhost]$ openstack server start INSTANCE


[user@localhost]$ openstack server resize --flavor FLAVOR INSTANCE
[user@localhost]$ openstack server resize --confirm --wait INSTANCE
[user@localhost]$ openstack server resize --revert --wait INSTANCE


[user@localhost]$ openstack server rebuild --wait INSTANCE


[user@localhost]$ openstack server reboot --wait --soft INSTANCE
[user@localhost]$ openstack server reboot --hard --wait INSTANCE

Block Storage

Used to manage volumes that attach to instances and volume snapshots.

Create a new and empty 6 GB volume:

[user@localhost]$ openstack volume create --size 6 VOLUME

Boot an instance to attach the new volume to:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server create --image IMAGE \
--flavor FLAVOR --key-name KEY INSTANCE

List volumes and view status of volume:

[user@localhost]$ openstack volume list

Attach volume to an instance after an instance is active and volume is available:

[user@localhost]$ openstack server add volume INSTANCE VOLUME

Block Storage backups

Used to create and manage volume backups.

Create a new backup of an existing volume:

[user@localhost]$ openstack volume backup create VOLUME
[user@localhost]$ openstack volume backup create --force VOLUME
[user@localhost]$ openstack volume backup create --force --incremental VOLUME

Delete a backup of a volume:

[user@localhost]$ openstack volume backup delete VOLUME
[user@localhost]$ openstack volume backup delete --force VOLUME

List all volume backups:

[user@localhost]$ openstack volume backup list

List the volume backups for a specific volume.

[user@localhost]$ openstack volume backup --volume VOLUME

Display volume backup details:

[user@localhost]$ openstack volume backup show BACKUP


This overwrites an existing volume with a specific backup.

[user@localhost]$ openstack volume backup restore BACKUP VOLUME

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