Deploying web applications using Juju on Scaleway

Deploying web applications using Juju on Scaleway


This provider is in “beta” and makes use of manual provisioning. Manual provisioning allows Juju users to implement any cloud provider’s API calls and act similar to a provider implemented in the Juju Core code base. You can access the provider source-code on github

This package provides a CLI plugin for Juju that allows automated provisioning of C1 BareMetal SSD servers on Scaleway.

This plugin is highly inspired from kAPIlt Juju plugin.


This process requires you to have a Scaleway account.


The plugin installation is done via pypi, the Python package manager, available by default on Ubuntu. A virtualenv is also recommended to sandbox this install from your system packages:

pip install -U juju-scaleway


Scaleway API Key

Before you can start using Juju with Scaleway, you need to get an API Key.

API keys are unique identifiers associated with your Scaleway account and consist of an Access Key and a Secret Key. The Secret key is required to authenticate against our API and will only be displayed when you create the API Key. Make sure to take a note of it and to keep it secret.

1 . To create an API Key for your project, click on the Credentials tab of your selected Project dashboard.

2 . Scroll down to the API Key section.

Click on Generate new API Key and a pop-up appears giving you the option of adding the API Key purpose (for internal organization). Click on Generate API Key to proceed.

The Access and Secret Key will show on your screen. Take a note of the Secret Key as it will not be recoverable.

Click OK to conclude.

In a terminal, export your credentials required by the plugin using environment variables:

export SCALEWAY_ACCESS_KEY=your_organization_id
export SCALEWAY_SECRET_KEY=your_secret_key


As environment variables are not shared between shells, you will need to repeat this operation for every shell. You can avoid this repetition by adding this environment variables in your shell’s rc files, for instance append them to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc

Juju configuration

The next step is to add an environment for Scaleway in your '~/.juju/environments.yaml'. This environment looks like the following:

        type: manual
        bootstrap-host: null
        bootstrap-user: root

Then, you have to tell Juju which environment to use. To do this, in a terminal use the following command:

export JUJU_ENV=scaleway

To set Scaleway as your default provider, run the following command in your terminal:

juju switch scaleway


Now you can bootstrap your Scaleway environment. You need to route the command through the scaleway plugin that we installed via pip.

juju scaleway bootstrap

All machines created by this plugin will have the Juju environment name as a prefix for their servers name, for instance scaleway-XXXYYYZZZ

After your environment is bootstrapped you can add additional machines to it via the add-machine command, for instance the following will add 2 additional machines:

juju scaleway add-machine -n 2
juju status

You can now use standard Juju commands to deploy service workloads (also known as charms):

juju deploy wordpress

If you don’t specify a machine to place the workload on, the machine will automatically go to an unused machine within the environment.

You can use manual placement to deploy target particular machines:

juju deploy mysql --to=2

This command deploys a MySQL unit to the server number #2.

Assemble these workloads together via relations like lego blocks:

juju add-relation wordpress mysql

You can list all machines in Scaleway that are part of the Juju environment with the list-machines command. This directly queries the Scaleway API and does not interact with the Juju API.

juju scaleway list-machines

Id       Name               Status   Created      Address
6222349  scaleway-0            active   2014-11-25
6342360  scaleway-ef19ad5cc... active   2014-11-25
2224321  scaleway-145bf7a80... active   2014-11-25

You can terminate allocated machines via their machine id. By default, the Scaleway plugin forces the terminatiom of machines, which also terminates any service unit running on on those machines:

juju scaleway terminate-machine 1 2

And you can destroy the entire environment via:

juju scaleway destroy-environment

destroy-environment also takes a –force option which only uses the Scaleway API. It’s helpful if the state server or other machines are killed independently of Juju.

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