Hosting Server

Requirements

  • Python >= 3.6

  • PostgreSQL >= 10

On top of that, an object storage service should also be provided to store the encrypted data blocks. Both Amazon S3 or OpenStack Swift API are supported.

Hosting

Communication between client and server is achieved using Websocket. This allow bidirectional communication (needed by the server to be able to notify the client of remote changes) while still relying on very well supported web standard.

Parsec server respects the twelve-factor app principles. Hence each server instance is stateless and disposable, making it easy to host it on PAAS infrastructures or in containers.

In short, from a hosting point of view, Parsec server is similar to a standard web application.

Installation

$ python -m venv venv
$ . ./venv/bin/activate
$ pip install parsec-cloud[backend]

Run

Use the parsec backend run command to start Parsec server, for instance:

$ parsec backend run --port $PORT --host 0.0.0.0 --db postgresql://<...> --blockstore s3:<...> --administration-token <token>

Settings

Note

Settings can be specified by using environment variable PARSEC_CMD_ARGS. All available command line arguments can be used and environ variables within it will be expanded. For instance:

$ DB_URL=postgres:///parsec PARSEC_CMD_ARGS='--db=$DB_URL --host=0.0.0.0' parsec backend run

Host

  • --host <host>, -H <host>

  • Environ: PARSEC_HOST

  • Default: 127.0.0.1

Host to listen on.

Port

  • --port <port>, -P <port>

  • Environ: PARSEC_PORT

  • Default: 6777

Port to listen on.

Database URL

  • --db <url>

  • Environ: PARSEC_DB

Database configuration.

Allowed values:

  • MOCKED: Mocked in memory

  • postgresql://<...>: Use PostgreSQL database

Warning

MOCKED is only designed for development and testing, do not use it in production.

Database connections

  • --db-min-connections <int>

  • Environ: PARSEC_DB_MIN_CONNECTIONS

  • Default: 5

Minimal number of connections to the database if using PostgreSQL.

  • --db-max-connections <int>

  • Environ: PARSEC_DB_MAX_CONNECTIONS

  • Default: 7

Maximum number of connections to the database if using PostgreSQL.

Blockstore URL

  • --blockstore <url>, -b <url>

  • Environ: PARSEC_BLOCKSTORE

Blockstore configuration.

Allowed values:

  • MOCKED: Mocked in memory

  • POSTGRESQL: Use the database specified in the --db param

  • s3:[<endpoint_url>]:<region>:<bucket>:<key>:<secret>: Use Amazon S3 storage

  • swift:<auth_url>:<tenant>:<container>:<user>:<password>: Use OpenStack SWIFT storage

Note endpoint_url/auth_url are considered as https by default (e.g. s3:foo.com:[…] -> https://foo.com). Escaping must be used to provide a custom scheme (e.g. s3:http\://foo.com:[…]).

On top of that, multiple blockstore configurations can be provided to form a RAID0/1/5 cluster.

Each configuration must be provided with the form <raid_type>:<node>:<config> with <raid_type> RAID0/RAID1/RAID5, <node> a integer and <config> the MOCKED/POSTGRESQL/S3/SWIFT config.

For instance, to configure a RAID0 with 2 nodes:

$ parsec backend run -b RAID0:0:MOCKED -b RAID0:1:POSTGRESQL [...]

Warning

MOCKED and POSTGRESQL are only designed for development and testing, do not use them in production.

Administration token

  • --administration-token <token>

  • Environ: PARSEC_ADMINISTRATION_TOKEN

Secret token to access the administration api.

SSL

  • --ssl-keyfile <file>

  • Environ: PARSEC_SSL_KEYFILE

Custom SSL key file.

  • --ssl-certfile <file>

  • Environ: PARSEC_SSL_CERTFILE

Custom SSL certificate file.

Logs

  • --log-level <level>, -l <level>

  • Environ: PARSEC_LOG_LEVEL

  • Default: WARNING

The granularity of Error log outputs.

Must be one of DEBUG, INFO, WARNING, ERROR, CRITICAL.

  • --log-format <format>, -f <format>

  • Environ: PARSEC_LOG_FORMAT

  • Default: CONSOLE

Log formatting to use. Must be one of CONSOLE, JSON.

  • --log-file <file>, -o <file>

  • Environ: PARSEC_LOG_FILE

  • Default: log to stderr

The log file to write to.

Email

  • --backend-addr

  • Environ: PARSEC_BACKEND_ADDR

URL to reach this server (typically used in invitation emails).

  • --email-host

  • Environ: PARSEC_EMAIL_HOST

The host to use for sending email.

  • --email-port

  • Environ: PARSEC_EMAIL_PORT

  • Default: 25

Port to use for the SMTP server defined in EMAIL_HOST.

  • --email-host-user

  • Environ: PARSEC_EMAIL_HOST_USER

Username to use for the SMTP server defined in EMAIL_HOST.

  • --email-host-password

  • Environ: PARSEC_EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD

Password to use for the SMTP server defined in EMAIL_HOST. This setting is used in conjunction with EMAIL_HOST_USER when authenticating to the SMTP server.

  • --email-use-ssl

  • Environ: PARSEC_EMAIL_USE_SSL

Whether to use a TLS (secure) connection when talking to the SMTP server. This is used for explicit TLS connections, generally on port 587.

  • --email-use-tls

  • Environ: PARSEC_EMAIL_USE_TLS

Whether to use an implicit TLS (secure) connection when talking to the SMTP server. In most email documentation this type of TLS connection is referred to as SSL. It is generally used on port 465. Note that --email-use-tls/--email-use-ssl are mutually exclusive, so only set one of those settings to True.

  • --email-language

  • Environ: PARSEC_EMAIL_LANGUAGE

  • Default: en

Language used in email (Allowed values: en or fr).

Webhooks

  • --spontaneous-organization-bootstrap

  • Environ: PARSEC_SPONTANEOUS_ORGANIZATION_BOOTSTRAP

Allow organization bootstrap without prior creation.

Without this flag, an organization must be created by administration (see parsec core create_organization command) before bootstrap can occur.

With this flag, the server allows anybody to bootstrap an organanization by providing an empty bootstrap token given 1) the organization is not boostrapped yet and 2) the organization hasn’t been created by administration (which would act as a reservation and change the bootstrap token)

  • --organization-bootstrap-webhook

  • Environ: PARSEC_ORGANIZATION_BOOTSTRAP_WEBHOOK

URL to notify 3rd party service that a new organization has been bootstrapped.

Each time an organization is bootstrapped, an HTTP POST will be send to the URL with an application/json body with the following fields: organization_id, device_id, device_label (can be null), human_email (can be null), human_label (can be null).

Example:

{
  "organization_id": "MyOrg",
  "device_id": "123@abc",
  "device_label": "laptop",
  "human_email": "j.doe@example.com",
  "human_label": "John Doe"
}

Sentry

  • --sentry-url <url>

  • Environ: PARSEC_SENTRY_URL

Sentry URL for telemetry report.

Debug

  • --debug

  • Environ: PARSEC_DEBUG

Enable debug informations.

  • --dev

Equivalent to --debug --db=MOCKED --blockstore=MOCKED --administration-token=s3cr3t.