Volume Cloning

Status and Releases

Status Min k8s Version Max k8s version external-provisioner Version
Alpha 1.15 1.15 1.3
Beta 1.16 - 1.4


A Clone is defined as a duplicate of an existing Kubernetes Volume. For more information on cloning in Kubernetes see the concepts doc for Volume Cloning. A storage provider that allows volume cloning as a create feature, may choose to implement volume cloning via a control-plan CSI RPC call.

For details regarding the kuberentes API for volume cloning, please see kubernetes concepts.

Implementing Volume cloning functionality

To implement volume cloning the CSI driver MUST:

  1. Implement checks for csi.CreateVolumeRequest.VolumeContentSource in the plugin's CreateVolume function implementation.
  2. Implement CLONE_VOLUME controller capability.

It is the responsibility of the storage plugin to either implement an expansion after clone if a provision request size is greater than the source, or allow the external-resizer to handle it. In the case that the plugin does not support resize capability and it does not have the capability to create a clone that is greater in size than the specified source volume, then the provision request should result in a failure.

Deploying volume clone functionality

The Kubernetes CSI development team maintains the external-provisioner which is responsible for detecting requests for a PVC DataSource and providing that information to the plugin via the csi.CreateVolumeRequest. It's up to the plugin to check the csi.CreateVolumeRequest for a VolumeContentSource entry in the CreateVolumeRequest object.

There are no additional side-cars or add on components required.

Enabling Cloning for CSI volumes in Kubernetes

In Kubernetes 1.15 this feature was alpha status and required enabling the appropriate feature gate:


Example implementation

A trivial example implementation can be found in the csi-hostpath plugin in its implementation of CreateVolume.