Apache ZooKeeper is a centralized, reliable application for maintaining configuration information, naming, synchronization, and group services. All of these kinds of services are used in some form or another by distributed applications. In order to install and configure Apache HBase and other Hadoop ecosystem components, you need ZooKeeper.
This charm provides version 3.4.6 of the Zookeeper application from Apache Bigtop.


Apache ZooKeeper is a high-performance coordination service for distributed
applications. It exposes common services such as naming, configuration
management, synchronization, and group services in a simple interface. Use it
off-the-shelf to implement consensus, group management, leader election, and
presence protocols. Learn more at

This charm provides version 3.4.6 of the Zookeeper component from
Apache Bigtop.


This charm requires Juju 2.0 or greater. If Juju is not yet set up, please
follow the getting-started instructions prior to deploying this charm.

Deploy a Zookeeper unit. With only one unit, the application will be running in
standalone mode:

juju deploy zookeeper

Network-Restricted Environments

Charms can be deployed in environments with limited network access. To deploy
in this environment, configure a Juju model with appropriate proxy and/or
mirror options. See Configuring Models for more information.

Configuring Network Interfaces

In some network environments, zookeeper may need to be restricted to
listen for incoming connections on a specific network interface
(e.g.: for security reasons). To do so, configure zookeeper with either a
network interface name or a CIDR range specifying a subnet. For example:

juju config zookeeper network_interface=eth0
juju config zookeeper network_interface=

Each zookeeper unit in the cluster will lookup the IP address of that
network interface, or find the first network interface with an IP
address in the specified subnet, and bind Zookeeper to that address.

If a mistake is made and an invalid name for the network interface is
configured, recover by re-configuring with the correct name and then
run "juju resolved" on any failed units:

juju config zookeeper network_interface=eth0
juju resolved zookeeper/0

To go back to listening on all interfaces, configure zookeeper with

juju config zookeeper network_interface=



Apache Bigtop charms provide extended status reporting to indicate when they
are ready:

juju status

This is particularly useful when combined with watch to track the on-going
progress of the deployment:

watch -n 2 juju status

The message column will provide information about a given unit's state.
This charm is ready for use once the status message indicates that it is

Smoke Test

This charm provides a smoke-test action that can be used to verify the
application is functioning as expected. Run the action as follows:

juju run-action zookeeper/0 smoke-test

Watch the progress of the smoke test actions with:

watch -n 2 juju show-action-status

Eventually, the action should settle to status: completed. If it
reports status: failed, the application is not working as expected. Get
more information about a specific smoke test with:

juju show-action-output <action-id>


This charm includes Zookeeper command line utilities that can also be used to
verify that the application is running as expected. Check the status of the
Zookeeper daemon with

juju run --application=zookeeper '/usr/lib/zookeeper/bin/ status'

A successful deployment will report the service mode as either standalone
(if only one Zookeeper unit has been deployed) or leader / follower (if
a Zookeeper quorum has been formed).


Running ZooKeeper in standalone mode is convenient for evaluation, some
development, and testing. In production, however, ZooKeeper should be run in
replicated mode. A replicated group of servers in the same application is
called a quorum, and in replicated mode, all servers in the quorum have
copies of the same configuration file.

In order to add new Zookeeper servers to the quorum, simply add more units.
For example, add two more zookeeper units with:

juju add-unit -n 2 zookeeper

The Zookeeper nodes will automatically perform a rolling restart to update the
Zookeeper quorum without losing any jobs in progress. Once the rolling restart
has completed, all of the Zookeeper nodes should report the following status:

ready (n units)

(Where 'n' is the total number of Zookeeper units in the quorum.)


To integrate Zookeeper into solutions with other charms, update the charms
that require Zookeeper as follows:

1) Add following lines to metadata.yaml:

     interface: zookeeper

2) Add a zookeeper-relation-changed hook. Example contents:

from charmhelpers.core.hookenv import relation_get
ZK_hostname = relation_get('private-address')
ZK_port = relation_get('port')


Apache Bigtop tracks issues using JIRA (Apache account required). File an
issue for this charm at:!default.jspa

Ensure Bigtop is selected as the project. Typically, charm issues are filed
in the deployment component with the latest stable release selected as the
affected version. Any uncertain fields may be left blank.

Contact Information



(string) Network interface to bind the Zookeeper client port to. Defaults to accepting connections on all interfaces. Accepts either the name of an interface (e.g., 'eth0'), or a CIDR range. If the latter, we\'ll bind to the first interface that we find with an IP address in that range.
(string) The cuda-repo package version to install.
(boolean) Install the CUDA binaries if capable hardware is present. This option is False by default, as not all applications support GPU acceleration.