• 1General
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  • 3Compatibility
  • 4Licensing
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The ZFS file system was originally developed by Sun Microsystems for the Solaris operating system. The ZFS source code was released in 2005 under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) as part of the OpenSolaris operating system, and it was later ported to other operating systems and environments. How to: Fix ZFS pool lost/ZFS pool not mounting after Proxmox VE (PVE) host reboot/restart Categories Operating System, Proxmox VE (PVE), Technology Tags Proxmox, Proxmox delete disk from zfs pool, Proxmox remove disk from zfs pool, Proxmox VE, Proxmox VE 6.2.1, Proxmox Virtual Environment, PVE, umount -f, ZFS, zfs destroy, ZFS Pool.


Does OpenZFS have a Code of Conduct?

Yes, the OpenZFS community has a code of conduct. See the Code of Conduct for details.

ZFS is a UNIX file system that can be used in addition to the HFS file system. It contains files and directories that can be accessed with APIs. They can also be. The Z File System (ZFS) was created by Matthew Ahrens and Jeff Bonwick in 2001. ZFS was designed to be a next generation file system for Sun Microsystems’ OpenSolaris. In 2008, ZFS was ported to FreeBSD. The same year a project was started to port ZFS to Linux.

Who contributes to OpenZFS?

OpenZFS brings together developers from multiple open-source forks of the original ZFS project from OpenSolaris to help ensure the compatibility and quality of all of our implementations.

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Development Model

Why are there four different repositories?

Each repository supports a different operating system. Even though the core of OpenZFS is platform-independent, there are a significant number of platform-specific changes need to be maintained for the parts of ZFS which interact with the rest of the operating system (VFS, memory management, disk i/o, etc.).

Are new features and improvements shared between the different repositories?

Yes. Each implementation regularly ports platform-independent changes from the other implementations. One of the goals of OpenZFS is to simplify this porting process.

Are there plans to merge the different repositories?

Not exactly. We want to simplify the sharing of code between implementations by having a platform-independent central repository that runs as a userland process on any operating system. Developers from any implementation could then easily install and test platform-independent changes in that central repository. Every implementation would port changes from this central repository instead of searching the commit history of the other implementations.

There are several reasons we do not want a single repository to support all operating systems:

  • Every developer would have the burden of testing changes for four different operating systems. Most developers are only familiar with kernel development on their operating system of choice, so this would be a huge hurdle to development.
  • Each implementation has its own process for integrating changes, some of which cannot be changed. For example OpenZFS on illumos must follow the illumos integration process because it is part of the larger illumos operating system repository. Most developers are only familiar with the integration process for their operating system of choice. Learning other processes and interacting with multiple communities would be a hurdle to development.


Are storage pools created by OpenZFS portable between operating systems?

Pools can be moved freely between different implementations of OpenZFS wherever the implementations support the same feature flags.

You can disable a feature flag for a pool when the pool is created. This may be appropriate if you expect to use the pool with a different implementation that does not support the feature.

To maintain compatibility, new feature flags are usually ported to all operating systems very quickly.

Just one pool version is associated with feature flags: version 5000. Versions less than 5000 can not use feature flags.

Are storage pools created by OpenZFS compatible with ZEVO and with Oracle® Solaris?

Yes, if you specify a pool version at the time of creation of the pool:

  • 28 or less.

GreenBytes ZEVO Community Edition 1.1.1 is based on ZFS pool version 28 and ZFS file system (zpl) version 5. Its use of a standard ZFS on-disk format is therefore binary compatible with ZFS on other platforms that support version 28 or greater.

Whilst ZEVO CE 1.1.1 was not intended to support direct interchange with other platforms, there are reports of success.

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Are pools created by Solaris compatible with OpenZFS?

Yes, if created with pool version 28 or earlier and only used on older versions of Oracle Solaris.

Oracle's closed source uses of pool versions 29–35 are not compatible.

Oracle also broke on-disk compatibility of v28 and older pools, and send/receive.

Can disks that use ZFS be used with Microsoft® Windows®?

An OpenZFS port of code to Windows is not likely in the foreseeable future. The OpenZFS launch discussion on Slashdot touches upon some of the issues.

In Stack Exchange, Access a ZFS volume in Windows? includes approaches to using the disks with alternative operating systems, and accessing that data from Windows.

During the OpenZFS_Developer_Summit_2017Jorgen Lundman gave a live demo showing a 'proof of concept' port to Windows® 10, showing such a port could be feasible in the future.


Do you plan to release OpenZFS under a license other than the CDDL?


No. We do not have the power to change the license of OpenZFS. No single entity holds the copyright to all of the OpenZFS code and all contributors to OpenZFS maintain copyright to their changes. Changing the license would require the consent of each one whose changes are part of the current codebase. That is basically everyone who has contributed since 2001.

What about the Linux port?

The ZFS on Linux project maintains its own FAQ entry on this.


What are the tradeoffs involved in using RAIDZ?

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OpenZFS Developer Summit 2020

The 2020 OpenZFS Developer Conference was held October 6-7, as an online conference.

State of OpenZFSMatt AhrensDelphix
ZFS Caching: How Big Is the ARC?George Wilson Delphix
Persistent L2ARCGeorge AmanakisIndependent
ZIL Performance Improvements for Fast MediaSaji NairNutanix
Sequential ReconstructionMark MaybeeCray
dRAID, Finally!Mark MaybeeCray
Send/Receive Performance EnhancementsMatt Ahrens Delphix
Improving “zfs diff” performance with reverse-name lookup Sanjeev Bagewadi & David Chen Nutanix
Performance Troubleshooting ToolsGaurav Kumar Nutanix
File Cloning with Block Reference TablePawel DawidekFudo Security
Hacking presentations, voting & awardseveryoneVideo
  • OpenZFS 2020 Hackathon Ideas spreadsheet

Introduction to OpenZFS

OpenZFS is an open-source storage platform. It includes the functionality of both traditional file systems and volume manager. It has many advanced features including:

  • Protection against data corruption. Integrity checking for both data and metadata.
  • Continuous integrity verification and automatic “self-healing” repair
    • Data redundancy with mirroring, RAID-Z1/2/3 [and DRAID]
  • Support for high storage capacities — up to 256 trillion yobibytes (2^128 bytes)
  • Space-saving with transparent compression using LZ4, GZIP or ZSTD
  • Hardware-accelerated native encryption
  • Efficient storage with snapshots and copy-on-write clones
  • Efficient local or remote replication — send only changed blocks with ZFS send and receive

Contributing to OpenZFS

The OpenZFS project brings together developers from the Linux, FreeBSD, illumos, MacOS, and Windows platforms. OpenZFS is supported by a wide range of companies.

There are many ways to contribute to OpenZFS including:

  • OpenZFS uses GitHub to track bug reports and feature development
  • A monthly OpenZFS Leadership Meeting Zoom call to discussion active development
  • The annual OpenZFS Developer Summit

Get Started with OpenZFS

A non-exhaustive list of OpenZFS features

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OpenZFS Technical Resources

Feature Details. Detailed subsystem/feature blogs, on-disk format specifications: Developer Resources


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