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Configuration of openSUSE MicroOS and openSUSE Kubic with Ignition

Ignition is supposed to provide a lightweight alternative to cloud-init. For a short comparison of those two provisioning tools see Ignition vs cloud-init.

This Wiki page will contain SUSE specific information; for general Ignition documentation please refer to the current development snapshot on https://github.com/coreos/ignition/tree/master/doc.


Ignition is bundled with our pre-made Kubic & MicroOS VM images.

Use the following commands to install the current stack on other systems:

zypper in ignition-dracut


transactional-update pkg in ignition-dracut

For development builds see https://build.opensuse.org/project/show/devel:kubic:ignition.


Ignition configuration files

See the current Ignition documentation for creating Ignition files.

Ignition is currently packaged in a way that all mounts containing the mount option x-initrd.mount will be mounted during the files stage of Ignition. On a openSUSE MicroOS based systems this means that /var and /etc will be available by default, but /home or /root won't be. Make sure to add the flag to all mount points in /etc/fstab where you need access to.

Triggering Ignition

Premade images

On first boot the system will try to configure itself using Ignition.

Package installation

If the ignition-dracut package was installed manually, Ignition will be triggered on the next boot automatically.

The packages' post script will try to detect the current platform and set ignition.platform.id in /etc/default/grub accordingly. If the platform could not be detected metal is used as the default value.

Manual invocation

Ignition will be triggered if the ignition.firstboot kernel parameter is set. This can be achieved by using one of the following methods:

  1. Manually add the parameter ignition.firstboot to the kernel command line.
  2. Create the file /boot/writable/ignition.firstboot (which may contain further kernel parameters).

Note that Ignition also needs the ignition.platform.id parameter to be set.

USB flash drive

In addition to the platform specific methods on openSUSE it is possible to load a so called user configuration from a USB flash drive. This is especially useful with the metal platform, as there is no platform specific configuration mechanism there.

To use this feature:

  • Format your USB flash drive with any Linux file system (e.g. EXT4)
  • Set the partition label to ignition (lower case; for an EXT4 formatted drive with one partition, use e2label /dev/sdX1 ignition)
  • Mount that partition
  • Create a directory with the name ignition
  • Copy the Ignition configuration to a file called config.ign within that directory.


Add password and SSH key for root user

The SSH key will be created in /root, but only /, /var and /etc are mounted by default. For that reason /root will have to be defined explicitly.

	"ignition": { "version": "3.1.0-experimental" },
	"storage": {
		"filesystems": [
				"path": "/root",
				"device": "/dev/sda3",
				"format": "btrfs",
				"wipeFilesystem": false,
				"mountOptions": [
	"passwd": {
		"users": [
				"name": "root",
				"passwordHash": "hash, created with e.g. `openssl passwd -6`",
				"sshAuthorizedKeys": [
					"ssh-rsa long...key user@host"