CSI Driver fsGroup Support


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CSI Drivers can indicate whether or not they support modifying a volume's ownership or permissions when the volume is being mounted. This can be useful if the CSI Driver does not support the operation, or wishes to re-use volumes with constantly changing permissions.

See the design document for further information.

Example Usage

When creating the CSI Driver object, fsGroupPolicy is defined in the driver's spec. The following shows the hostpath driver with None included, indicating that the volumes should not be modified when mounted:

apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1
kind: CSIDriver
  name: hostpath.csi.k8s.io
  # Supports persistent and ephemeral inline volumes.
  - Persistent
  - Ephemeral
  # To determine at runtime which mode a volume uses, pod info and its
  # "csi.storage.k8s.io/ephemeral" entry are needed.
  podInfoOnMount: true
  fsGroupPolicy: None

Supported Modes

  • The following modes are supported:
    • None: Indicates that volumes will be mounted with no modifications, as the CSI volume driver does not support these operations.
    • File: Indicates that the CSI volume driver supports volume ownership and permission change via fsGroup, and Kubernetes may use fsGroup to change permissions and ownership of the volume to match user requested fsGroup in the pod's SecurityPolicy regardless of fstype or access mode.
    • ReadWriteOnceWithFSType: Indicates that volumes will be examined to determine if volume ownership and permissions should be modified to match the pod's security policy. Changes will only occur if the fsType is defined and the persistent volume's accessModes contains ReadWriteOnce. .

If undefined, fsGroupPolicy will default to ReadWriteOnceWithFSType, keeping the previous behavior.

Feature Gates

To use this field, Kubernetes 1.19 binaries must start with the CSIVolumeFSGroupPolicy feature gate enabled:


This is enabled by default on 1.20 and higher.