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OpenStack on Ubuntu – Part 5 – Dashboard or Horizon Service

Tags: cloudDashboardHorizonOpenStack

Published on: January 22, 2016 by Scott S

OpenStack on Ubuntu – Part 5 – Dashboard or Horizon Service


Horizon is the canonical implementation of OpenStack’s Dashboard, which provides a web based user interface to OpenStack services including Nova, Swift, Keystone, etc. The OpenStack Horizon Dashboard Service provides a web browser accessible interface to an OpenStack environment. It allows users and administrators of the environment to interact with and manage the various functional components without having to install any local client tools other than a web browser.

Installation and configuration of Horizon

Install the OpenStack dashboard components on the controller node

root@controller# apt-get install apache2 memcached libapache2-mod-wsgi openstack-dashboard

By default, OpenStack Ubuntu theme is configured, you can use the OpenStack general theme by uninstalling the Ubuntu theme as shown below.

root@controller# apt-get remove --purge openstack-dashboard-ubuntu-theme

Configure the Dashboard using the /etc/openstack-dashboard/local_settings.py file on the controller node to match the settings as shown below.

‘default’: {
‘BACKEND’ : ‘django.core.cache.backends.memcached.MemcachedCache’,

ALLOWED_HOSTS = [‘’, ‘my-desktop’]
OPENSTACK_HOST = “controller”

Restart apache and memcached

 root@controller# service apache2 restart
 root@controller# service memcached restart 

Access the dashboard by following the below mentioned URL on a web browser.


Login with credentials for any user(admin/demo) that you created with the OpenStack Identity Service.

Please see the screenshot below of the Openstack Dashboard login screen and the admin panel.

OpenStack Dashboard or Horizon service login


Image of Resource usage area of OpenStack Horizon dashboard


Now lets explore some additional services that OpenStack provides. Lets start with the OpenStack Block storage service named cinder.

Recommended Readings

OpenStack Cloud Computing Fundamentals

OpenStack On Ubuntu – Part 1- Prerequisite Setup

OpenStack on Ubuntu – Part 2 – Identity or Keystone Service

OpenStack on Ubuntu – Part 3 – Image or Glance Service

OpenStack on Ubuntu – Part 4 – Compute or Nova Service

OpenStack on Ubuntu – Part 6 – Block Storage or Cinder Service

OpenStack integration With CEPH Block Device (RBD)

Category : Howtos, Linux

Scott S

Scott S

Scott follows his heart and enjoys design and implementation of advanced, sophisticated enterprise solutions. His never ending passion towards technological advancements, unyielding affinity to perfection and excitement in exploration of new areas, helps him to be on the top of everything he is involved with. This amateur bike stunting expert probably loves cars and bikes much more than his family. He currently spearheads the Enterprise Solutions and Infrastructure Consultancy wing of SupportSages.

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